Installation of a Toroidal Plasma Device Known as HIDRA
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s Center for Plasma-Material Interactions (CPMI) looked to QP Testing Senior Engineer Kent Wegley for expertise in safely installing a toroidal plasma device known as HIDRA. Combining capabilities of a tokamak and a stellarator, HIDRA provides scientists a valuable and unique testbed for plasma/fusion experimental research, the type of science that could one day lead to viable energy production from fusion reactors. HIDRA was transported from its original home at the Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics (IPP) in Germany in 2014 and is now safely running at CPMI. More information about HIDRA can be found here.