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  • Plasma physics | Be clean, be strong

    To achieve maximum fusion efficiency in a tokamak device it is essential to limit the impurities in the plasma. But this can be a challenge, as interaction betw [...]

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    The realm of the extremely cold is fascinating. Temperatures driving toward absolute zero, 'steaming' cryogenic liquids and hovering magnets create an air of ma [...]

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    The bottom line is always what matters. For the statement issued on Thursday 12 April by the European Council of Ministers, the key phrase was in the final poin [...]

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The cold factory

In order to maintain 10,000 tonnes of magnets at superconducting temperature, to cool the thermal shield and to feed the cryopumps, ITER will need to circulate huge quantities of cooling fluids.

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As a consequence, the ITER cryoplant (worksite pictured) will be deliver 75 kW of combined cooling power.

The soccer-field-size installation will comprise three identical plants to store and circulate liquid helium (at a temperature of 4 K or minus 269 °C) throughout the installation.

Helium is not the only ultra-cold fluid that the cryoplant will produce. Liquid nitrogen, at a temperature of minus 196 °C, will be used as a "pre-cooler" in the liquid helium plants.

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On the site of the cryoplant, not far from the Poloidal Field Coils Winding Facility, the foundations are in place. Work is now focused on the construction of the columns that will support the cranes for the installation's maintenance and on the slabs that will support the heavy megawatt-class screw compressors and high-speed turbines.

The building structure should be delivered in April 2017.


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