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  • FEC2020 | Seeking sponsors for 28th IAEA Fusion Energy Conference

    For only the third time since 1961, the International Atomic Energy Agency's Fusion Energy Conference will be taking place in France—hosted jointly by the Frenc [...]

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  • Nuclear safety | Under constant scrutiny

    Because one of the elements involved in the fusion reaction is the radioactive isotope tritium, and because the hydrogen fusion reaction itself generates a high [...]

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  • Power conversion | Alien structures and strange contraptions

    There are places in ITER that seem to belong to another world, places full of alien structures and strange contraptions. The feeling—a mixture of awe and puzzle [...]

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  • Tokamak Complex | A changing landscape

    For the past three years, the view from the top of the highest worksite crane has not changed much. Inside of the Tokamak Complex, 80 metres below, concrete gal [...]

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  • Ion cyclotron heating | How to pump 20 MW of power into 1 gram of plasma

    To power the ion cyclotron system, the ITER Organization and its partners are designing not only new antennas, which will be housed in the tokamak vessel, but a [...]

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Sabina Griffith

A 3D model of the ITER vacuum vessel ... (Click to view larger version...)
A 3D model of the ITER vacuum vessel ...
... with its ports stripped off. (Click to view larger version...)
... with its ports stripped off.
In-wall shielding. (Click to view larger version...)
In-wall shielding.
This week, the Vacuum Vessel Division and many people including external support staff of the CAD and Design Coordination Division had reason to take a deep breath and open a bottle. All the 3D models for the ITER vacuum vessel including the detailed models of the ports and the in-wall shielding have been completed and were handed over to the corresponding Domestic Agencies in charge of manufacturing the components.

That's Europe, who will procure seven of the nine vacuum vessel sectors; Korea, who will procure the remaining two sectors plus the equatorial and the lower ports; the Russian Federation who will procure the upper ports; and India for the manufacture of the in-wall shielding that will protect the tokamak components from neutron radiation and help optimize the plasma performance.

A huge achievement that only became possible through the collaborative and dedicated work of many individuals forming one big team. (Click to view larger version...)
A huge achievement that only became possible through the collaborative and dedicated work of many individuals forming one big team.
"We are very pleased, as the delivery of all the models is a very important milestone in order to meet the ITER construction schedule," said Kimihiro Ioki, Head of the Vacuum Vessel Division. "The models are very important for Europe for the tendering process which is now going on. We expect the contract to be awarded in October this year. For India and Russia it is the same situation ... the contract will be awarded to industry in July. The Korean Domestic Agency has already awarded the contract."


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