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IFMIF - International Fusion Materials Irradiation Facility DEMO Oriented Neutron Source

One of the key challenges in the realization of fusion energy is the development of neutron tolerant materials that can withstand a flux of neutrons up to 14 MeV while maintaining adequate structural and other physical properties over long periods. To develop fusion material testing including fission and fusion-like irradiations, the European Fusion Roadmap (2018) identified the creation of the IFMIF-DONES (International Fusion Materials Irradiation Facility DEMO-oriented Neutron Source) Facility as the central element of the DONES Programme, which aims at establishing an extensive database on fusion materials by creating a fusion material neutron source with a fusion-like neutron spectrum. The IFMIF-DONES Facility covers the set of Buildings and Systems that will house the fusion relevant neutron source and that will allow to fulfil the objectives of the DONES Programme. This facility could be also used by other (i.e. non-fusion) scientific communities, such as health-related (mainly for isotopes production), basic physics (astrophysics, solid state physics) or nuclear physics and can also provide some unique technological-related services for industry. EURATOM, together with several European Member States, has been supporting the preparation of IFMIF-DONES which, since 2018, is carried also out under the ESFRI (European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures) framework. The construction phase of the IFMIF-DONES Facility in Escúzar (Granada) has been agreed in March 2023 and will start soon. During the period 2024-2028, significant investments are foreseen in the following technological domains: basic material technologies and advanced manufacturing techniques, complex building, constructions, and safety related systems, cryogenics, vacuum, and leak detection technologies, diagnostics, detectors, sensors, optics, and instruments, electrical, power electronics, electromechanical and RF systems, high precision and large mechanical components, information and communication technologies, instrumentation, control and CODAC, remote handling systems, superconductivity and superconducting magnets.



Booth's code: A12