Particle accelerators are widely applied in science, cancer treatment, semiconductor and other industries. Although inherently mature, particle accelerator technology is complex and requires advanced material, mechanical and electrical engineering. Many components are manufactured with a high degree of manual processes resulting in high costs, long delivery times, quality issues and a low adherence to delivery.
In order to increase competitiveness of accelerator technology for e.g. cancer treatment and semiconductor manufacturing, Odense based DanAcc has taken global leadership in introducing digital, automized production technology. The goal is to bring down costs and delivery times while at the same time increasing product quality and adherence to delivery for series produced accelerator components.
We are looking for students with background in composites, chemical engineering, and/or industrial automation for internships, bachelor or master projects in collaboration with SDU in Odense, Denmark. All projects are related to particle accelerator magnet fabrication. Magnets are used to steer and transport particle beams.
Project 1) Fiberglass isolation strategy and process integration
The goal of the project is to develop strategies, methods, and concepts for integrating composite based insulation of hollow conductor copper coils for particle accelerator magnets in close collaboration with DanAcc experts. The copper coils are wound from up to 20 x 20 mm^2 hollow copper conductor and need to be insulated with radiation resistant resins in composite structures in order to resist the massive Lorentz forces in the copper winding, to provide efficient cooling and to be operated in a secondary particle radiation environment. The results of the project will provide guidelines and specifications of integrated fully automated production of particle accelerator magnet coils. The candidate will acquire skills in process integration of composite technologies, robot based, digital manufacturing and fabrication of advanced magnet coils.
Project 2) 3D printing of impregnation moulds
Coils of normal and superconducting particle accelerator magnets need to be structurally supported by composites. Vacuum impregnation of those magnet coils requires vacuum tight moulds, the manufacturing of which is costly. New, innovative additive manufacturing techniques like 3d printing are to be assessed for their applicability in the impregnation process. State-of-the-art, methods and concepts shall be developed and prototype moulds proposed in this project. The results of the project will provide guidelines and specifications of integrated fully automated production of particle accelerator magnet coils. The candidate will acquire skills in vacuum impregnation process technology, 3D printing and materials for advanced magnet coil manufacturing.
Arnd Baurichter, CEO, firstname.lastname@example.org, +45 2912 1505