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Image of the week

Season wrapping

Although the travel distance is short, barely exceeding one hundred metres, the transfer of vacuum vessel sector #8 from the Assembly Hall, where it is presently stored, to the Cryostat Workshop where it will be repaired, requires careful planning and preparation.

In its wrapping, the massive component looks strangely like a panettone, the Italian sweet bread enjoyed at Christmas and New Year... (Click to view larger version...)
In its wrapping, the massive component looks strangely like a panettone, the Italian sweet bread enjoyed at Christmas and New Year...
Prior to moving this week from one controlled environment to another, the massive component was wrapped in three layers of plastic protection, two of them tightly sealed, and equipped with humidity inhibitors, temperature sensors, air circulating devices and even accelerometers to ensure its protection during transfer and "mid- to long-term storage," depending on when repair activities can begin in earnest.

A looser-fitting third layer of plastic protection was added, whose colour and reflections are perfectly in tune with the holiday season. Now, the vacuum vessel looks like a giant panettone, the Italian sweet bread specialty that is enjoyed throughout southern Europe at Christmas and New Year.



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