Russia completes the second ITER Procurement Arrangement

In June, Russia has officially completed its second Procurement Arrangement within the framework of the ITER Project joint implementation – ploidal field conductors for the ITER magnet system have been fabricated in full scope.

Superconducting magnet system is one of the most important and expensive elements of the fusion facility. ITER’s magnet system based on superconducting materials is necessary to create extra strong magnet field capable of confining plasma within the torus and avoiding its physical interaction with the vacuum vessel. Procurement Arrangement for manufacturing superconductor for PF magnets was signed between the Russian ITER DA and the ITER Organization in 2009. Its fabrication is a highly sophisticated multi-stage process, involving the latest accomplishments in this field.
Superconducting cables pulled into a jacket consist of strands unique composite product containing about five thousand superconducting filaments. To fulfil the task, strand manufacturing workshop has been arranged at the Chepetsky Mechanical Plant (ChMP) in Udmurtia. Strands fabrication is a number of high-technology operations. To arrange the workshop, ChMP purchased more than 100 units of the most advanced equipment. The manufacturing line was formally launched in April, 2009, next year ChMP reached the designed manufacturing level.
Cabeling was performed by the VNIIKP specialists (Podolsk, Moscow Region). In this process, unique technologies invented by Russian scientists and engineers were implemented.
Fabrication of the PF superconductor is a nice example of the international cooperation which lies in the core of the ITER Project. Under the Agreement concluded with the European ITER DA, all the strands and cables both Russian and European were manufactured in Russia, while jacketing and compaction was done by the European industries. For instance, jacketing of the cables was performed by the Italian Consortium for Applied Superconductivity (ICAS), and the jacket itself was a responsibility of Mannesmann Stainless Tubes. In Switzerland, electro-physical tests of full-scale conductor lengths were carried out oth the SULTAN stand in Lausanne.
Special role in the process of the Russian superconductor manufacturing belongs to the Bochvar Institute. Its staff managed to preserve and refine the technology that had been invented in the Institute in 1960s. this technology, kept and developed by the Bochvar Institute specialists, to a large extent enabled Russia to successfully fulfil its obligations.
All in all, Russian industries produced more than 120 tons of Nb-Ti superconducting strands for 16 production lengths of cable (414 m each) for PF1 Coil manufacturing and 18 production lengths of cable (730 m each) for PF6 Coil manufacturing. Each cable contains 1440 strands.

The ITER Council, ITER's governing body, met for the twenty-second time on 20 and 21 June 2018 at the ITER Organization in Saint Paul-lez-Durance, France. Council Members approved refinements to the construction strategy which will optimize the installation of components in the Tokamak Complex. With this strategy in place, the project is on track to achieve First Plasma in 2025 while adhering to overall project costs
Within the scope of Russian obligations within the ITER Project in-kind contribution, the largest, for the moment, pack of the Russian electrotechnical equipment for the future facility has been successfully delivered to France
In mid-May, factory acceptance tests of the second Russian Gyrotron set for the ITER machine were carried out by specialists of the Institute of Applied Physics of the Russian Academy of Sciences and GYCOM Ltd. (Nizhny Novgorod)
Series of tests of the Switching Network Unit (SNU) prototype for the ITER coil power supply systems, within the scope of Russian obligations, successfully conducted at the Efremov Institute in St. Petersburg
April 2, 2018, progress of the Russian participation in the ITER Project was reported at the ITER Project. Step to future energy section under supervision of Anatoly Krasilnikov director of the institution Project Center ITER (Russian ITER DA) within the framework of the 45th International Zvenigorod Conference on plasma physics and controlled fusion
The governing body of the ITER Organization, the ITER Council, met for the twenty-first time on 15 and 16 November 2017 under the chairmanship of Won Namkung (Korea). Representatives from China, the European Union, India, Japan, Korea, Russia and the United States reviewed a detailed set of reports and indicators covering both organizational and technical performance, and concluded that the project remains on track for success
September 7, six trucks with elements of direct current aluminum busbars for ITER superconducting magnet power supply moved to the sea port of Saint Petersburg for further transportation to the ITER construction site
On 24 October 2007, the ITER Organization was officially established following the ratification by the seven ITER Members of the project's constitutive document, the ITER Agreement.
Now, nearly ten years on, a unique community has taken root in southern France, among the hills of Haute Provence. Hundreds of scientists, engineers, technicians, project members and administrators from 35 countries that are working toward the same goal: building the first machine that will be capable of demonstrating a burning plasma, a self-sustaining environment that holds the key to the development of a new, safe, environmentally responsible and virtually inexhaustible energy source.
February 13, 2017, traditionally, the ITER: step to future energy section under supervision of Anatoly Krasilnikov director of the institution Project Center ITER (Russian ITER DA) took place within the framework of the 44th International Zvenigorod Conference for plasma physics and thermonuclear fusion
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