ITER, a machine that will imitate the sun, will also mimic the sun’s extreme environment: intense heat, strong magnetic fields and radiation.
The cryogenic test facility at Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Spallation Neutron Source (SNS) provided a unique environment for testing the performance of a 9 foot-tall tritium-compatible cryoviscous compressor pump prototype designed for the ITER tokamak.
―Agatha Bardoel Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Fusion Pellet Fueling Lab has been at the center of design and testing of plasma fueling systems for tokamak research applications for decades. Since the mid-1970s, lab researchers have been designing, testing, and contributing hardware for fusion magnetic confinement experiments here in the United States and around the world. […]