International Thermodynamic Experimental Reactor: A complex project


International Thermodynamic Experimental Reactor: A complex project


Starting 03 February 2021 18:30 through to 03 February 2021 19:30

A presentation of two of the biggest challenges: Organisational and Engineering.
In southern France, 35 nations are collaborating to build the world’s largest tokamak, a magnetic (nuclear) fusion device that has been designed to prove the feasibility of fusion as a large-scale and carbon-free source of energy based on the same principle that powers the sun and stars. Thousands of engineers and scientists have contributed to the design of ITER since the idea for an international joint experiment was launched in 1985. The ITER Members – China, the European Union, India, Japan, Korea, Russia and the United States are now engaged in a 35 year collaboration to build and operate the ITER experimental device, and together bring fusion to the point where a demonstration fusion reactor can be designed.

This webinar will describe the background to ITER, including the fundamental elements of the project:

  • The largest fusion machine ever built.
  • Large-scale scientific experiment that aims to demonstrate it is possible to produce commercial energy from fusion.
  • Test bed for key technologies and to validate Q ≥ 10 (ratio of fusion power to input power).

The session will provide a description of the organisational and engineering challenges.

The organisational aspects will include:

  • The Project culture
  • Stakeholder engagement
  • Overall coordination

The engineering aspects will include:

  • Change management
  • Engineering challenges
  • Construction challenges
  • Interfaces

For further information and to book your place on the webinar, please visit the APM website.

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