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  • Thermal shield | First 23 panels fit like clockwork

    During fitting trials in Korea, 23 stainless steel panels have been successfully pre-assembled into the first sector of vacuum vessel thermal shield. In a major [...]

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  • Promising research | Taming "ill-behaving" fusion plasmas

    Certain types of magnetic distortions have proved beneficial in suppressing ELM-type instabilities at the edge of fusion plasmas—periodic bursts of energy that [...]

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  • Divertor rails | A chicken and egg situation

    In the ideal world of 3D drawings, a component's dimensions are by definition nominal and parts fit together like cogs and gears in a pricey wristwatch. The rea [...]

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  • Transformers | The switch can now be flipped

    For close to four weeks they tested all the signals, confronting the figures that appeared on their screens to in-field observations and measurements. Transmitt [...]

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  • ITER at IAEA Conference | The spirit of "Atoms for peace"

    The General Conference of the International Atomic Energy Agency is among the largest and most diverse annual gatherings—more than 2500 participants from 153 co [...]

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Image of the week

Scaffolding removed, details revealed

The weather service had forecast a snowfall. What we got instead was gorgeous late afternoon light revealing every detail of the spectacular structure facing our windows.

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Most the scaffolding visible from ITER Headquarters has been removed and we can now clearly see two of the three cargo lift openings for the cask and plug remote handling system at the lower levels of the structure (centre left). To the right a large rectangular opening has been reserved for installation activities related to the neutral beam injection system. Further to the right, another smaller opening will serve the same purpose.

At the top of the concrete structure, a fourth cargo lift opening is being prepared (centre) and temporary structures, looking like oversized diving boards, have been installed to assist in the lifting operation for the temporary lid of the bioshield. In March, the lid will be raised from its current location to the top of the bioshield to create a protected work area below.


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