Bilfinger to supply cloud chamber for international climate research

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AIDA research project at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology focusing on dynamically controlled cryogenic and vacuum technology
Combined experience in special solutions: Bilfinger company Babcock Noell has been awarded a contract to construct a cylindrical, dynamically controlled cloud chamber fitted with highly specialized cryogenic/vacuum technology for the AIDA large-scale research facility at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). The project forms a central element of plans to expand the facility for climate research and enhances Babcock Noell’s profile as a mechanical engineering specialist and long-standing partner to various international research institutions.

AIDA is the abbreviation for “Aerosol Interactions and Dynamics in the Atmosphere”. The purpose of the ambitious project is to conduct research into the impact of ice-forming aerosol particles on the climate, the weather and the environment as well as the formation of clouds and precipitation. Aerosols are minute suspended particles arising from diverse natural and man-made sources. Most of them serve as condensation germs for the formation of water droplets in the clouds that freeze at around minus 35 degrees Celsius. Many of the planned AIDA experiments will provide details of the formation and growth of ice particles which exert key influence in the clouds on precipitation and the earth’s climate system.

Overall structure of the cloud chamber of Bilfinger company Babcock Noell.

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