ITER ECH Waveguide
Advanced Design Consulting is working to develop manufacturing and inspection processes that will be used to manufacture several kilometers of waveguide tube for the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) currently being built in southern, France. This project is part of an ongoing partnership with the US ITER division based out of Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
The waveguides will be used to transport RF waves used to inject microwave beam power into the plasma used in the fusion reactor. In order to transport this energy efficiently and safety, the waveguides must meet several critical tolerances requiring state of the art machining. ADC is working to evaluate current fabrication processes and develop a full scale manufacturing plan. This plan includes processes for every step in the fabrication process from stock selection, drilling, machining, and etching to inspection, cleaning, packing, and shipping. The fabrication process will involve the manufacture of roughly 1,500 waveguide tubes over the course of several years. These tubes will range in length from 350mm to 4200mm.
ITER is a large-scale scientific experiment that aims to demonstrate that it is possible to produce commercial energy from fusion. For additional information, please visit the ITER web site at http://www.iter.org/.