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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

    Cryogenics play a central role in the ITER Tokamak: the machine's superconducting magnets (10,000 tonnes in total), the vacuum pumps, thermal shields and so [...]

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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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Worksite progress

The visible and the barely noticeable

Progress in ITER can be highly visible—like the spectacular addition of the first bridge spanning the construction platform's main boulevard (see article in this issue)—or nearly unnoticeable, like the final alignment of toroidal field coils on the vacuum vessel section inside the Tokamak pit. Whether perceptible or not, whether occurring in the intense heat of the ITER platform during the months of July and August or in the more clement temperature of the Assembly Hall, progress on the ITER site this summer was observable in every corner. To take its full measure, embark on a visual tour through the gallery below.

On 12 September, vacuum vessel sector #8, from Korea, was transferred from the upending tool (left) to the available sector sub-assembly tool on the other side of the Assembly Hall. The twin assembly tools are now both occupied, one with sector #1(7) and one with sector #8. (Click to view larger version...)
On 12 September, vacuum vessel sector #8, from Korea, was transferred from the upending tool (left) to the available sector sub-assembly tool on the other side of the Assembly Hall. The twin assembly tools are now both occupied, one with sector #1(7) and one with sector #8.




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