BCP’s ES SBU recently submitted a proposal for the ITER project.
“ITER stands for International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor and is a joint international research and development project that aims to demonstrate the scientific and technical feasibility of fusion power. The partners in the project – the ITER Parties – are the European Union (represented by EURATOM), Japan, the People´s Republic of China, India, the Republic of Korea, the Russian Federation and the USA. ITER will be constructed in Europe, at Cadarache in the South of France.” EUbusiness.com
“The aim of ITER is to show fusion could be used to generate electrical power, and to gain the necessary data to design and operate the first electricity-producing plant.”www.usiter.org
“The promise is virtually unlimited amounts of energy from abundantly available sources. Fusion creates no greenhouse gases and produces far less hazardous waste than fission, the current nuclear process, although fusion reactors do become radioactive and waste would still require special disposal.”
New York Times
“In ITER, scientists will study plasmas in conditions similar to those expected in an electricity-generating fusion power plant. It will generate 500 MW of fusion power for extended periods of time, ten times more than the energy input needed to keep the plasma at the right temperature. It will therefore be the first fusion experiment to produce net power. It will also test a number of key technologies, including the heating, control, diagnostic and remote maintenance that will be needed for a real fusion power station.”www.usiter.org
ITER is also using many of the 3D technologies that BCP is working to bring to the nuclear industry in the U.S. as a means to enhance collaboration, improve design and simulate manufacturing, construction, operations and maintenance activities. These technologies provided by Dassault Systemes are actually a matter of necessity for the ITER project. To manage the diverse groups of scientists, engineers and designers, the ITER Project’s Head of the Design Office, Eric Martin, has outlined the reason for choosing the Dassault Systemes Plant Lifecycle Management (PLM) suite of products. He says the challenges facing the project are many. They include reactor complexity with tens of millions of parts and assemblies, the need to integrate mechanical product design with plant design with construction and maintenance planning, and the need for meeting tight budgets and schedules all help to drive the decision to upgrading the standard project approach with these 3D PLM technologies.
The proposal BCP has submitted to support ITER is to provide experienced Mechanical and Electrical Design Engineers. These engineers would be responsible for component and system designs for the plant along with designing manufacturing and maintenance equipment and processes. If you are an engineer and think you would be interested or know someone who would be interested in working on the ITER project, please let us know by emailing resumes to [email protected]
More information about the ITER project can be found at their website.