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  • Cryoplant | Filled from floor to ceiling

    The ITER cryoplant used to be a vast echoey chamber with 5,400 m² of interior space divided into two areas; now, it is filled from floor to ceiling with industr [...]

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  • Cryostat | Adjusting, welding, testing ...

    The assembly of the ITER cryostat—the stainless steel "thermos" that insulates the ultra-cold superconducting magnets from the environment—is progress [...]

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  • Tokamak Building | Full steam ahead

    In this central arena of the construction site, construction teams are active three shifts a day—two full work shifts and a third, at night, dedicated to moving [...]

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  • Poloidal field coils | Turning tables and hot resin

    One of only two manufacturing facilities located on the ITER site, the Poloidal Field Coils Winding Facility was constructed by Europe to house the winding, imp [...]

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  • Assembly Hall | One giant standing

    Two identical handling tools in the Assembly Hall will play a critical role in preparing ITER's nine vacuum vessel sectors for their final journey: transport by [...]

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A pit... no more

With work beginning on the ground level (L1) of the Diagnostics Building, the concrete and steel of the Tokamak Complex will soon be flush with the ITER platform. The 90 x 130 metre "Pit" of yesterday is gone but the central, perfectly round assembly area for the Tokamak remains ...
 
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In the centre of the Tokamak Complex worksite, 6 concrete plots out of 11 have been poured for the Tokamak Building's B1-level basemat, as well as 6 massive columns out of 18. Pouring and rebar installation continues for successive levels of the ITER bioshield, the 3.2-metre-thick "ring fortress" surrounding the machine whose role is to protect workers and the environment from the radiation generated by the fusion reaction.

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The landscape in the area is now dominated by the black, temporary facade of the Assembly Building, now adorned with a giant poster of the ITER machine. Eventually, as the Tokamak Building rises to meet the Assembly Building, the cladding will be removed and the two buildings will be joined into one.


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