MAGNETS & SYSTEMS UNIT

FROM RESEARCH TO
INDUSTRIAL APPLICATIONS

Research, nuclear fusion, particle physics, industrial applications for energy and med tech mri and systems: thanks to experience accumulated through participation in the main superconductivity technology research projects ASG's skills go from design to production to the complete test of systems and magnets. The ASG Superconductors magnets & systems unit has acquired industry-leading know-how in the design, development, production, installation and testing of superconductive and resistive magnets, cryogenic systems, resonance cavities, superconducting solenoids and coils, magnets for cyclotrons and components for made-to-measure applications.

 

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WORKING FOR THE ENERGY OF THE FUTURE

The production of clean energy through fusion, which reconciles the energy needs of the modern world with safeguarding the environment, is a challenge that researchers and industries have been striving to meet. The quality of ASG's nuclear fusion offering is the result of unequalled technical and productive expertise: our magnets have been used in all the main fusion experiments undertaken so far in Europe during the last 60 years. ASG nowadays plays a leading role - as a supplier of magnets - in ITER (Europe) and JT-60SA (Japan), the two principal research projects which aim to study the feasibility of producing clean energy by replicating the process that takes place in the sun and stars.

For nuclear fusion ASG develops and produces:

  • superconducting and resistive toroidal coils
  • superconducting and resistive poloidal coils
  • coils for divertors
  • Central SC and resistive solenoid coils
  • ELM coils
  • Stellarator coils
  • Gyrotron system coils.

ASG also undertakes prototyping and research activities aimed at evaluating the feasibility and/or characterization of materials and production processes.



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UNDERSTANDING THE PAST AND THE FUTURE

ASG is currently the largest European producer of magnets for particle accelerators and for applications in high-energy physics. From solenoids, dipoles and cyclotrons to the CMS and ATLAS detectors at Geneva's CERN as well as magnetic systems for the Katrin project: ASG is involved in all the main international projects.

Our magnets are testimony to the company's ability to meet precisely the needs of the research world. They have contributed to reaching important scientific goals, like - for example - the discovery of the Higgs Boson in 2012.

Thanks also to its continuous dialog with the main institutes and research centers worldwide - including ENEA, INFN, CNR, KIT, IPP, ITER and Fusion4Energy - ASG is able to offer support in designing magnets starting from the requested field specifications or in the optimization and industrialization of existing designs. ASG can develop:

  • dipolar cos σ magnets
  • dipolar “steering” magnets, both superconducting and copper
  • superconducting and copper multipolar magnets for focusing particle beams
  • detector magnets
  • particle beams with characteristics specific to the experiment being considered.

ASG also carries out installation, on-site commissioning of built magnets and systems and provides personnel training, offering its clients a complete service which ranges all the way from defining the specifications of the magnet to its operation and maintenance. 



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KNOWLEDGE FOR EVERYDAY LIFE IMPROVEMENT

Superconducting technologies and magnets are increasingly finding application in medical diagnostics and therapies. Capitalizing on skills and experiences derived from research and industrial collaborations, ASG is constantly improving its competences and is able to design and build the following types of magnets for medical diagnostics:

  • Magnets for “whole body” MRI or dedicated systems
  • Closed bore and open sky magnets
  • “Zero-boil-off” or “cryogen-free” magnets
  • Magnets based on LTS and HTS technology
  • Actively and/or passively shielded magnets.

Furthermore, also for medical diagnostics, ASG designs and builds the following "whole body" superconducting magnet systems:

  • Cryogen free - gantry mounted magnets able to rotate around an isocenter in order to deliver IMPT/IMRT.

In the medical therapy sector ASG designs and builds superconducting or resistive magnets for hadron therapy accelerators:

  • High-medium-low energy beamline magnets for synchrotrons
  • Superconducting, cryogen-free or helium cooled magnets, using either LTS or HTS technology for cyclotrons and synchro-cyclotrons
  • Gantry mounted bending magnets for the delivery of particle beams.

We design and build magnets for MRI applications able to provide magnetic field intensities ranging from fractions of one tesla up to Ultra High Field (UHF).

Furthermore, ASG works in partnership with its clients in the definition and development of products, through assistance in designing, prototyping and optimizing the magnet system, shortening time to market and improving overall system competitivity.



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POWER QUALITY FOR INDUSTRIAL APPLICATIONS

Efficiency and power quality will play a key role in the energy scenario in the near future and industry and utilities are increasingly interested in innovations that make use of superconducting technologies.

Capitalizing on our knowledge we can design and realize magnets and systems for energy storage, transport and grid stabilization.

ASG magnets & systems unit is able to design and produce cryogen-free or liquid helium-cooled magnetic systems for Fault Current Limiters (FCL and SFCL) for the protection and stabilization of electrical grids. Our systems can use both superconducting (LTC, MgB2, BSSCO) and standard technologies, depending on the specific needs of the grid or client.

We can also design coils and magnetic systems for Superconducting Magnetic Energy Storage (SMES) used to stabilize load fluctuations in electricity grids or to guarantee power quality in specific grid situations or in industrial applications.

