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Co-operation on Tokamak Programmes

  1. Objective. The objective of this Agreement is to advance toroidal physics and plasma technologies by strengthening cooperation among tokamak programmes, to enhance the effectiveness and productivity of the research and development effort related to the development of the tokamak fusion concept, to contribute to and extend the scientific and technology database of toroidal confinement concepts, and to provide a scientific and technological basis for the successful development of fusion power. 
  2. Activity Co-ordination and Co-operation.  The Contracting Parties shall cooperate in co-ordinating implementation of the various activities specified in paragraph 3 below and shall endeavour, on the basis of an appropriate sharing of burdens and benefits, to encourage co-operation among the Contracting Parties engaged in the various activities with the objective of advancing the tokamak research and development activities for all Contracting Parties. 
  3. Means.  The Programme will include:          
    • Exchanges of information in the following areas:
    • Experimental programme plans for the tokamak facilities;
    • Design and planning of experiments to contribute to the database for the next-generation tokamak devices including, but not limited to, support of activities identified by the ITPA;
    • Experimental, theoretical and technical studies in:
      • Plasma equilibrium and stability
      • Energy and particle transport
      • Plasma heating and current drive
      • Plasma-wall interaction and divertor physics
      • Pedestal physics including edge localised mode (ELM) control
      • Energetic particle-driven instabilities, transport and confinement 
      • Integrated scenario development
      • Plasma fuelling   
      • Plasma diagnostics
      • Other areas as mutually agreed 
    • Assignment of scientists, engineers and other technical experts, to work at the facilities of the other Contracting Parties in the areas of tokamak physics and technology, code development, engineering and project management, in accordance with agreements between the assigning Contracting Party and the Contracting Party which is responsible for the hosting facility;         conduct of selected workshops in the areas referred to above. 


Signatories : China | India | Japan | Korea, Republic of | United States | European Atomic Energy Community (EURATOM) | ITER International Fusion Organization (ITER) |
   
For more information: http://ctp.jet.efda.org/lt/

Current Projects (Annexes)

Experimental, theoretical and technical studies
Co-operative R&D to increase the effectiveness of the international research on tokamak fusion devices