Engineering firm Amec Foster Wheeler has been appointed to carry out design development work on an integrated plant simulator for the Iter nuclear fusion reactor.
The simulator will support the commissioning and operation phases at Iter, which is building the world’s largest nuclear fusion machine at Saint-Paul-lez-Durance in the South of France.
Amec Foster Wheeler will draw up technical specifications and implementation plans for the simulator along with three subcontractors: the UK Atomic Energy Authority, Fortum, and VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland.
“We are delighted to have been asked to lead this work which will play an important part in preparing for the integrated operation of the Iter machine,” said Amec Foster Wheeler Clean Energy vice president for consultancy Greg Willetts.
“This contract award demonstrates the depth of expertise in Clean Energy’s software and consultancy services team, which develops and licenses its Answers radiation transport computer codes to a wide range of clients.
”These codes are currently used to support all stages of the nuclear fission plant operational cycle; we now have the opportunity to extend their application to a full-scale nuclear fusion facility.”
To validate the design and design modifications, plant simulators are being developed for the heating, plasma and cryogenic systems.
The integrated plant simulator is vital in understanding the behaviour of the full Iter machine because it provides the capability to simulate how these interconnected systems interact.