VIRO has been commissioned by ITER-NL to work on a research project in the field of nuclear fusion. ITER-NL is a consortium of applied research organisation TNO, the Netherlands Foundation for Fundamental Research on Matter (FOM) and NRG Nuclear Research & Consultancy. It was established to facilitate Dutch participation in the high-tech ITER project in France, an effort to demonstrate nuclear fusion’s feasibility as a clean and inexhaustible source of energy. (‘Iter’ is Latin for ‘journey’ or ‘trip’.)
Engineering mirror module
With the help of a grant from the Dutch government to build expertise around nuclear fusion, VIRO is engineering part of a sensor – a component consisting of three mirrors and a shutter which have to be positioned close to the plasma generated by fusion. Since this reaches temperatures of 150 million degrees Celsius, the module must be kept properly water-cooled. The challenge is to keep the mirrors in position to within a few millimetres, and in shape to within a few micrometres, under these extreme conditions.
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