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Off the page and into the pit | 14/03/2016
Last week progress on the MAST Upgrade project took another step from the ‘page’ to completion, when the tokamak's bottom plate was lowered into place in the machine area.
It is the first part of the new machine to go into the area and was therefore a big moment for the MAST-U team as they work to get the device ready for commissioning by the end of this year.
Although the lift was a relatively short manoeuvre, the bottom plate weighs over 11 tonnes and contains intricately-engineered magnetic coils assembled over many months. There was no room for error but the team's preparation meant that the operation went extremely smoothly. You can see a short video (20 times faster than the lift) below.
MAST Upgrade Project Leader Joe Milnes was delighted with the installation:
“The positioning of the bottom plate is the culmination of all the design, procurement and assembly of the 45,000 components that make up this critical part of the machine.
"Most importantly, this keeps us on track to deliver a first plasma and first scientific campaign in 2017.”