10 March 2015
10 March 2015
Teufelberger has developed a 5 metre long carbon fibre structure to be located in the heart of a 7,000 ton detector in the world’s largest particle accelerator at the CERN Research Centre in Geneva, Switzerland.
Teufelberger explains that the lightweight component of carbon fibre reinforced plastic material (CFRP) is installed in the centre of the ATLAS detector that was built to, among other things, prove the existence of the Higgs boson. The component accommodates and carries the beam tube through which the particles fly and a specialised subdetector. This metal/CFRP structure was developed and produced by Teufelberger in cooperation with a German manufacturing partner, who explain that it offers several compelling advantages over its predecessor model, an all-aluminum structure. For example, it expands less at high temperatures, and, because of its lower mass, absorbs less radiation, it is considerably lighter, and, an aspect of particular importance, it offers the safe transmission of loads between metal and fibre composite structures at the ends of the tube. Teufelberger says its T-IGEL core technology ensures the effective connection of the load bearing structure.
Herwig Kirchberger, Head of the Composites Division at Teufelberger says “The thought that Teufelberger will, with one of its products, be a part of the biggest scientific experiment in history, is really quite thrilling!”
According to Teufelberger, the use of components made from fibre composite materials in combination with T-IGEL as a metallic load transmission solution is particularly attractive for applications where high degrees of rigidity and strength, coupled with as little weight as possible, are key, for example, for tension and compression struts, truss structures, cross beam elements, and drive shafts in automobiles, aircraft, and construction machinery.
Photo provided by Teufelberger.
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