Hungary’s secret to growing top fusion talent

In Hungary, they take coaching science talent to the next level. In the massive bi-annual Scientific Student Society Conference OTDK, over 10.000 students from all academic disciplines go beyond standard course work to do research projects with academic mentors and then show their chops to panels of international experts. After hearing from EUROfusion science advisor […]

KIT Prints Tungsten Components by Electron Beam Melting

Tungsten has the highest melting point of all metals, 3,422 degrees Celsius. This makes the material ideal for use at high temperatures in e.g. space rocket nozzles, heating elements of high-temperature furnaces, or the fusion reactor. However, the metal is highly brittle and, hence, difficult to process. Researchers of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) have developed an innovative approach to making this brittle material soft. To process tungsten, they have determined new process parameters for electron beam melting.

High Performance Computing and GENE-3D

High Performance Computing (HPC) has been driving advances in science, technology, medicine, and many other fields since its beginnings in the 1960s. After some years of developing the technology, the Cray-1 supercomputer debuted in 1975 with a processing capability of 160 megaFLOPS. (FLOPS stands for Floating Point Operations Per Second, which is a measure of […]

Virtual reality guides engineers to perform ITER maintenance works

Imagine having to repair the biggest fusion device without being able to step inside. Massive pieces of expensive equipment installed with millimetric precision requiring checks; heavy components which may need to be replaced after time, smaller components difficult to reach with no cameras views to do the job. How does one open the doors of […]

Machine learning speeds up modelling of nuclear fusion

News from EUROfusion member DIFFER: Using machine learning is a promising trend in modelling the behaviour of the plasma inside a nuclear fusion reactor. DIFFER-researchers are pioneering very fast neural network models for plasma turbulence.

CHIMERA to transform fusion component testing

A unique machine to test materials for future fusion devices, known as CHIMERA (Combined Heating and Magnetic Research Apparatus), will be located in South Yorkshire, UK at the new Fusion Technology Facility of EUROfusion partner UKAEA.