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Fusion Power and the Engineering Challenge

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In 2018 the Joint European Torus (JET) at Culham will attempt to break its own 16MW fusion power record. I will describe the physics progress that makes us optimistic about success. ITER — the international experiment being built in France — has been designed to achieve a full self sustained fusion burn. This will be the scientific demonstration that fusion is possible. Attention is switching to a harder question — making fusion a practical source of electricity. It is clear that fusion power will make huge demands on engineering performance. As a case study I will describe recent studies at Culham of fusion blankets — the primary heat exchanger and the place where tritium is bred from Lithium.

This talk is part of the Engineering Department Nuclear Energy Seminars series.

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