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The days quickly passed by, and soon, it was already April.
The construction of the STAR Stellarator Research Institute went even faster than planned. The construction team used five or even ten times the manpower to finally complete the construction project.
After Regiment Commander Dai gave Lu Zhou the scissors to cut the red ribbon, he solemnly raised his right hand and gave him a military salute.
Even though Lu Zhou wasnt a soldier and that he didnt know what the salute meant, he could still see the eager expectation in Regiment Commander Dais eyes.
At the same time, the WEGA Stellarator, which was disassembled and packaged, followed the visiting teams footsteps and entered the port of Haizhou.
500 million was almost 4 billion yuan.
Even though this wasnt Lu Zhous own money, he still felt a little heartbroken when he saw this money disappeared.
However, he knew that this money was definitely well spent.
Even though the WEGA machine had been shut down for more than five years, during these five years, the Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics didnt just let it rust and collect dust, they still did regular maintenance on the machine.
Also, once they added up the cost of research and development, the Germans spent more than 1 billion on this machine.
Thinking about it this way, he actually got a discount.
After all, the worth of SG-1 wire technology was nowhere near 1 billion.
With coordination from the Suzhou provincial government, the WEGA Stellarator machine quickly arrived at Jinling and was sent to the STAR Stellarator Research Institute near Purple Mountain.
As Academician Pan stood in the laboratory that was under the mountain and looked at the pile of valuable equipment and parts, he was full of excitement.
But suddenly, the excited old man sighed.
Unfortunately, we had to buy it Academician Pan shook his head as he said, If only we have the ability to build one completely from scratch
When Lu Zhou heard him, he nearly choked on his own saliva.
We just bought the thing and now youre already thinking about making a counterfeit?!
Isnt this a bit greedy?
Lu Zhou wasnt an engineer, so he couldnt evaluate the engineering difficulty of the tokamak. However, from an outsiders perspective, he could tell that the stellarator was much more difficult than the tokamak in terms of the engineering requirements.
Honestly, even the Americans, who designed the Stellarator, couldnt produce one themselves. They gave up half-way through the production of their C type stellarator and decided to follow the Russians by working on the tokamak instead.
Therefore, not being able to create a stellarator was nothing embarrassing.
Specialization of fields didnt only exist in academia; it also existed in the industry.
Lu Zhou gently coughed and said, We just started, so itd be fantastic if we can just follow the steps one-by-one. We dont have to make every step perfect; we just have to make sure the crucial steps are done properly.
Academician Pan shook his head and said, Even though you put it like that, it feels like were inferior to them in some way. It just doesnt sit well with me.
After hearing Academician Pan, Lu Zhou went silent for a while.
Because he didnt know how to reply.
After all, not everything could be solved with an engineering blueprint.
Otherwise, that wouldnt be considered a problem.
Sheng Xianfu stood next to Lu Zhou as well, and unlike Academician Pan who was going through a roller coaster of emotions, he was so excited to the point that he began to rub his hands together.
Do we start assembling now?
After receiving more than a month of training in Germany, now was finally the time for him to show his skills.
Lu Zhou looked at Sheng Xianfu and nodded.
Yeah, you can start now.
Also, for the time being, dont install the external coils. Well replace them with new ones when the time comes.
According to their original plan, after WEGA arrived in China, it would be officially renamed as STAR Stellarator.
With the staff and equipment in place, the stellarator research project had officially entered its next phase.
So far, Lu Zhou had completed two parts of the controllable nuclear fusion demonstration reactor puzzle.
One was the eye, which was his atom probe He3 technology. The other was obviously the torso, which was the STAR Stellarator.
In fact, since STAR Stellarator was the prototype for the Wendelstein 7-X, it had most of the crucial components. Lu Zhou was confident that he could update the components in such a way that STAR Stellarator could go toe-to-toe with the Wendelstein 7-X.
The key to all this was the completion of the third controllable nuclear fusion blueprint puzzle piece, the legs of the reactorthe superconducting magnet.
Actually, Lu Zhou already completed half of this puzzle piece.
After the SG-1 wire synthesis technology was completed, the superconducting magnet based on carbon-based superconducting material project had begun.
Just like Lu Zhou had expected, the superior thermal conductivity of the SG-1 wire could greatly reduce the size of the liquid helium refrigeration unit. The data on the blueprint showed that, when compared to copper oxide coils, it would decrease 20% of the engineering footprint.
And what did this 20% decrease in engineering footprint mean?
This meant that he could make STAR Stellarators magnetic field strength double that of WEGAs field strength!
On the other hand, due to the 500 million yuan order and pressure from the state, Baosheng Group had been continuously expanding its SG-1 factory production capacity.
The wires they produced were directly sent to the STAR Stellarator Research Institute, where they were then modified by the STARs engineering team into cluster coils around an arms thickness and 3 meters in length.
These coils had a conduit that allowed liquid helium to pass through, and this maintained the SG-1 material to be below superconductivity critical temperature.
In order to produce a stable output of the magnetic field during the energization of the coil, a sturdy insulator holder was also mounted on the outside of each set of bundled coils. After all, for a sophisticated instrument like this, even a millimeter movement in the wire could lead to serious experiment accidents.
Also, the temperatures inside the stellarator were as high as the temperatures inside the stars
Lu Zhou spent his days in the laboratory at the STAR Stellarator Research Institute as he overlooked this project in person.
After more than a month of hard work, on the first week after Labor Day, the team of STAR engineers finally completed the assembly of the last set of coils.
Lu Zhou stood in front of the reborn STAR Stellarator and wiped off the beads of sweat from his forehead.
Even though he didnt personally drill in the screws, he was involved from day one, from the design of the superconducting magnet. He knew exactly how many difficulties he had to go through to get to this step.
But thankfully, this work was finally completed.
All they had to do now was to test his hypothesis!
Lu Zhou smirked as he looked at Sheng Xianfu, who was standing next to him. He then ordered him, Check the installation status of each component. If there are no problems, get ready to connect the power source!