Prof. Dott. Antonino Cardella

Honorary Professor at TUM since 2017


Nuclear Fusion Technology


Professor Cardella studied nuclear engineering in Italy and spent the first five years after his graduation in April 1977 working on the construction of components for nuclear fission plants. Since 1982 he has been working in the field of nuclear fusion research seconded by the European Commission and with direct experience in the construction phase of Large Fusion Devices. His main area of expertise is nuclear fusion technologies, and it is in this field that he has made his foremost technological contribution. His work encompasses the development and procurement of components such as the cryostat, vacuum vessels, In-vessel components, diagnostics and cryogenic systems as well as the execution of structural and thermo-mechanical analyses, complex transient thermal analyses and advanced thermo-hydraulics during the design phases. He has many years of experience in the construction of large mechanical components, in some cases under complex nuclear rules, and also has extensive experience working with international organizations (in particular in the EU, Japan, Russia, the USA). Over the past five years he has often worked on a research construction site in Japan.


    • Task Responsible Officer for the JT-60SA Tokamak fusion reactor (Japan, under construction)
    • Department Head and Deputy Division Head of the Wendelstein 7-X Stellarator built in Greifswald (Germany)
    • Member of the International Organizing Committee of the Symposium on Fusion Technology (2002 - 2012)
    • Associated Professor for Nuclear Fusion Reactor Technology, Italy (1993 - 2004)
    • Member of the Central Team and the Home Team of the ITER large fusion reactor in Garching (1988 - 2004)