Enable Recite

Subscribe options

Select your newsletters:

Please enter your email address:

@

Your email address will only be used for the purpose of sending you the ITER Organization publication(s) that you have requested. ITER Organization will not transfer your email address or other personal data to any other party or use it for commercial purposes.

If you change your mind, you can easily unsubscribe by clicking the unsubscribe option at the bottom of an email you've received from ITER Organization.

For more information, see our Privacy policy.

News & Media

Latest ITER Newsline

  • Seismic analysis | Collaboration helps to keep ITER on solid ground

    At ITER, system designers have to ensure that their equipment will withstand earthquakes, large and small. Equipment required for the safety of ITER has to be d [...]

    Read more

  • Assembly preparation | Busy month ahead

    This year at ITER, the month of March will not only mark the coming of spring. It will also set into motion a series of spectacular operations in the assembly t [...]

    Read more

  • Vacuum vessel | Last phase for Europe's sector #5

    The first European vacuum vessel sector is entering an important and critical phase: the assembly and welding of four segments into the D-shaped sector. Und [...]

    Read more

  • Magnet system | Second coil comes out of the cold

    A second ring-shaped poloidal field coil has successfully passed all thermal testing. Following in the footsteps of poloidal field coil #6 (PF6), which complet [...]

    Read more

  • Thermal shield | Practising the embrace

    In the ITER Assembly Hall, fitting tests are underway on two outboard thermal shield panels. Once paired, the 11-metre-tall, silver-plated components will [...]

    Read more

Of Interest

See archived entries

Review propels poloidal field AC/DC converters to next stage

The Final Design Review for the poloidal field AC/DC converter was successfully held in Beijing, China on 23-25 September. (Click to view larger version...)
The Final Design Review for the poloidal field AC/DC converter was successfully held in Beijing, China on 23-25 September.
The Final Design Review for the poloidal field AC/DC converter was successfully held in Beijing, China on 23-25 September. In advance of the meeting—in addition to the routine duties of reviewing design documentation submitted by the Chinese Domestic Agency and its suppliers—the review panel headed by chair Ivone Benfatto of ITER's Electrical Engineering Division faced the difficult challenge of finding flights to China in the context of a major Air France strike. Fortunately, all participants were able to arrive on time and the meeting was completed according to schedule.

According to a Procurement Arrangement signed with the ITER Organization in 2011, the Chinese Domestic Agency is responsible for the procurement of the 14 poloidal field AC/DC converter units that will provide reliable, controlled DC power to the ITER poloidal field magnetic coils and dummy load for site testing.

During the meeting, the Chinese Domestic Agency and its suppliers presented their work on the final design and testing of the poloidal field AC/DC converter system and its main components such as converter transformer and converter modules. Interface requirements, key electrical and mechanical design, and Factory Acceptance Test (FAT) and Site Acceptance Test (SAT) procedures were carefully examined by the review panel members and experts.

The main supplier ASIPP (the Institute of Plasma Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences) showcased their one-of-a-kind test platform which was designed and constructed to test the ITER poloidal field converter system at various rated operation and fault conditions to verify their design. Test results of the full-scale prototype using the test platform were essential in the validation of the ASIPP final design.

The ITER Organization and Chinese Domestic Agency participants concluded the Final Design Review with a debriefing session to discuss the results of chit categorization and future actions. There were no critical chits and the review panel was confident that procurement can now advance to the next manufacturing review stage on schedule.

The meeting ended in a cooperative spirit with a remark by Peng Fu, chief engineer and ITER Project manager at ASIPP, who said, "For us chits are not just issues to be resolved, they are good proposals to improve the product and prototype design."


return to the latest published articles