Fusion with TWI
The words 'amazing' and 'incredible' are used freely these days but the ITER project
under construction in Southern France truly deserves that description.
ITER is constructing a 'Tokamak-type' experimental reactor to create energy from
nuclear fusion. This is a truly international project with scientists and technical
people from all over the world.
The facts and figures surrounding the project are impressive. The temperature at
the centre of the device will be at 150 million degrees centigrade, ten times hotter
than the centre of the sun but the 80 thousand kilometres of superconducting strands
forming the huge magnets to control the plasma will be at 4 kelvin or minus 269
degrees centigrade! The magnets themselves will operate at 13 Tesla (the earth's
magnetic field is approximately 0.1 Tesla). There is a fascinating overview of the
project on the ITER website ( www.iter.org).
The EU organisation managing Europe's contribution to ITER, Fusion for Energy (F4E),
recently turned to TWI, with its proven track record in the nuclear sector, to train
their engineers in the basics of NDT so that they can understand more fully the
inspections taking place during the construction.
If you would like to know more about the basics of NDT or its more advanced methods
TWI has training courses to suit you.
For further information, please contact: Customer Services on +44 (0)1223 899500
or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org