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First ITER CS module test results...

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Fusion Engineering and Design
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The ITER Central Solenoid (CS) is under fabrication by the US ITER organization and its subcontractors. US ITER will supply seven modules to ITER IO, six of which will be assembled in a stack that forms the ITER Central Solenoid, with one as a spare. The first module fabrication has been completed by General Atomics (GA) at their facility and has begun testing including high voltage testing, Paschen testing in the vacuum and then testing at 4.5 K and up to 40 kA in order to demonstrate compliance of the coil to ITER requirements. In the paper we present the Test Plan and results of the CS Module performance tests, especially at 40 kA current. AC losses, joint resistances and hydraulic characteristics of the coil are all measured. Displacements of the coil height and hoop strain of the CS Module are also measured to verify structural and mechanical characteristics of the coil along with cooldown shrinkage of the coil. This information is used for verification of the stack behavior of CS in ITER operation. The test results and preliminary analyses results are presented, compared to expectations, and discussed. All measured parameters suggest that the CS module will perform well in ITER machine.