NEWS 19 December 2021

If you can’t stand the heat

Strictly speaking, the SMART project (Source of MedicAl RadioisoTopes) is not Big Science, but the collaboration of over 25 re-search institutes and high-tech companies working on a revolutionary technology for the production of radioisotope 99Mo is definitely impressive.


The technology comprises a large electron accelerator and huge irradiation and extraction facilities. At the heart of the system is a match-box-sized target that is irradiated by a 3-MW electron beam. Alongside the radiative load on the target and exposure unit, the heat load on the target is among the key challenges of the SMART project. This Mikroniek article describes the development by Demcon of an ‘exotic’ solution: cooling with liquid sodium. (Image courtesy of IRE).


References

Picometer drift and microrad reproducibility

At the end of May, Settels Savenije hosted a DSPE Knowledge Day dedicated to challenges in nanometrology.

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Order of frictions and stiffnesses…

For lumped systems consisting of different frictions and stiffnesses, there has been confusion in literature about hysteresis curves and virtual play for many decades.

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Make it clean

In mid-April, the second edition of the Manufacturing Technology Conference and the fifth edition of the Clean Event were held together, for the first time, at the Koningshof in Veldhoven (NL).

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