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Electron beam has been applied as source of ionizing radiation in a wide field of applications. Sterilization, decontamination, treatment of materials for cross-linking, curing, and polymerization have been carried at an industrial scale.
Interest in material treatment with accelerated electrons increased significantly over the last years. Especially industrial strength electron accelerators with energies up to 10 MeV make it possible to process with increased penetration depth, and offer new opportunities in electron curing of polymer matrix composites (PMC) and cross-linking.
10 MeV accelerators are currently used mostly in contract facilities such as sterilization of medical devices and material treatment. Therefore these facilities are not optimized for material processing tasks and thus less efficient and versatile.
In this paper requirements and design guidelines for a dedicated material processing facility are discussed.
Electron beam irradiation, electron beam facility, linear accelerator
Consultant, Mediscan GmbH, Kremsmünster,