Wednesday, 31 July 2013 14:44
The Institute of Plasma Physics Chinese Academy of Sciences (abbreviated as ASIPP) has delivered the poloidal field conductors’ procurement package PF5 conductor to the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) in Casarache, France. This is China’s first product delivered to the ITER site.
ASIPP has undertaken manufacturing of a total of 64 conductors of the PF procurement package for ITER. The ITER PF conductors are different in that their exterior is square but the interior is round and its manufacturing process is complicated. Through efforts of the department of supervinducting magnets and power saving technology research, ASIPP completed the pipe welding, armor and welds NDT, conductor forming and closed circle technology R & D.
Researchers have carried out a variety of acceptance testing. Approval was given in March 2013, in accordance with the PF technical requirements, ASIPP packaged PF5 conductor. On April 25, the conductors were shipped from ASIPP at Hefei, reaching ITER headquarters in Shanghai on June 3 after 500 kilometers by road. Upon arrival, people from ITER’s magnets departments and European nuclear fusion energy agencies detected the conductor crates.
In the mid-1980s, the United States, France and other countries initiated the ITER program at a cost of 4.6 billion Euros, aiming at constructing the world’s first controlled thermonuclear fusion experimental reactor to generate clean energy. This process is similar to the process of energy generated by the sun, so the controlled thermonuclear fusion experimental device is also knownas “artificial sun”. China is one of seven members participating in this program and has undertaken nearly 10% of the procumbent package for the ITER device.