posted on Sep, 8 2007 @ 01:13 PM
reply to post by aguila
I visited LHC in spring and got a look at the ATLAS, LHCb and ALICE detectors, which can still be visited by the general public for a few months.
These things are very impressive, so if you're in the neighborhood, I recommend you drop by.
They had a delay in getting the accelerator running because of a design error in the cooling systems of the guiding magnets. If the superconductivity
of the systems inside the magnet suddenly disappear with the magnetic field still running at full capacity, the sudden heat generated by the now
non-zero resistance of the material has to be carried away as quickly as possible. They did a test-run of such an event (although with smaller
energies) and the one of the magnets exploded, damaging a few others. Because you obviously don't want this to happen during the experiments,
they're taking care to reinforce the magnets.