Arrival of Elytt’s magnet, from the QUACO project, at CERN

Arrival of Elytt’s magnet for the QUACO project at CERN
QUACO team and the Magnetic Measurements team in front of Elytt’s magnet (Image: I. Garcia Obrero) (Image: CERN)

CERN participates in projects co-financed by the European Commission (EC). This strengthens existing collaborations and creates new links with European universities, research institutes, laboratories, and industrial partners. These projects often have a knowledge transfer component, through collaborative R&D&I (Research & Development & Innovation) programmes with industry, pre-commercial procurement activities, or specific work packages dedicated to innovation and Proof-of-Concept funding.

The QUACO project brings together several research infrastructures for magnet development and has as objective the production of the first two first-of-a-kind HL-LHC “two-in-one quadrupoles magnets”.

The first of these two quadrupole magnets, developed by the Spanish company Elytt Energy, arrived at CERN at the beginning of March. Magnetic measurements, which are expected to characterise the field performances, are being carried out at CERN in B311 and are almost complete.

The magnet is called MQYY, and it is the 90 mm option for the double aperture Nb-Ti quadrupoles Q4 (the baseline is the 70 mm aperture LHC quadrupole MQY).

The production of this magnet stems from the QUACO project, which is part of the HL-LHC Insertion Region (IR) Magnets (WP3). The QUACO project is run under the EC Grant Agreement Grant Agreement no. 689359.