In the News

  • GA’s Prestigious Summer Internship for Undergraduates Gets Star Billing in the University of South Dakota Student News Site

  • Scientific Excellence

    Two GA researchers have been recognized for their significant contributions to advancing the scientific quest for fusion, Joe Kilkenny and Michael Van Zeeland. They will receive their awards in Washington, D.C.

  • General Atomics Makes the R&D Top 100 Award Finalists

    A stainless steel ball is supported by a thin sheet of plastic about 200 atoms thick. The plastic sheet was produced using a technology known as Polyelectrolyte Enabled Liftoff (PEEL), which was developed by LLNL researchers and General Atomics. 

  • Small modular reactors are nuclear energy’s future

    As delays mount at large new nuclear power projects around the world, more attention is turning to smaller alternatives, which industry experts hope may help provide the next generation of electricity (PDF).

  • Central solenoid fabrication: a photo reportage from ITER Newsline

    Central solenoid fabrication: a photo reportage 

    Inside of a purpose-built facility at General Atomics in California (US), ten customized workstations for central solenoid production—from winding through to final testing—have been built and are undergoing commissioning with a dummy coil. Winding was completed in April on the first 14-layer module. 

    The ITER central solenoid is the giant electromagnet at the centre of the ITER machine that will generate most of the magnetic flux charge of the plasma, initiating the initial plasma current and contributing to its maintenance. Six individual coil modules will be stacked vertically within a "cage" of supporting structures. General Atomics will also produce a seventh module as a spare. 

    As part of its in-kind contributions to ITER, the US is responsible for 100 percent of the central solenoid magnet, including design, R&D, module fabrication from conductor supplied by Japan, associated structure, assembly tooling, bus extensions, and cooling connections. 

    In the photo gallery below, follow the mock coil through the manufacturing workstations, and view the latest pictures of module 1 winding and magnet structure fabrication. 

    All photos courtesy of General Atomics unless otherwise indicated.

    Click here to view the photos

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