A New European Production Line for CIC Conductors

The following paper, published by the IEEE, the world’s largest technical professional organisation for the advancement of technology, has been co-authored by Tratos President Albano Bragagni.

The paper revolves around the production of a large quantity of Cable-In-Conduit Conductors (CICCs) needed for the construction of the ITER and JT-60SA tokamak reactors.

Abstract: The ongoing construction of the ITER and JT-60SA tokamak reactors requires the production of a large quantity of Cable-In-Conduit Conductors (CICCs) to be employed in the superconducting magnets for plasma confinement and control. A new company, named ICAS (Italian Consortium for Applied Superconductivity), was established thanks to the large expertise in this field that has been present in Italy for nearly three decades. ICAS is a consortium among ENEA (Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development) and two Italian private companies: CRIOTEC Impianti, which owns an 850m long jacketing line for CICCs, and TRATOS Cavi, which has a large experience in cable manufacturing for various applications. ICAS’ current activities are aimed at supplying to Fusion for Energy the European quote of ITER TF and PF conductors and the whole JT-60SA TF conductor quantity, as well as at supplying to the Korean Domestic Agency about 19 km of ITER TF conductor. This paper offers an overview of ICAS’ technical capabilities and facilities, and outlines the first outcomes from the first productions.

The paper was published in the IEEE Transactions on Applied Superconductivity ( Volume: 22, Issue: 3, June 2012).

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