CERN Accelerating science

  Illuminating the way from Research to Industry
  by Katherine Chapman (CERN)

Fig 1:Nb3Sn cable needed for the 11tesla superconducting magnets, WP3 of HiLumi. Image credit: CERN
Fig 2: Improving magnet performance (
WP3)  is a key aspect of the High Luminosity LHC upgrade  at CERN (click image to enlarge) Image credit: HiLumi LHC

Euspen’s event in May brought together researchers and industry from around the world, helping to push boundaries in precision engineering. It provided invaluable opportunities for industry to become involved with CERN, including the luminosity upgrade of the LHC.

The two-day event entitled “Precision Engineering at CERN: Future Challenges & Opportunities”, included a number of presentations from keynote speakers and CERN's senior programme managers. The presentation given by Lucio Rossi (HiLumi LHC Project Coordinator) highlighted the precision engineering needed for this advanced upgrade from cryogenic mechanics to equipment and tooling. Industrial expertise in the fields of high vacuum, advanced remote handling and new material development for radiation-hard insulators is vital for this upgrade, which in turn requires infrastructure from civil engineering, electrical engineering and cooling and ventilation.

Given the need for collaboration between science, engineering and industry in the high luminosity upgrade, an Industry information event is planned in spring 2013, in partnership with the TIARA-PP and EuCARD projects. This will focus on superconducting magnets, superconducting radio frequency and cryotechnology, as well as new materials and surfaces. Events like these enhance opportunities for collaboration between science and industry, and create a platform for discussion. Click below to read more about Euspen’s event.