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Luvata wins FRIB contract for superconducting wire

Luvata Superconductors

(7 August 2014) Luvata announces that it has won a contract for 650 kilometers of superconducting wire for the Michigan State University’s new Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB). The facility will be a new national user facility for nuclear science and will allow scientists to advance their search for answers to fundamental questions about nuclear structure, the origin of the elements in the cosmos and the forces that shaped the evolution of the universe.

Luvata is a recognized leader in the supply of superconducting wire for medical diagnostic systems, high energy physics projects, fusion energy development and other applications. The FRIB contract involves many tailor-made superconductors made from niobium-titanium alloy embedded in copper and manufactured to exacting tolerances to ensure they meet the technical requirements of the project. One-third of the wire requires a special radiation resistant insulation which enables the superconducting magnets to withstand emissions from the equipment.

The delivery of superconducting wire is scheduled for the end of December 2014. The FRIB is expected to be up and running by December 2020. When fully completed, FRIB will be the first facility of its kind in the world.

“Luvata superconducting wires have played an enabling role in many of the world’s leading high energy physics projects such as CERN’s Large Hadron Collider,” says Dr. Hem Kanithi, Vice-President Business Development for Luvata Superconductors.  “We are excited to have the opportunity to develop and supply advanced products to MSU’s FRIB project and are looking forward to yet another important science application of superconductivity.”

Funded by the Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science, Michigan State University (MSU) and the State of Michigan, FRIB will provide intense beams of rare isotopes—short-lived nuclei no longer found on Earth. FRIB will enable scientists to make discoveries about the properties of these rare isotopes in order to better understand the physics of nuclei, nuclear astrophysics, fundamental interactions and applications for society. As the next-generation accelerator for conducting rare isotope experiments, FRIB is operated by MSU and is currently under construction on the East Lansing campus.



For more information, please contact:

Dr. Hem Kanithi
Vice-President Business Development for Luvata Superconductors
Tel: +203 753 5215, ext. 207
Email:  hem.kanithi[@]luvata.com


About Luvata

Luvata is a world leader in metal solutions manufacturing and related engineering services. Luvata’s solutions are used in industries such as renewable energy, power generation, automotive, medicine, air-conditioning, industrial refrigeration, and consumer products. The company’s continued success is attributed to its longevity, technological excellence and strategy of building partnerships beyond metals. Employing over 6,300 staff in 17 countries, Luvata works in partnership with customers such as Siemens, Toyota, CERN and Carrier.


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