Project Aimed at Producing Large-Scale Clean Energy for Future Generations
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SOUTHPOINTE, Pa., Aug 06, 2007 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX News Network/ -- ANSYS, Inc.
(Nasdaq: ANSS), a global innovator of simulation software and technologies
designed to optimize product development processes, today announced that the
multinational organization ITER has adopted software from ANSYS to validate
the design of its groundbreaking international fusion power plant development
project. ITER aims to demonstrate the scientific and technical feasibility of
fusion power. The partners in the project -- called the ITER Parties -- are
the European Union, Japan, the People's Republic of China, the Republic of
India, the Republic of Korea, the Russian Federation and the U.S.A. ITER will
be constructed in Europe at Cadarache in the south of France.
Engineering simulation solutions from ANSYS will be used to accelerate
research and development by optimizing key components of the experimental
fusion reactor. Researchers will use the broad and linked simulation
capabilities within the ANSYS Workbench platform to conduct dynamic analyses,
nonlinear thermal analysis, electro-magnetic analyses, coupled field analyses
and nonlinear structural analyses of the facility. Construction and
commissioning of the project is expected to take about eight years, once a
construction license is granted in early 2009.
"Our experience has shown that ANSYS software gives engineers the
opportunity to analyze all kinds of engineering problems in an efficient and
flexible manner. The analyses performed to date have provided invaluable
information about the mechanical behavior of the ITER components, such as the
magnet system, vacuum vessel, divertor and other components," said Cornelis
Jong, mechanical engineer in the magnet division at ITER. "These tools will
contribute to ITER's success, leading to large-scale nuclear power without a
long-term nuclear waste stream -- which would be a monumental environmental
and economic achievement in the 21st century."
The ITER fusion reactor is based on the tokamak concept, in which
low-temperature superconducting coils are positioned around a toroidal vessel.
These coils produce magnetic forces that confine hot plasma long enough to
generate 10 times more power through fusion than required to keep it hot.
ITER intends to demonstrate that fusion could be used to generate
electrical power; the aim of the project is to gain the necessary data to
design and operate the first electricity-producing fusion plant.
"We at ANSYS are excited to be providing single-platform multiphysics CAE
solutions to the ITER organization, and to be taking part in the quest for a
clean and abundant energy source for the future," said Chris Reid, vice
president, marketing at ANSYS, Inc.
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ITER will be the world's largest experimental facility to demonstrate the
scientific and technical feasibility of fusion power. It will be sited at
Cadarache in the south of France. The construction costs of ITER are estimated
at 5 billion Euros over ten years, most of which will be awarded in the form
of contracts to industrial companies and fusion research institutions. Europe
will contribute up to half of the costs of construction, while the other six
Parties to this joint international venture will contribute up to 10% each to
Fusion is the process that powers the sun and the stars. When light atomic
nuclei fuse to form heavier ones, a large amount of energy is released. Fusion
research is aimed at developing a prototype fusion power plant that is safe
and reliable, environmentally responsible, and economically viable, with
abundant and widespread fuel resources. Visit http://www.iter.org for more
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