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UKSBS PR16240 - Manufacture Supply & Testing of COMPONENTS for Alumina Ceramic Vacuum Vessel

***This tender will close for the receipt of bids on Tuesday 15 Aug 2017 at 14.00 BST*** Science & Technology Facilities Council (STFC) is a world-leading multi-disciplinary science organisation, whose goal is to deliver economic, societal, scientific and international benefits to the UK and its people - and more broadly to the world. The ISIS Synchrotron accelerates a bunched beam of protons to high energies by rapidly cycling a proton beam in a circular orbit. To achieve optimum beam properties the protons are steered around the circle using dipole magnets with poles above and below the beam orbit. The protons themselves are contained within a vacuum chamber. Alumina has been used successfully to manufacture the dipole vacuum vessels and has resulted in reliable operation of the ISIS Synchrotron for the last 30 years. These vessels are now approaching a 30 year life span and a requirement has been established to manufacture spare vessels for the current synchrotron, and to re-establish the manufacturing knowledge and skills for future synchrotrons being proposed. This tender relates to the supply of component parts necessary to produce a single replica ISIS dipole vacuum vessel from Alumina Ceramic and Glaze based upon the current design. The specification relates to the SUPPLY of components ONLY, it is intended that the assembly of these components will be undertaken in-house by STFC.


Peter Clarke
The Rutherford Appleton Laboratory
Harwell Campus
OX11 0QX
+44 (0) 1235 446795

Contract value: 150000-250000

Published: 28 Jul 2017, Receipt by: 15 Aug 2017