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Abstract

The Joint European Torus project was set up by EURATOM in the late 1970s in order to study the feasibility of controlled Nuclear Fusion. The experimental device has been operating since 1983 and comprises a toroidal shaped vacuum vessel in which high temperature plasma is created and controlled.

Since the start of the project there has been a requirement to design and prepare a remote handling system that could be used to maintain and repair the torus during periods when radiation levels restricted personnel access.

During late 1997 a series of experiments using deuterium and tritium fuel mixtures were performed which resulted in the torus becoming radioactive to a level which prohibited personnel access for around one year. Almost immediately after the experiments a major modification to the JET torus was required using remote handling methods alone. ne.

Additional information

Authors: ROLFE A C, JET Joint Undertaking, Abingdon (GB)
Bibliographic Reference: Report: JET-P(99)28, (1999), 15pp.
Availability: Available from Librarian at JET Joint Undertaking, Abingdon (GB)
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