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Decay Tube: Installation completed - 16 March 2004
The last portion of decay tube, a short piece carrying the connection flange for the entrance window, was installed in the CNGS target chamber on 16 March 2004. The final 5.5 metres of decay tube are sticking into the downstream end of the target chamber - this will be the only section of the 998 metre long tube to be painted (on the outside).
The installation was started on 18 November 2003. The pictures below are showing the "standard" journey of the 6 metre long sleeves from arrival on the work site to the welding and concreting in the decay tunnel. Other pictures taken during the last days of the works are available.
The next steps consisted in installing the (definitive) exit window on 25 March, and the (provisional) thick window on the entrance side, in the target chamber on 1 April 2004. The decay tube is now ready for the vacuum test, which will take most of the month of April 2004.
6 metre long sleeves arriving on the work-site
Lowering the sleeves in the civil engineering pit PGCN
Transport through the access gallery TAG41
Welding and testing: workshop in the target chamber TCC4
In the decay tunnel, before concreting
Inside the finished decay tube, view towards the hadron stop