Fusion research turns again to Cedip for IR thermography
The European Fusion Development Agreement (EFDA) has awarded Cedip Infrared Systems a contract to supply a further advanced IR thermography system for monitoring the temperature of components inside its Tokamak Fusion reactor at the Joint European Torus (JET) research group based in Abingdon, UK.
The new order follows the recent selection of Cedip for the ITER-project and the successful operation of a series of Cedip IR thermography systems at JET and the Torus Supra Fusion Reactor in Cadarache, France. The EFDA selection acknowledges Cedip's expertise in supplying specialised infrared systems for monitoring plant and processes within hostile environments.
Based upon Cedip's SILVER camera technology, operating in the 3-5 µm region, the new IR thermography system will monitor the plasma temperature inside the reactor through a set of IR endoscopes. The installed SILVER IR cameras will be specially adapted to resist the intense magnetic field generated by the Fusion reactor's superconductive electromagnets. Installed inside the reactor facility, an area inaccessible during time of operation, the camera will be integrated with the main data processing system of the JET Tokamak for the setting of parameters, synchronising acquisition and gathering of data. Cedip's advanced 32-bit Altair thermography software will be used to remotely control the camera via fibre optics as well as transfer and store acquired data.
The European Fusion Development Agreement (EFDA) is an agreement between Europe's 29 fusion research institutions and the European Commission to strengthen their coordination and collaboration, and to participate in collective activities. Its activities include fusion technology research and development, the exploitation of the world's largest fusion experiment, the Joint European Torus (JET) in the UK, and contributions to international collaborations such as the ITER-project in France. Fusion is the energy source of the universe, it is the process that powers the sun and the stars. Fusion research in Europe is aimed at demonstrating that nuclear fusion is a viable future energy option, which offers long-term, safe, and environmentally benign energy to meet the needs of a growing and developing world population.
Cedip Infrared Systems offers a range of high-performance infrared imaging cameras and systems incorporating the latest technology in optics, infrared focal plane array detectors, electronic hardware and software. Founded in 1989 Cedip Infrared Systems is today recognised as a leading supplier of Infrared Imaging solutions for security and surveillance customers around the world.