Components Shipped to WEST Facility after its Manufacturing by EAST Team
Date: 2020/04/14 Author: XI Yingkun

Components manufactured by EAST team for WEST facility had its completion and was shipped to France earlier April from Science Island where Institute of Plasma Physics, Hefei Institutes of Physical Science is located.

This technical collaboration dates back to 2018 when EAST Team won the bidding to manufacture WEST lower divertor’s 456 tungsten plasma facing units (or W-PFUs) for CEA who owns the WEST facility.

Nearly two years has past, the ASIPP-CEA joint team has made enormous effort to overcome technical difficulties to ensure the components mass production as well as to meet ITER-level quality standard.

The 80 pieces shipped this month are the first batch of those components and the rest would be “delivered by the end of July,” according to Guangnan LUO, who lead the manufacturing team.

Tungsten (W) Divertor Project is one of the Specific Project Agreements (SPA) under the framework of Sino-French Fusion Energy Center (SIFFER), which aims at establishing collaboration among SIFFER members in terms of realization, installation and scientific and technical exploitation of Phase II WEST divertor. Except the joint preparation of WEST PFUs, plasma operation in WEST-Phase II is also an important task of this SPA, specifically including plasma wall interaction, PFU ageing under ITER relevant large incident particle fluence combined with steady state / transient heat loads, etc.

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