A new chapter in JET’s career has opened, with the commencement of a significant international collaboration with India. The project is to develop the conceptual design of a system of ELM control coils for JET including the fabrication and testing of prototype coils. It is being almost entirely funded and carried out by the Indian partners.

The project leader on the EFDA side is Dr Christopher Lowry: “The coils are vital to demonstrating a fully integrated ITER scenario on JET,” he says, “and such collaboration is the future of JET – as a training ground for all the ITER partners.” Two teams of Indian scientists and engineers, including project leader Dr Raju Daniel, all from the Institute for Plasma Research (IPR) in Gandhinagar, arrived at JET in the latter half of 2012 to begin work in earnest.

The first team, which arrived in mid-September and will stay at JET for six months, is developing a conceptual design for the 32 coils which will be installed inside the JET vessel. As the coils will be assembled inside the vessel the team also needs to take into consideration any remote handling requirements, such as designing bespoke tooling, along with the many other JET specific requirements. Senior CCFE engineers Nick Sykes and David Wilson are working closely with the team to ensure that all such requirements are clearly understood. The second team from India will carry out R&D for suitable technology and manufacturing processes in India with the help of Indian industry and fabricate two prototype coils, to be delivered in mid-November 2013. While most of the work will be conducted in India, the team of four spent a month at JET familiarising themselves with the pre-conceptual design and preparing preliminary models.

Phil Dooley, EFDA