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Tore Supra (1988-2011) has completed its missions, mainly in qualifying the superconducting magnet, the Heating and Current Drive techniques by RF powers which are mandatory for long pulse operation in EAST, KSTAR, W7-X, ITER. In 2012, It was transformed to WEST in support to ITER (W Environment in Steady-state Tokamak, where W is the chemical symbol for tungsten). WEST is equipped with actively cooled Tungsten plasma facing components. In particular, its divertor - a key component which faces the largest part of the heat and particle fluxes coming from the plasma – is made by massive Tungsten.
Mid-term research program of WEST is aiming at providing timely answers to ITER divertor. Eight high-level deliverables for the WEST were identified and schedules synchronized, jointly by ITER Organization and CEA.
D1-D2: optimization of industrial scale production / procurement organization
D3: power handling, shaping and tolerances
D4: PFC lifetime under high fluence
D5-D6-D7-D8: divertor protection / learning curve / long pulse H-mode / advanced scenarios
CEA is a French government-funded technological research organisation in four main areas: low-carbon energies, defense and security, information technologies and health technologies. A prominent player in the European Research Area, it is involved in setting up collaborative projects with many partners around the world.