Fusion Friday (8): The ITER Cooling Water System

The International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) is going to generate a lot of heat, not just from the fusion reaction, if ultimately successful, but from the equipment that generates, confines, and heats the plasma to ignition temperature. Managing and disposing of that heat is no simple matter, involving a plumber’s nightmare of 43 kilometres of pipes, 3000 valves, heat exchangers, pumps, and other gear adding up to 6000 tones of equipment, some of which must circulate water in close proximity to plasma at a temperature around ten times that at the core of the Sun.

This talk attempts to describe this system. Regrettably, it fails miserably because the presenter can barely speak English and the audio quality is terrible. Still, there’s a lot of information here and if you’re interested, I’d recommend just muting the audio, skipping through the presentation, and reading the many detailed slides. I looked for a transcript and copy of the slides from this talk but failed to find one.

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