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Base for second Hinkley Point C reactor completed
Concrete pour at the Hinkley Point C2 reactor. Photo: EDF Energy
Workers at the Hinkley Point C nuclear construction project in the United Kingdom have completed the 49,000-ton base for the station’s second reactor, Unit C2, hitting a target date set more than four years ago, according to EDF Energy.
L. Hu, K. Chen, Y. Chen, S. Li, J. Shen, X. Sheng, L. Niu, Y. Cheng, J. Zhao
Fusion Science and Technology | Volume 70 | Number 1 | July 2016 | Pages 112-118
Technical Note | dx.doi.org/10.13182/FST15-137
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The radial X-ray camera (RXC) is designed to measure the poloidal profile of plasma X-ray emission with high spatial and temporal resolution. Its primary diagnostic role includes measuring low (m, n) magnetohydrodynamic modes, sawteeth and disruption precursors, H-mode, edge-localized modes, and L-H transition. The RXC comprises two subsystems, i.e., in-port and ex-port cameras that view the outer and core regions, respectively, through vertical slots in the diagnostics shield module of an equatorial port plug. Detailed camera design is in progress including design of the camera structure, electronics, data acquisition and control, calibration, and pretest on the EAST tokamak. The sight path and neutron shielding have been optimized. The secondary vacuum, heat insulation, cooling, positioning, and calibration have been designed. The structure analysis results for the external camera indicate that even under five times gravity acceleration, the maximum stress was still below the allowable stress. The heat analysis results indicate that the maximum temperature on the detector box was ~56°C, which is within the detector operation temperature limit. The neutronics analysis results indicate that the detectors can be operated during the whole deuterium-deuterium phase without detector replacement. The electronics group and instrumentation and control group have also made good progress.