Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB)
- Won $550 million award to design and build FRIB
- Proved concept validity with virtual simulations
- Cut time and expense of creating prototypes
- Demonstrated accelerator concept with 3D animations
When the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) requested proposals to develop a rare isotope accelerator, Michigan State University (MSU) set out to win the $550 million, 10-year, Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB) project. Competing against research organizations nationwide, MSU needed to prove that its proposed design concept would work.
MSU chose SolidWorks® design and SolidWorks Simulation Premium analysis software to help develop the FRIB proposal, because the software’s ease of use, integration, and range of analysis capabilities allowed the team to advance the design as far as possible. By using SolidWorks, MSU won the $550 million contract to design and build FRIB, proved its concept validity with virtual simulations, cut time and expense in creating prototypes, and demonstrated its accelerator concept with 3D animations.