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WHEN TRUST IS A MUST

Service and Support

ASG offers its Customers full servicing of their magnet systems, and can provide standard, preventative and emergency maintenance activities to their sites. Servicing activities are also offered to those Customers not operating magnets produced by ASG.

Servicing teams are based in Europe (Italy), in the United Kingdom and in the United States covering our Partners' sites around the globe.

ASG also offers continuous technical support to its Customers: in case of need ASG engineers are able to provide assistance in addressing, directly or indirectly, all possible aspects of system operation. 


Repair

ASG, as well as developing, designing and manufacturing novel magnet systems also offers repair services, for magnet systems manufactured by third parties, to its Partners around the globe. These include on-site inspection of malfunctioning systems, damage assessment, repair on site or, where needed, in ASG's premises and both in-factory and on-site system testing. Where the damage to the original magnet or components thereof is not repairable, ASG may develop a whole new magnet unit to satisfy the original specification, incorporating any re-usable components.



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ITER PFC

Poloidal Field Coils for ITER

Cadarache (France), ongoing


JT-60SA

Toroidal Field Coils for JT-60SA

Naka (Japan), ongoing


ITER TFC

Toroidal Field Coils for ITER

Cadarache (France), ongoing


SUPER FRS

FAIR Super Fragment Separator Multiplets

Darmstadt (Germany), ongoing


MPD

Multi Purpose Detector Magnet for NICA project

Dubna (Russia) , ongoing


MU2E TS MAGNET

Transport Solenoid Magnet for Mu2e Project

Batavia (U.S.A.), ongoing


HL-LHC

HiLumi LHC

Geneva (Switzerland), ongoing


D2

Superconducting Dipole D2

Genoa (Italy), ongoing


MRO 0,5T

MRO 0,5T

Genoa (Italy), ongoing


S2C2 SYNCHROCYCLOTRON FOR IBA

Superconducting coils for IBA

Louvain-la-Neuve (Belgium), ongoing


UHF MRI MAGNETS

Magnets for Ultra High Field MRI systems

Seoul (Korea), Maryland (U.S.A.), ongoing


SFCL

Superconducting Fault Current Limiter

Newcastle (UK), ongoing


KATRIN

KATRIN magnetic systems

Karlsruhe (Germany), 2017


SUPERB

Quadrupole prototype for the IR of SuperB

Genoa (Italy), 2012


SIS 300

Curved Fast Ramping Dipole Prototype

Genoa (Italy), 2009


CNAO MAGNETS

CNAO Synchrotron and Transfer Lines magnets

Pavia (Italy), 2009


GYROTRON

Gyrotron for ITER EC

Garching (Germany), 2007


LHC DIPOLES

LHC dipoles

Geneva (Switzerland), 2007


W7X

W7X non planar coils

Greifswald (Germany), 2006


ATLAS

ATLAS barrel toroid coils

Geneva (Switzerland), 2006


CMS

CMS solenoid

Geneva (Switzerland), 2005


MQT MQS MQTL

LHC corrector quadrupoles

Geneva (Switzerland), 2000


R3B GLAD

R3B GLAD superconducting magnet

Saclay (France), 2000


ITER TFMC

ITER TFMC (Toroidal Field Model Coil)

Garching (Germany), 1999


BABAR

BABAR solenoid

SLAC (U.S.A.), 1998


FINUDA

FINUDA thin solenoil

Frascati (Italy), 1997


IGNITOR

IGNITOR toroidal coil prototype

Frascati (Italy), 1995


DAΦNE

DAΦNE dipoles, quadrupoles and sextupoles

Frascati (Italy), 1993


LEP QUADRUPOLES

LEP Quadrupole Magnets

Geneva (Switzerland), 1988-1993


MHD

Magneto-Hydro-Dynamic (MHD) 5T System

Bologna (Italy), 1993


JET

JET divertor coils

Abingdon (UK), 1992


SULTAN

SULTAN superconducting coil

Villigen (Switzerland), 1992


AGOR

AGOR superconducting cyclotron

KVI (Holland), 1991


ELETTRA

ELETTRA dipoles, quadrupoles and sextupoles

Trieste (Italy), 1991


ZEUS

Thin Solenoid, Compensating Solenoid, FMUON Toroids for ZEUS Experiment

Hamburg (Germany), 1989


ASDEX

ASDEX-UG toroidal coils

Garching (Germany), 1988


COMPASS

Toroidal and poloidal coils for COMPASS

Abingdon (UK), 1988


ESRF

ESRF quadrupole magnets

Grenoble (France), 1988


HERA DIPOLES

HERA Superconducting Dipoles Cold Masses

Hamburg (Germany), 1988


LEP BARS

LEP Dipole Bars

Geneva (Switzerland), 1988


FTU

FTU toroidal and poloidal coils

Frascati (Italy), 1987


TORE SUPRA

Toroidal Coils for TORE SUPRA

Cadarache (France), 1986


KFA DIPOLES

0° Experiment Dipoles

Jülich (Germany), 1977

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