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CERN Scientific Research Centre

Sectors: Civil
Applications: Steel Framework

Summary: A variety of Lindapter products are used to construct steel frameworks to support advanced particle physics equipment

CERN, the European Organisation for Nuclear Research, is one of the world’s largest and most respected centres for scientific research. The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is the latest addition to CERN’s accelerator complex and is a particle accelerator near Geneva, where it spans the border between Switzerland and France about 100 m underground. It mainly consists of a 27 km ring of superconducting magnets with a number of accelerating structures to boost the energy of the particles along the way. The instruments used at CERN are particle accelerators and detectors. Accelerators boost beams of particles to high energies before they are made to collide with each other or with stationary targets. Detectors observe and record the results of these collisions.

New equipment is regularly installed within the complex with Lindapter fixings as the instruments are tested externally, then disassembled in order to be transported to the ring tunnel (through small apertures), before being re-assembled for operations. The instruments are often mounted on steel frameworks and precisely positioned. Lindapter provides the intrinsic flexibility to configure the steel framework to mount any particular piece of apparatus, and make positioning adjustments in seconds or minutes. The Lindapter connection method also eliminates dust and other potential contamination problems that might be caused by other fixing methods such as drilling or welding.