Precast Concrete Shielding Blocks at MSU’s FRIB

Michigan State University's Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB) stands as the global pinnacle of rare isotope acceleration. However, FRIB faced a unique challenge — the need to accommodate diverse research configurations, each demanding different room sizes. Additionally, ensuring protection from emissions was paramount. They began looking for a solution that was durable, cost effective and was able to be moved around for different configurations.

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Custom precast concrete blocks

Introduction to Precast Concrete Shielding Blocks:

In the quest for an innovative solution, large precast concrete shielding blocks emerged as the key. These large blocks, weighing over 19 tons each, were engineered to provide both flexibility and protection.

Our precast concrete blocks, with a thickness of over 3 feet and a towering height of 12 feet, boasted multiple lifting points. Their design allowed them to fit seamlessly into various configurations, making them the perfect solution for FRIB's dynamic research needs.

The precast concrete shielding blocks assisted in FRIB's operational success. Their adaptability addressed the specific challenges faced by the facility, enhancing efficiency in research setup and reconfiguration.


The implementation of these blocks had a transformative effect on FRIB's research capabilities. Efficiency and effectiveness were heightened, assisting in notable achievements and breakthroughs in various scientific endeavors.

Looking ahead, the success of the precast concrete shielding blocks at FRIB opens up possibilities for other unique design requests. These custom precast concrete blocks showed the innovation and capability of our team. broadening our view of new ideas and requests to see how our precast experience can help meet the needs of our customers. 

In conclusion, the marriage of ingenuity and necessity led to the creation of the precast concrete shielding blocks, an embodiment of problem-solving at its finest. FRIB's journey with these blocks is a testament to the power of innovation in advancing scientific research. As we reflect on this remarkable project, we anticipate a future where such solutions continue to propel the boundaries of scientific exploration.