Designed for a nominal load of 5,400 tonnes, the temporary tool will support, align, and stabilize the vacuum vessel sub-assemblies as they are joined and welded. In just a few weeks, after the installation of the first poloidal field coil, the first central column segment will be lifted into the assembly pit and anchored to the basemat.
Close to 6 metres tall and weighing approximately 70 tonnes, the first segment, the bottom cylinder, is the largest and heaviest of the column's five sections. Similar to the others, it is a hollow, rib-reinforced structure equipped with a series of interior ladders, traps and staging.
The bottom cylinder will be installed once poloidal field coil #6 has been lowered to rest on its temporary supports. Depending on the other activities in both the Assembly Hall and the assembly pit, the other sections will be lifted one by one or by pairs, extending the installation operations well into the summer.
Designed for a nominal load of 5,400 tonnes, the temporary tool (central column and radial beams) will support, align, and stabilize the vacuum vessel sub-assemblies as they are joined and welded.