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Fabrication of Central Solenoid Module 1 Nears Completion

Module 1 of the central solenoid after vacuum pressure impregnation

The team at General Atomics' Magnet Technologies Center in Poway, CA, poses in front of the first central solenoid module to complete fabrication through vacuum pressure impregnation.

January 7, 2019

US ITER and contractor General Atomics recently achieved a major milestone in fabricating the ITER central solenoid, completing vacuum pressure impregnation (VPI) on the first production module. The VPI process is the penultimate step of fabrication that turns almost 6 km of carefully wound superconducting conductor into a structurally strong, electrically insulated electromagnet. 

"Completion of VPI is a critical step in the process and the team worked diligently and with great care to insure its success," said John Smith, project manager for General Atomics. "The first production unit now looks like a central solenoid module, and it won't be too much longer before it is complete and begins to function as one."

Source: ITER Newsline

Last Updated: January 7, 2019 - 1:50 pm