LHC dipoles

The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is a particle accelerator located at CERN in Geneva, inside a tunnel 27 km long, spanning the border between Switzerland and France, which was formerly used to house the Large Electron - Positron Collider (LEP).

The LHC is the largest and most powerful existing particle accelerator, aimed at investigating the matter properties on an increasingly fine scale.

The magnets inside the accelerators are necessary to keep the particles on a circular orbit and the particle beam focused. 

The dipole magnets require high precision mechanical tolerances which needed years of research and development and the construction of a number of prototypes.

ASG Superconductors supplied one third (416 units) of the cold masses for the dipole magnets composing the Large Hadron Collider ring (overall 1232 units).

Production rate was of 3.6 cold masses per week, this meant implementing in parallel four winding lines, one collaring station, two curing stations.