Posted on: 18th December 2015
#18 Manifolds for a fusion reactor
In the Wendelstein 7-X plasma vessel, 4,500 metres of coolant pipes have been installed. The complex shape of the plasma vessel meant that designing the coolant pipe system was challenging. German manufacturer Dockweiler AG, installed pipe manifolds that met the devices specification. To do this, the manufacturer developed a special orbital welding method. The process is now being applied to the semiconductor industry.
The complexity and the multidisciplinary nature of fusion research produced number of spin-offs that have found applications in industry, other scientific disciplines, and technological advances. The areas that have benefited from fusion research span a variety of fields ranging from medicine and material science to computing and astrophysics.
EUROfusion has identified some of these spin-offs, looked at fusion research aspects that have the potential for short-term benefits, and prepared a non-exhaustive list of fusion spin-offs which demonstrate the short-term benefits of fusion research on the way to fusion electricity.