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Bonab (Benab)

The Bonab Research Center (BRC, also referred to as the Bonab Atomic Energy Research Center) is located on a 10.5 hectare plot northwest of this small urban area south of Tabriz. Work started on the construction of the facility in 1989, and it began operation as a research facility in 1995.

As of July 2008, the BRC was comprised of an Executive (administrative) Department, its Applied Physics Department, and an Optic and Coating Department. The Applied Physics labs revolved primarily around tests and research using an Argon Ion Laser. Also produced at the faciltiy are hydrogen thyratrons, including a tetrode hydrogen thyratron with a metal-ceramic envelope. This tube is filled with low-pressured hydrogen. A hydrogen generator is set inside the tube to keep the tube in optimum performance and insure long life time. The D4078 model was noted for its low jitters, short firing time, and low drift. It can be used as a pulse switch in various high power modulator. Glass to glass and quartz to quartz welding, along with other specialty welding was conducted at the Applied Physics Department. Research on Artemia, an animal that belongs to crustacean class, bred in Urumiye Lake, was also conducted.

At the Optic and Coating Department coating, printing, and lamination of various foils such as PE, BOPP, and PVC were made. The printing section was said to be equipped with a 6 color Heliogravure printing machine, which prints up to 6 color with highly precise laser engraved cylinders. Also part of the production line were lamination, cutting, and packaging sections.




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