At the Institute of Plasma Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences (ASIPP) in Hefei, a six-year-long industrial adventure has come to a close with the completion of the final fabrication steps on poloidal field coil #6 (PF6).
Ten metres in diameter, 1.2 metres in height, and with a cross-section of 1.6 metres: poloidal field coil #6 will be installed under the machine inside of the cryostat base. After six years of fabrication, the coil is ready to be shipped to ITER. (To the right of the completed component is the vacuum chamber where high-voltage tests were carried out and—further along—the transport case on the transport frame.)
After its delivery to the ITER site, the PF6 coil will be cold tested by Fusion for Energy in the Poloidal Field Coils Winding Building. As the bottommost magnet, PF6 will be installed first during machine assembly, immediately followed in the installation sequence by PF5.
A ceremony on Friday 20 September was attended by representatives of the Chinese government at local and national level, the Chinese and European Domestic Agencies, ASIPP, and dignitaries. Shaking hands in the photo above are Jean-Marc Filhol (Head of the ITER Programme Department in the European Domestic Agency) and Yuntao SONG, Deputy Director of ASIPP.