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Half of the work on the thermonuclear reactor ITER construction is completed

Half of the work on the thermonuclear reactor ITER construction is completed

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Date : Dec 07, 2017 10:24 PM

The reactor launch to be held in 2025

The total amount of work to create the world’s largest thermonuclear reactor ITER is half completed. Engineering is almost completed, the ITER press service told.

Overall workload required for the reactor launch is calculated according to the scheme created in the ITER, which takes into account in different proportions the engineering, construction of infrastructure and the production of reactor parts. The projected time of reactor launch has not changed, experts from the ITER project center count on the «first plasma» in December, 2025. The commercial use of thermonuclear reactors will begin in the 2040s, according to the ITER forecasts.

Let’s remind, the EU, India, China, the Republic of Korea, the Russian Federation, the United States, and Japan participate in the project.

Countries contribute by performing the details of the future tokamak. In Russia, for instance, work is under way to create poloidal coils, massive tires for supplying electric power to the tokamak and tungsten parts that will be located in the inner part of the thermonuclear reactor. This October, the Efremov Research Institute of Electrophysical Apparatus (NIIEFA) sent another batch of aluminum busbars to the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) in France.

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