Trained as a mechanical engineer at the prestigious Gyeongsang National University, Kyoung Kyu Kim had already accumulated, at age 31, significant experience in structural design and factory automation. The challenge he faced in 2006, however, was beyond anything he had ever anticipated. Of course, he was not starting from scratch—international ITER teams had been working on sector sub-assembly tooling since the mid-1990s as part of the
In 2006, as a young engineer, Kyoung Kyu Kim was entrusted with a daunting task—to design the giant tools (SSAT) that would assemble the ''modules'' of the ITER vacuum vessel. On a recent visit to ITER he saw them for the time in their natural environment.
Although far from being as sophisticated as the projected SSAT tools for ITER, the assembly tools used to assemble the Korean tokamak
We have grown so used to the actual size of the sector sub-assembly tools that this image feels unreal: dated 2010, it shows the model, one-fifth of the tool's actual size, that was manufactured to perform structural and functional tests, and to demonstrate the global kinematics of the system.