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Chepetsky Mechanical Plant Starts Production of Superconductors for Future Circular Collider

12.11.2018, 09:19

Chepetsky Mechanical Plant (CMP JSC, an enterprise of TVEL Fuel Company of Rosatom) has launched the production of superconductive wires for the Future Circular Collider (FCC).

The work is carried out in line with the Research and Development Agreement, signed in September by TVEL JSC and the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN). The deal is aimed at developing industrial cooperation on the production of superconducting materials.
The technology of Russian niobium-tin superconductors is the Bochvar Institute of Inorganic Materials in Moscow (an enterprise of TVEL Fuel Company). Before the end of the year, CMP is scheduled to produce four variations of superconductive wires, which will be tested later.
"Today we are working to create ideal, physically speaking, niobium-tin wires, whose characteristics will be unprecedented. This is a significant challenge for the CMP. The successful implementation of the qualification stage [of works] will allow [the plant] to produce some 100 tonnes of superconductive strands per year," project head at the CMP Andrey Yeseneev underlined.
The FCC is going to replace the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) in order to further develop the fundamental research on elementary particle physics.