On Monday the 6th October, the WEST first component in the Tore Supra vacuum vessel was installed by Gabriele Fioni, Director of the CEA Physical Science Division and Osamu Motojima, Directeur Général of Iter Organization. The WEST project has entered a new stage: the start of installation of new components, built to transform this tokamak in a facility that could test ITER divertor.
On Monday the 6th October, the first component in the Tore Supra vacuum vessel was installed by Gabriele Fioni, Director of the CEA Physical Science Division. This component is an in-vessel supporting plate*. Osamu Motojima, Director General of Iter Organization, was present and also bolted a component in the vacuum vessel. The ceremony was transmitted directly to flat screens for the IRFM staff and guests. An exhibition with the new WEST components such as a cooling protection panel, a chair supporting the divertor structure, a new telescope for the visible spectroscopy diagnostic and magnetic probes which had already arrived at IRFM, was held in the Tore Supra hall.
It was an occasion to take a photograph with all the staff. The main protagonists of this ceremony were very pleased to receive a mock-up of the supporting plate.
This day marked the transition into the WEST reassembling. Around 150 in-vessel supporting plates, like those installed by Mrs Fioni and Motojuma, will be mounted in the tokamak. They will support in vessel protection panels. After these supports, the magnetic diagnostics will be installed: around 400 sensors that will indicate precisely the plasma position.
The assembly phase will take more than one year.
*Film : the in-vessel supporting plate
Last update : 10/20 2014 (30)