In one corner of the ITER Assembly Hall, work has started on the second of the six central solenoid modules. Once all six modules are stacked one on top of another, they will form the 18-meter-tall, 1,000-tonne ITER central solenoid.
As of July 2023, three of the needed six central solenoid modules have been delivered to the ITER site.
The component is the third of seven modules expected on site.
The first sequence of central solenoid assembly will be to install the three lower modules on top of the key blocks.
What role will the central solenoid magnet in the ITER tokamak perform? US ITER produced an animation that shows the magnet’s critical role for starting and sustaining the ITER plasma.
The arrival at the ITER site of the first of seven 110-ton magnet modules for ITER’s central solenoid attracted attention around the world. But that milestone was just one among a slew of recent US ITER accomplishments.
The first of six superconducting magnet modules for the ITER central solenoid left General Atomics’ Magnet Technologies Center in Poway, California for the ITER site in France.
As Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Material Plasma Exposure eXperiment (MPEX) prepares for the start of fabrication, ORNL’s Phil Ferguson credits US ITER staff for sharing hard-earned expertise to help jump-start the design of the MPEX superconducting magnet system.
Like many other ITER staff around the world, US ITER senior project engineer Travis Reagan did not expect to spend most of 2020 working remotely.
After enduring a battery of rigorous tests, the first of seven (six plus 1 spare) superconducting magnet modules that will make up the heart of the ITER international fusion reactor earned a clean bill of health.