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Latest ITER Newsline

  • "Friendship Award"| China honours ITER Director-General

    Last week, ITER Director-General Bernard Bigot was one of 100 foreign experts from 31 countries to be awarded China's Government Friendship Award. The Governm [...]

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  • Disruption mitigation | First tests with JET's shattered pellet injector

    A shattered pellet injector—a device which pre-empts plasma disruptions by releasing a spray of frozen deuterium-neon pellets into a plasma—is now in testing on [...]

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  • Image of the week | 12 pillars and counting

    Two rows of pillars have now appeared at the top of the ITER Tokamak Building—12 out of 20 base pillars that will soon be topped by a second level of pillars, a [...]

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  • Blanket first wall | Qualification program concludes in Europe

    Directly facing the heat and high-energy neutrons produced during fusion is the first wall of the ITER blanket—440 beryllium-coated, detachable panels that will [...]

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  • Software | ITER's healthy reliance on open source

    A long-time user of open source, ITER does not stand alone—far from it. Virtually all Big Science projects in the world are big users of public domain software. [...]

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Of Interest

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Caring for tritium

Tritium, one of the two heavy isotopes of hydrogen, is as rare as it is precious. In the present state of technology, it is one of the indispensable ingredients to achieving fusion energy.

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Tritium is a radioactive isotope of hydrogen and, as such, demands to be treated with extreme care and precaution. In the ITER installation, an entire building is devoted to its storage, handling and processing.

Following the installation earlier this year of six water detritiation tanks on the lower basement level (B2) of the Tritium Building (part of the Tokamak Complex), work is now underway on the floor slab of the B1 basement level.

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Workers are carefully positioning hundreds of embedded plates into the dense rebar lattice before concrete pouring operations. Embedded plates offer extremely robust anchorage for the installation of equipment.


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