Ridgway Machines to supply General Atomics with tape wrapping system

Ridgway Machines has received a contract from California-based General Atomics for the supply of a tape wrapping system that will be used to insulate superconductor coils for ITER’s central solenoid magnet.

ITER is an nuclear fusion reactor being built in Cadarache, France with input from China, the EU, India, Japan, Korea, Russia and the United States.  

ITER aims to demonstrate the technical and scientific feasibility of fusion power for commercial-scale energy. The ITER tokamak machine will be almost 30 metres high, weigh 23,000 tons, and house an estimated one million components.

The central solenoid will be located in the heart of the ITER tokamak, and will provide the majority of the magnetic flux change needed to initiate the plasma, generate the plasma current and maintain this current during the burn time.

In November 2012 The Engineer’s readers were invited to post questions to experts working on ITER and and its predecessor and pilot project, the Joint European Torus (JET) at Culham in Oxfordshire. Click here to read more.