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  • Gravity supports | First production unit in China

    Bolted in a perfect circle to the pedestal ring of the cryostat base, 18 gravity supports will brace the curved outer edge of each toroidal field coil. These un [...]

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  • Conference | Fun-filled vacuum

    The science of ITER is not simple. But with a bit of imagination (and a dose of humour) a way can be found to convey the most complex physics notions to a publi [...]

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  • Naive question of the week | What happens to the car keys?

    We begin today a new series that aims to answer basic, even naive, questions about fusion and ITER. An image used often, when trying to convey the amount of e [...]

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  • Metrology | Facing the millimetre test

    In the realm of the very large at ITER, some of the biggest challenges are lurking down in the millimetre range. Within the Assembly Building a massive struct [...]

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  • Fusion research in Europe | Working it out together

    In Europe, fusion research is structured around a goal-oriented roadmap that closely involves universities, research laboratories and industry. Sibylle Günter, [...]

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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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