Central Solenoid Photo Gallery

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ITER Central Solenoid Fabrication Facility

ITER Central Solenoid Fabrication Facility

One of 52 spools of conductor received at the Magnet Technologies Production facility

One of 52 spools of conductor received at the Magnet Technologies Production facility

One of 52 spools of conductor received at the Magnet Technologies Production facility

One of 52 spools of conductor received at the Magnet Technologies Production facility

Moving 250,000 lbs (110-tonne) module in facility requires air transporter

Moving 250,000 lbs (110-tonne) module in facility requires air transporter

Each central solenoid module will be fabricated from approximately  6,000 meters of niobium-tin (Nb3Sn) conductor. The production module segment here  is wound from 900m length of conductor into 14 turn pancakes with six layers

Each central solenoid module will be fabricated from approximately 6,000 meters of niobium-tin (Nb3Sn) conductor. The production module segment here is wound from 900m length of conductor into 14 turn pancakes with six layers

De-Spooling the Conductor Prior to winding, the conductor is  “de-spooled” from the shipping  fixture and straightened

De-Spooling the Conductor Prior to winding, the conductor is “de-spooled” from the shipping fixture and straightened

Bending to the Required Shape The bending head of the winding line forms each layer to specific dimensions  Two winding lines have been installed

Bending to the Required Shape The bending head of the winding line forms each layer to specific dimensions Two winding lines have been installed

Wound six layer pancake ready for  terminal preparation

Wound six layer pancake ready for terminal preparation

Terminal lead nearing completion

Terminal lead nearing completion

Conductor strands prior to chrome stripping

Conductor strands prior to chrome stripping

Conductor strands after chrome stripping

Conductor strands after chrome stripping

Splicing the conductor cable to join six layer segments together

Splicing the conductor cable to join six layer segments together

Welding stainless cover over the splice joint

Welding stainless cover over the splice joint

Completed splice joint

Completed splice joint

Air transporter placing qualification coil in furnace for  heat treatment at 650°C

Air transporter placing qualification coil in furnace for heat treatment at 650°C

Technicians inspecting the placement of the coil in furnace

Technicians inspecting the placement of the coil in furnace

Furnace closed for module heat treatment

Furnace closed for module heat treatment

Heat treatment furnace

Heat treatment furnace

Turn insulation station structure lifts and raises 110-tonne module and releases individual turns for insulation wrapping

Turn insulation station structure lifts and raises 110-tonne module and releases individual turns for insulation wrapping

Qualification coil suspended from structure with insulated turns placed on base plate

Qualification coil suspended from structure with insulated turns placed on base plate

Insulating wrapping machine

Insulating wrapping machine

Automated heads wrapping fiberglass tape around the conductor

Automated heads wrapping fiberglass tape around the conductor

Module mold along side resin tanks, and mixing pump system for  injecting 3,000 liters of resin to encapsulate the module

Module mold along side resin tanks, and mixing pump system for injecting 3,000 liters of resin to encapsulate the module

Qualification module size test article being prepared for resin injection

Qualification module size test article being prepared for resin injection

1 kw super critical helium supply system used for cooling the CS modules to 4.7°K

1 kw super critical helium supply system used for cooling the CS modules to 4.7°K

Final test chamber liquid nitrogen cooled thermal shields

Final test chamber liquid nitrogen cooled thermal shields

Final test chamber and feeder system

Final test chamber and feeder system

50kA magnet charging power supply with 1GJ fast discharge system including 7kV DC Switch and dump resistor for full current testing of CS modules

50kA magnet charging power supply with 1GJ fast discharge system including 7kV DC Switch and dump resistor for full current testing of CS modules

ITER Central Solenoid consists of 6 modules and a structure with an overall height of 59 feet

ITER Central Solenoid consists of 6 modules and a structure with an overall height of 59 feet