The ITER Project: Adventures in Remote Handling
Sebastian Dimmock presented a summary of the ITER project (on behalf of Assystem UK) for the IMechE’s North East Young Members Panel. The presenting of ITER information was facilitated by Fusion for Energy (F4E) who are Europe’s Domestic Agency (DA) for the ITER project.
Assystem have performed several projects for F4E and are bidding for multiple frameworks with F4E for the future. The talk was held in a lecture theatre at Northumbria University in the heart of Newcastle upon Tyne. Sebastian introduced the ITER project from the basics for the benefit of people unfamiliar with the work being done to develop the world’s largest experimental tokamak nuclear fusion reactor.
Sebastian spoke about the history of the ITER project, right the way from its inception at the 1985 Geneva Summit through to the early stages of building and manufacture today. The science behind nuclear fusion, as opposed to fission (today’s most common nuclear power source), was conveyed to the audience in basic terms. He relayed the key technical and project objectives of the ITER project to the audience, speaking about the need to achieve more output power than that which is required to maintain the reaction in a vacuum and magnetic field.
Finally, and most crucially, Sebastian spoke about the work that Assystem have done on the remote handling systems of the ITER project, particularly the Cask and Plug Remote Handling System (CPRHS). The talk was attended by over 60 people from a variety of industries, including some GCSE students! The talk was very well received and Sebastian has since been asked to give the talk to the Nuclear Institute later in the year.