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  • Cryoplant | Filled from floor to ceiling

    The ITER cryoplant used to be a vast echoey chamber with 5,400 m² of interior space divided into two areas; now, it is filled from floor to ceiling with industr [...]

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  • Cryostat | Adjusting, welding, testing ...

    The assembly of the ITER cryostat—the stainless steel "thermos" that insulates the ultra-cold superconducting magnets from the environment—is progress [...]

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  • Tokamak Building | Full steam ahead

    In this central arena of the construction site, construction teams are active three shifts a day—two full work shifts and a third, at night, dedicated to moving [...]

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  • Poloidal field coils | Turning tables and hot resin

    One of only two manufacturing facilities located on the ITER site, the Poloidal Field Coils Winding Facility was constructed by Europe to house the winding, imp [...]

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  • Assembly Hall | One giant standing

    Two identical handling tools in the Assembly Hall will play a critical role in preparing ITER's nine vacuum vessel sectors for their final journey: transport by [...]

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Image of the week

Moving into place

The two quench tanks that were sitting in the holding area on the edge of the ITER premises near the car park moved onto the ITER platform today.

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A remotely handled self-propelled modular transporter with 18 independently manoeuvrable axles took one tank to its final destination just outside the cryoplant building. The second tank, already transferred onto the platform, will join its twin later this week.

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With their dimensions of 35 metres in length and almost five metres in diameter, and weighing 163 tonnes each, the twin tanks are among the largest components of the cryoplant. They are integral parts of the cryogenic system, designed to hold helium from the Tokamak's magnetic system in case of a sudden loss of superconductivity (a quench).


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