Framatome secures a contract and support from CERN

10 February 2020

Framatome has been awarded a contract from the European Laboratory for Particle Physics (CERN) to support research that will inform the development of new materials to be used in the High-Luminosity Large Hadron Collider, a major upgrade to the existing Large Hadron Collider.

CERN will provide Framatome a capsule that was irradiated in a U.S. particle accelerator. Framatome experts will disassemble the capsule and examine the contained materials at the company’s Hot Cell Laboratory in Erlangen, Germany. This laboratory is part of one of Framatome’s independent Technical Center facilities that can flexibly assess highly activated materials.

Framatome experts will examine the materials using mechanical testing and microscopes to determine their physical and mechanical properties. The results will support CERN in the development of new materials for the proton beam halo cleaning collimators to be installed and operated at the 27-kilometer-long Large Hadron Collider machine.