UKAEA’s fusion technology centre steelwork complete

IOM3 Content Cafe
31 Mar 2020
Construction site at UKAEA Yorkshire, March 2020 (courtesy Harworth Group)

The UKAEA Yorkshire facility now has complete steel superstructure. The facility will, when complete, provide a unique testing centre for fusion reactor components such as blankets and divertors. Harworth Group plc has completed the steel work ahead of the unit’s practical completion in September.

Once open, the research laboratory will facilitate the existing working relationship with the University of Sheffield’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) and Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (Nuclear AMRC). It will evaluate novel metals and ceramics in conditions akin to the inside of a fusion reactor, including high heat flux, in-vacuum, and strong magnetic fields.