Spring postcards from the ITER site
Spring is blooming again on the ITER worksite and construction is booming as never before. Wherever the eye turns, there are marvels to gaze upon: the rising pillars of the Assembly Hall; the complex geometry of the rebar inside the Tokamak Complex; the strangely abstract pattern of the steel plates embedded in the walls...
As Newsline will not be published next week due to the May recess in France, we offer you this selection of worksite views.
We will be back with more news and images on 18 May.
In the early morning light
One day of rain followed by one day of wind: in Provence, this is the recipe for translucent light and bright blue sky.
Three dimensional steel lace
Steel reinforcement for the walls of the Diagnostics Building (right), bioshield (centre) and Tritium Building (left) looks like lace, knitted by a giant hand.
Like a ship's bow
It takes a special lens to capture the entire Tokamak Complex Seismic Pit in one frame.
Construction progress on the Assembly Building (background) and the Tokamak Complex (foreground) can be resumed in one word: "RISING."
Rows of pillars
These pillars are sized to support the second basement level of the Tokamak Complex (B1). Work on the B1 level will begin this summer.
Add a bit of colour, preferably primary, and these slots reserved for embedded plates could compose an art piece worthy of Mondrian.
In the rebar forest
Like so many trees in a forest, the steel rods sprouting up at the Tokamak Complex worksite seem to compete for space and light...
A dozen 400 kV electrical components for current and tension measurements seem to stand guard at the northern entrance of the Poloidal Field Coils Winding Facility. Solidly bolted into concrete and installed vertically to preserve their oil-filled insulation system, they are momentarily "stored" here in anticipation of their permanent installation on the platform later in the year.
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