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JET buildings set to mirror ITER in radical revamp | 01/04/2017
JET's famous white buildings will soon be getting a new look as part of the European fusion experiment's preparations for its international successor, ITER.
Bosses at the JET facility have decided to replace the white cladding on the exterior of the buildings with mirrored stainless steel to match the material being used at the ITER complex at Cadarache in southern France.
The JET machine itself, as the world's largest magnetic fusion experiment, is being used as a test device to help pave the way for ITER – the first fusion project designed to produce industrial-scale quantities of fusion power. Between 2009 and 2011 the interior of JET was replaced with a new ‘ITER-like wall' of beryllium and tungsten to get as close to ITER scientific conditions as possible.
It is now hoped that replicating the exterior of the ITER buildings at JET will encourage scientists and engineers at Culham to intensify their work to support ITER.
Ian Chapman, CEO of Culham Centre for Fusion Energy, where JET is located, explained:
“JET's ITER-like wall has been a success, but we can do more to support our colleagues at ITER. So we think that making the JET complex look like ITER will put everyone here in the mindset to do this. It will be a daily reminder to keep working towards the future of fusion research.”
Tony Donné, Programme Manager of EUROfusion, which co-ordinates European fusion research at JET, fully agrees with the bold move:
“The mirrored stainless steel will have an added benefit,” he says. “It will allow our researchers to check how they look before important meetings or visits by VIPs. Personal appearance is very important in the science community so the ITER-like buildings will really help us look our best.”
It is hoped the revamp will be complete by April 1st 2018.
Images: Main image – Artist's impression of JET's new look; Above left – The JET buildings today; Above right – The Assembly Building at the ITER construction site