Context and challenges
ITER is a research program launched in 1985, in which 35 countries participate, in 7 international agencies. This project aims to prove the scientific and technological feasibility of nuclear fusion and pave the way to its commercial and industrial exploitation. It will represent the largest experimental fusion installation in the world.
The operation and control of this Tokomak, experimental machine developed to prove the feasibility of fusion energy, currently being built at Cadarache in the Bouches-du-Rhône region, is based on 3 instrumentation and control systems:
- CODAC (Control, Data Access & Communication): operation of the Tokamak
- Safety: people and environment protection
- Interlock: investment protection
In this context, the client appointed Assystem for project management assistance for the conception of instrumentation and control systems in charge of people and environment protection (Nuclear Safety & Occupational Safety Systems – PBS48) and investment protection (Interlock System – PBS46) on the ITER project.
QualiSIL INERIS certification (functional security IEC 61511) of some Assystem experts, enabling to bring additional added value to this project