Six Rings to Rule the ITER Plasma

PF5 lifted with 18 clamps before cold tests in F4E Poloidal Field Coils Winding Factory at the ITER site, Cadarache. Source: F4E.

Due to their exceptionally large dimensions, four of the six poloidal field coils that will be installed in the ITER machine cannot be produced off site and shipped, and therefore have to be manufactured in the Poloidal Field Coils Winding Facility, a factory set up on the ITER site in Caradache, France. Fusion for Energy (F4E), the European Domestic Agency, is in charge of procuring five of these magnets, and manages the Poloidal Field Coils Winding Facility and the contractors involved in their fabrication.

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DEMO Oriented Neutron Source attracts record participation in the first FusionCAT online event

Figure 1. IFMIF-DONES Lithium Target Facility. Source: ifmif.org

On May 20th, our Fusion Group co-organized, as part of the FusionCAT project that we are coordinating, a webinar on the DEMO Oriented Neutron Source (DONES) project given by Dr Ángel Ibarra, the Director of the Division for Fusion Technologies at Laboratorio Nacional de Fusión, CIEMAT, Madrid (Spain) and the EUROfusion Work Package Early Neutron Source Definition and Design Project Leader.

In his talk, which attracted a total of 113 participants with a variety of backgrounds and profiles from several countries, Ángel discussed the background of the project together with its present status and near-future plans.

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Europe’s first D-shaped magnet is ready for ITER

View of the first Europe’s TF magnet. A structural steel case weighing almost 200 tonnes hosts the superconducting winding pack made of niobium-tin (Nb3Sn) cable-in-conduit conductor (CICC). Source: ITER.

After a decade-long program involving more than 700 people and 40 companies, the first of 10 Toroidal Field Coils (TFC) to be procured by Fusion for Energy, ITER’s European Domestic Agency, is ready for shipment to Cadarache, France.

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WPMAG Meeting at ENEA Frascati

ENEA Frascati.

As part of his EUROfusion Engineering Grant, our team member José Lorenzo attended the Final Magnets System project (WPMAG) meeting 2019 held at ENEA in Frascati (National Agency for New Technologies, Italy) from 11th to 13th February. During three days, the participants coming from several research units in Europe (KIT, ENEA, CEA, SPC…) could present their progress on topics related to the DEMO magnet system.

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Fusion Group Member at BSC is awarded with a EUROfusion Engineering Grant

Schematics of DEMO fusion reactor magnet system (Photo: ansys.com)

Our group member José Lorenzo has been awarded with a prestigious EUROfusion Engineering Grant (EEG) for his project Structural Analyses of DEMO Magnets. The grant has started on January 1st 2020 and will last three years.

This is the second time that our research group wins this grant. Formerly Albert Gutiérrez was awarded an EGG for the project entitled Software Engineering: Development of High Performance Computing capability for fusion workflows, integrated to the ITER Modelling framework.

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High temperature superconductivity beats the record high DC magnetic field ever reached

This ‘little big coil’, the size of a half-pint, allowed achieving the highest direct-current magnetic field of 45.5 T. From MagLab website.

The third coil in a series of High-Temperature Superconducting (HTS) coils known as ‘little big coils’ (LBC) has enabled the highest direct-current magnetic field to date at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory (MagLab), United States. This last coil which barely weighs 400 grams generated a field of 14.4 T while able to retain the superconducting state in a background field of 31.1 T created by a resistive magnet, thus reaching the highest field ever registered of 45.5 T.

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