Sandvik in prestigious project with CERN

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If you were looking for a material that is non-magnetic at four degrees Kelvin, where would you turn? CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, turned to Sandvik.

On the border between France and Switzerland, at CERN, physicists are working hard to understand the fundamental laws of nature. To succeed, they are using accelerators where particles are set to collide at the speed of light. The collision occurs inside four huge detectors where the total energy at the collision point is equal to 13 TeV*. In the upgrade of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), called HiLumi, or HL-LHC Project, Sandvik material will be used to keep the particle beam in position in the accelerators. This is where the magnetic and physical properties at four degrees Kelvin (approximately -269 degrees Celsius) are of great importance.

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“Sandvik is developing a new advanced stainless steel grade and will thereafter deliver 475 tons to CERN. This is a prestigious order that really shows the value of Sandvik’s material expertise”, says Björn Mogard, Global Product Manager for cold-rolled precision strip material at Sandvik.

When the discussions first started over a year ago, the sales team ensured setting up the right connections within the company as the project required support from multiple departments.

“It appeared a bit challenging to respond to the technical, commercial and legal requirements in the beginning, but at the end we managed to offer an attractive total package and we’re proud to realize the project”, commented Reto Stalder. Emrah Titiz agrees, both belonging to the Sandvik sales organization.

The first material will be delivered to CERN by the end of this year.

*teraelectronvolt - a measure of energy