Lord Partners with CTD On Fusion Energy Initiatives
April 22, 2014
LORD Corporation – a leading supplier of thermal management materials, adhesives, coatings and encapsulants – has formed a strategic collaboration with Composite Technology Development, Inc. (CTD) for the supply of an electrical insulation material, CTD-435, to be used for the ITER Toroidal Field (TF) coils.
The role of LORD in this global scientific project that seeks to demonstrate the potential of producing commercial energy from fusion is to supply the electrical insulation for the 18 TF coils. CTD pioneered the development of cyanate ester resins for radiation resistant electrical insulation used in plasma confinement magnets. These insulations withstand radiation doses up to ten times higher than traditionally used epoxy resins. CTD was able to qualify their insulation material, CTD-435, with ITER, for use in the coils which will be used to confine the plasma in the reactor. LORD is licensed to manufacture and sell CTD-435 globally to meet the demands of the ITER project.
According to Naseem Munshi, Ph.D., President of CTD, the ITER TF Coils will be among the largest superconducting magnets ever fabricated. Further, they will be exposed to high levels of radiation resulting from the fusion reactions occurring within the ITER device.
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