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Fusion Crowdsourcing Challenge Launched


A view inside the European tokamak JET located at Culham, UK, which is the largest fusion device currently in operation. (Image: Culham Centre for Fusion Energy).

Are you a fusion aficionado or do you know a lot about fusion devices? Then this contest could be for you.

The IAEA and the European Fusion Education Network (FuseNet) are calling on fusion enthusiasts around the world to review scientific literature and online resources to find  as many zero-dimensional - or independent - design parameters as possible for active fusion tokamak and stellarator experimental reactors in the IAEA’s interactive Fusion Device Information System (FusDIS) database. The data collected through the challenge, which is aimed at students and young professionals with an understanding of fusion without being experts, will prove useful for simulations, modelling and design studies to advance fusion research.

The challenge is looking for submissions that include the following parameters:

  • radii,
  • plasma current,
  • magnetic field strength,
  • material composition of device wall and divertor,
  • plasma shape,
  • elongation and triangularity.

Participants have until 31 January 2021 to submit their answers here. Only one submission per fusion device is allowed. Prizes for winning entries include a membership subscription to the European Physical Society , a 3D-printed ITER fusion reactor model and a power bank, as well as fame via our website.

“FusDIS is a valuable tool for the fusion community which gives information on all the world’s fusion devices at your fingertips,” said Matteo Barbarino, Nuclear Plasma Fusion Specialist at the IAEA. “We launched this challenge to mark FuseNet’s 10th anniversary and at the same time help expand FusDIS’s capacity.”

What's FusDIS?

FusDIS is the first database offering information about more than 100 public and private experimental fusion research devices in operation, under construction, closed or being planned. (Image: IAEA)

FusDIS is the first database offering information about more than 100 public and private experimental fusion research devices which are currently in operation, under construction, closed, or being planned. The devices are grouped into four main categories, based on their plasma confinement technology:

  • tokamaks, both conventional, such as the international experimental reactor ITER in France, and spherical types, such as MAST-U in the United Kingdom;
  • stellarators, such as Wendelstein 7–X in Germany, and heliotrons, such as LHD in Japan;
  • laser fusion, such as NIF in the USA;
  • innovative concepts based on alternative confinement geometries and new technologies, such as the ones being researched and developed by fusion private sector companies.

The database features device information such as name, configuration, type, status (operating, under construction, closed, or planned), ownership (public or private), country, location, and website. It also provides some overview statistics that can be used as filters.

FusDIS use is free of charge, and it is developed and maintained by the IAEA. All information featured in the database is reviewed by both the IAEA and the International Fusion Research Council.

For more information, visit the FusDIS webpage.

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