Stainless steel and the BIG BANG theory
What is the universe made of? How did it come about, and how come we exist? Scientists have no clear answers to these questions. But that could soon change. One of the world’s most renowned nuclear research organizations – CERN (Conseil Européen pour la Recherche Nucléaire) in Geneva – is currently building the largest particle accelerator in the world: The LHC (Large Hadron Collider) is a machine that can simulate the “Big Bang”. Researchers use the term Big Bang to describe the beginning of the universe, when matter was created by the interplay of elementary particles and energy. The LHC will be able to create conditions similar to those thought to have occurred only a few moments after the Big Bang, and therefore may help clear up the still unsolved questions. The researchers are entering new territory with this unprecedented scientific experiment and hope to obtain key findings about the origin of the universe. ThyssenKrupp Nirosta has supplied two special high-alloy stainless steels for the two billion euro project. They are capable of meeting the extremely high demands imposed by the 27 kilometer circular tunnel that has been built over a period of roughly ten years 100 meters beneath the Jura Mountains, crossing the border between Switzerland and France twice. The preparations for the tests have already begun and the commissioning of the LHC is scheduled for mid September, the official inauguration for October.
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