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Chapter 9: The FTU Machine - Design Construction and Assembly

A. Pizzuto, C. Annino, M. Baldarelli, L. Bettinali, G. Brolatti, C. Crescenzi, G. Maddaluno, B. Riccardi, G. B. Righetti, M. Roccella, L. Semeraro

Fusion Science and Technology / Volume 45 / Number 3 / May 2004 / Pages 422-436

Technical Paper / Frascati Tokamak Upgrade (FTU) /

The main design features and guidelines for the construction of the 8-T cryogenically cooled Frascati Tokamak Upgrade (FTU) are presented. The main features include the very compact toroidal magnets based on the concept of the "Bitter" type of coil with wedge-shaped turns, utilized for the first time for the Alcator A and C magnets, and the original configuration of the vacuum vessel (VV) structure, which is fully welded in order to achieve the required high strength and electric resistivity. The present toroidal limiter has been installed following several years of operation, and this installation has required the development of specific remote-handling tools. The toroidal limiter consists of 12 independent sectors made of stainless steel carriers and molybdenum alloy (TZM) tiles. The main fabrication processes developed for the toroidal and poloidal coils as well as for the VV are described. It is to be noted that the assembly procedure has required very accurate machining of all the structures requiring several trials and steps. The machine has shown no problem in operating routinely at its maximum design values (8 T, 1.6 MA).

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