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  • Central solenoid assembly | First sequences underway

    What does it take to assemble the magnet at the heart of ITER? Heavy lifting, unerring accuracy, and a human touch. The central solenoid will be assembled from [...]

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  • Assembly | The eyes of ITER

    Supervisors ensure compliance and completion as machine and plant assembly forges ahead. In Greek mythology, Argus was considered an ideal guardian because his [...]

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  • Component repairs | Removing, displacing and disassembling

    A good repair job starts with a cleared workbench, the right tools on hand and a strong vise. This axiom, true for odd jobs in a home workshop, is also true for [...]

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  • Assembly | Set of handling tools for in-vessel installation finalized

    Inside of a test facility that reproduces the volume and geometry of the ITER vacuum vessel environment, a team from CNIM Systèmes Industriels has dem [...]

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  • 360° image of the week | The assembly theatre

    Ever since it was invented almost two centuries ago, photography has tried to capture what the human eye actually sees. Despite huge progress achieved, it has n [...]

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Photo reportage

Travelling with a coil

From the salt marshes of the inland sea Étang-de-Berre to the rolling hills around the ITER site (with a view of some of the highest alpine summits) an ITER convoy travels the whole range of Provencal landscapes.

It is a little after 2:00 a.m. on the ITER site and for PF #6, it is the end of the 10,000-kilometre journey from its manufacturing site in Hefei, China. (Click to view larger version...)
It is a little after 2:00 a.m. on the ITER site and for PF #6, it is the end of the 10,000-kilometre journey from its manufacturing site in Hefei, China.
As it progresses along the 104-kilometre ITER Itinerary, an ITER convoy adds a new dimension to these glorious vistas—the harsh beauty of a unique machine transporting a unique load.

Last week, Newsline travelled with the ITER convoy delivering poloidal field coil #6, capturing some of the most spectacular moments of the four-night journey.

Whether in person or remotely, representatives of Europe and China joined ITER staff and Director-General Bernard Bigot in a celebration shortly after the component's arrival. (Click to view larger version...)
Whether in person or remotely, representatives of Europe and China joined ITER staff and Director-General Bernard Bigot in a celebration shortly after the component's arrival.
Procured by Europe and manufactured in China, the ring-shaped magnet coil will be the first to be integrated into the ITER machine. The massive component arrived on site on Friday 26 June after a 10,000-kilometre voyage from its manufacturing site in Hefei, China.

See a video of the last leg of the voyage here.


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