ITER will be the first fusion device to maintain fusion for long periods of time: thousands of engineers and scientists have contributed to its design and testing since the idea was first launched in 1985.

SOCOTEC Italia on some of the buildings where the project is being carried out, has performed: geophysical prospections, geognostic surveys, penetrometric tests, investigations on soil and rock.

KEY INFORMATION 

Project name: Performance of geophysical and geognostic surveys for buildings at ITER site

Date: April 2021

Clients: Embargeod 

Location: Caradache, France

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Donato FIORE

Geophysical Division Senior Manager, SOCOTEC Italy

Geophysical Division Senior Manager, SOCOTEC Italy

donato.fiore@socotec.com

PROJECT SUMMARY 

The members of ITER - China, the European Union, India, Japan, Korea, Russia and the United States - aim to realize this great project and demonstrate the control of plasma and fusion reactions with negligible consequences for the environment. As is the case with the Sun, it will be possible to produce energy on a large scale, clean and unlimited.

ITER will be the first fusion plant comparable in size to a conventional power plant and has the task of demonstrating the scientific and technological feasibility of fusion as a source of clean energy with enormous potential. The project will significantly reduce the production of nuclear waste and will allow to acquire the knowledge necessary for the construction of a prototype nuclear reactor.

PROJECT DETAILS 

SOCOTEC group has been appointed to provide assistance to the management of the project, as well as non-destructive testing on the reactor itself and its components: the activities carried out are multiple, from the experimental sites that participate in the development of ITER, such as WEST (former TORE SUPRA), to the site itself, including the execution of checks and inspections on suppliers' sites. SOCOTEC Italia on some of the buildings where the project is being carried out, has performed: geophysical prospections, geognostic surveys, penetrometric tests, investigations on soil and rock.

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