At the moment, an appreciable fraction of the world wide fusion community is involved in the ongoing ITER design review. During a meeting held on 5 June, the chairmen of the eight design review working groups reported that the design review is well on track for most of the issue groups distilled from the 450 original issues.
In two 4-day meetings in July and September the working groups will present their recommendations to the ITER management in order to take decisions (adopting, rejecting or further study) on proposed design requirements or design changes. If recommendations are adopted they will be entered formally into the standard ITER process for design changes, where they will be studied in detail by the Participant Teams and the ITER Organization. Adopted requirements and design changes will be entered into the ITER baseline 2007. The complete process should be finalised until November this year where the ITER council is expected to adopt the new baseline design of ITER. return to Newsline #11