The invention generally relates to a mounting mechanism for mounting an elongate element to a holding structure. The new invention solves the problem of precisely mounting a cantilever to a structure in a vaccum tight, radiation hard way, where no further alignments are needed. One particular application, and the reason for the developments at CERN is to use such mounting mechanisms to mount and precisely position drift tubes in a linear accelerator.
Mechanical engineering; Accelerators and beam physics.
This invention can be applied to any cantilever or group of cantilevers that needs to be held in a predefined position given by reference surfaces, in particular when fixed inside a vacuum or pressure vessel and aligned with high precision. Initially the primary application is for Drift Tubes (DT) in Drift Tube LINACs (DTLs).
High machining precision is required.
The technology has been prototyped and tested within the framework of the LINAC4 project at CERN. Ready for licensing. Patented technology (PCT). CERN may provide knowledge transfer support and consultancy.