Exel Composites at CERN

January 08 2018

Carbon fiber components designed and manufactured by Exel Composites have successfully completed 9 years of service in a high precision application at CERN's Large Hadron Collider (LHC) particle accelerator in Geneva. As a key part of the particle tracker support structures for the LHC's Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) detector, Exel's pultruded profiles had to satisfy strict dimensional tolerances and sustain the highest level of performance in this extremely challenging environment, where any downtime or failure would impact major scientific experiments.

The Exel Composites components are part of the 688 high-precision structures supporting the silicon tracker modules. These are made up of two 1.2 m long Exel carbon fiber epoxy composite U-profiles of 0.7 mm wall thickness and L-shaped cross-bars to form a frame structure on which the particle detecting modules sit. Exel delivered the tracker support profiles to CERN from 2001 to 2005, with the final operational use starting in 2008.

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