West technical tour

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

The CEA Fusion Research Institute (CEA-IRFM) is located on CEA Cadarache Centre. It gathers around 300 people involved in Fusion research. CEA and its partners operate the WEST tokamak in the purpose of preparing ITER experiments. WEST is the acronym for W (tungsten) Environment in Steady-state Tokamak and it is the transformation of the Tore Supra tokamak from a carbon limiter to a tungsten divertor configuration.

Tore Supra was the first large tokamak equipped with superconducting magnets and actively cooled plasma facing components designed for long pulse operation.

WEST is targeted at supporting ITER construction and operation and contributing to DEMO conceptual studies. Its key missions are twofold:

  • Operating and testing ITER grade Plasma Facing Components in tokamaks
  • Progressing towards long pulse H mode and steady state operation in full tungsten environment

IRFM offers you a complete virtual tour of the WEST facility. You will discover its particularities and all the systems required for its operation (superconducting coils, cryomagnetic system cooled at 1.8K, power supplies, heating system, cooling system, diagnostics, plasma facing components laboratory and the control room).

After the virtual visit, a chat with IRFM researchers and engineers will allow asking questions on the device and its program.

The WEST site tour is scheduled on Tuesday from 9h00 to 10h00 and from 16h00 to 17h00 (CEST). Written chat for questions and comments are available during these periods.

Questions will be answered live by: Ph. Moreau, Alberto Gallo, Sylvie Gibert and Emmanuelle Tsitrone.


LMJ-PETAL

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

This event is a mix between technical tour and presentation of the main achievements of the CEA Inertial fusion facility LMJ-PETAL.

It reviews the whole activities contributing to this program, from the construction phase of this very large fusion facility to plasma diagnostic and target developments. Several experiments ranging from radiative hydrodynamics to inertial fusion have already been carried out and will be reviewed. LMJ is also open to academic experiments covering a wide spectrum of topics, from planetology to laboratory astrophysics and fusion energy.

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to update your background on high-energy-density science and inertial fusion!

The LMJ-PETAL technical tour/webinar is scheduled on Tuesday from 11h00 to 12h00 and from 15h00 to 16h00 (CET). Written chat for questions and comments are available during these periods

Questions will be answered live by: Erik Lefebvre, LMJ Project Leader


Air Liquide

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

This event is a webinar which will highlight “How Air Liquide contributed to making the future of fusion energy project successful ”

We provide in this webinar some background information useful in defining cryogenics for the future fusion power plants with a specific approach to capital and operational cost reduction.

The webinar is followed by a session of Q/A.

The session is presented by Domenico D’Andrea, Senior Business Developper for Big Science and Fusion market.  

The Air Liquide Combined event is scheduled on Wednesday from 9h00 to 10h00 and from 14h00 to 15h00 (CET). Written chat for questions and comments are available during these periods.

Questions will be answered live by: Domenico d’Andrea, Senior Business Developer for Big Science and Fusion market.


ITER worksite tour

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Over the past year, the ITER project has made some very impressive and tangible progress. In this virtual tour around the worksite, recorded especially for the FEC2020 (May 2021), we invite you to explore the current state of work. And, as we make no small promises, we do guarantee that you will get to see parts of ITER you certainly have not seen before.

The ITER site tour is scheduled on Wednesday from 10h00 to 11h00 and from 15h00 to 16h00 (CET). Written chat for questions and comments are available during these periods.

Questions will be answered live by: Kirsten Haupt, IO communication officer, Sabina Griffith, Julie Marcillat


IFMIF

Thursday, May 13, 2021

The IFMIF Technical Tour shows the most prominent components and utilities of the Linear IFMIF Prototype Accelerator (LIPAc), assembly challenges, commissioning operations and first beam sessions associated with scientific and technical comments. The role of LIPAc towards the development of future Fusion Neutron Sources (DONES, A-FNS) and their expected contributions to the progress of the development of resilient material for fusion reactor leading to a faster track to DEMO is also addressed.

The tour will highlight the common work and collaborative spirit developed jointly by Europe and Japan in the framework of the Broader Approach and the effort and recognition of the industrial companies involved.. IFMIF is settled at Rokkhasho-Mura, Japan.

The IFMIF technical tour is scheduled on Thursday from 9h00 to 10h00 and from 14h00 to 15h00 (CET). Written chat for questions and comments are available during the tours.

Questions will be answered live by: Philippe Cara, Head of the IFMIF project


DIII-D technical tour

Friday, May 14, 2021

The DIII-D National Fusion Facility, operated at San Diego, California, by General Atomics for the U.S. Department of Energy, is a world-leading research facility that is pioneering the science and innovative techniques that will enable the development of nuclear fusion as an energy source for the next generation.                                                                                                

DIII-D is the product of evolving fusion research at GA going back to the 1950s. Early tokamak designs, starting in the 1960s, were circular in cross-section, but GA scientists developed the “doublet” , a configuration with an elongated hourglass-shaped plasma cross-section.

The Doublet I, II, and III tokamaks in the 1970s and 1980s showed that this approach allowed for a hotter and denser stable plasma. Further research led to a modification of Doublet III in the mid-1980s to DIII-D’s current D-shaped cross-section. Successes with this configuration inspired many other devices to adopt the D-shape, including JET (UK), TCV (Switzerland), ASDEX-U (Germany), JT-60U (Japan), KSTAR (Korea), and EAST (China).

DIII-D technical tour is scheduled on Friday from 09h00 to 10h00 and from 16h00 to 17h00 (CET). Written chat for questions and comments will be made available during these periods.

Questions will be answered live by: 

  • First slot: Nick Logan, Tyler Abrams and Julie Harris,  
  • Second Slot: Theresa Wilks, Adam McLean, David Eldon and Julie Harris