Sustainability Report 2018

Superconducting magnet modules

GSI Helmholtz Center for Heavy Ion Research in Darmstadt is currently building the international Facility for Antiproton and Ion Research (FAIR), which is to be used in one of the largest research projects of the world. Bilfinger is manufacturing 83 superconducting magnet modules for the new facility along with twelve additional connection modules. Delivery of the first superconducting magnet modules is scheduled for early 2019.

FAIR will serve research into antiprotons and ions, the aim being to answer fundamental questions about the origins of the universe and the structure of matter. In addition, the research facility is expected to deliver new findings of potential use to cancer research. The so-called “SIS100 Ring Accelerator” will produce the particle beams required for the experiments.

The GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung

Three-dimensional view of a superconducting magnet module

Dr. Wolfgang Walter, Head of the Magnet Technology product line at Bilfinger Noell: “Bilfinger has been participating on the FAIR project for over ten years now. We were already involved in the development of the superconducting dipole magnets for the SIS 100 and already have fabricated 40 of the 100 magnets required. It bears noting that we have contributed valuable input from an industrial perspective as the magnets were being developed, and that for several years now, we have been engaged in the serial production of absolutely high-tech products for GSI on an area of more 3,000 m2.”