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  • Fuelling fusion | The magic cocktail of deuterium and tritium

    Nuclear fusion in stars is easy: it just happens, because the immense gravity of a star easily overcomes the resistance of nuclei to come together and fuse. [...]

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  • 360° image of the week | The cryoplant

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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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    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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    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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Image of the week

A most daunting task

It may be one of the most spectacular Christmas presents ITER will receive this year: the first building block of the most complex plasma chamber ever conceived.

Workers look small when they stand at the foot of this unique and spectacular D-shaped structure. (Click to view larger version...)
Workers look small when they stand at the foot of this unique and spectacular D-shaped structure.
The sector #6 sub-assembly, the first of the nine 40° sections of the ITER vacuum vessel, is almost ready to be lowered in the assembly pit. The sub-assembly is formed by a 440-tonne vacuum vessel sector, two 360-tonne toroidal field coils, lighter but no less essential thermal shield panels, and a set of smaller components that bring the total weight of the sub-unit to approximately 1,250 tonnes.

A few more weeks and the assembly will be finalized. The ITER teams and their contractors will have accomplished one of their most daunting tasks: aligning components as tall as a six-storey building with almost clockwork precision.



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