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Operating the VELO Vacuum System while being under a neon atmosphere

  • In the following DP refers to the differential pressure between beam and detector volume: DP = p_beam - p_det.
  • When cooling down from room temperature to +10 deg. C with the baseplate heating "ON", DP will increase with approximately 3 mbar.
  • In the following the neon Gas Injection System is supposed to be non-active.
  • In the following a correct reading of the baratron DP is assumed. If not, consult an expert because it then has to be calibrated by means of a special procedure which carries the danger of blowing off all the CO2 that is inside the cooling system of the VELO !!
  • Make sure the PVSS-project "VEDCS_VacMot" is running under "velo_user" on "vedcs02w". If not, start it and start via "Vision" the panel G:\velo\pvss\VELO_VacuumMotion\panels\VeloVacuum_UI_Main.pnl

Create good starting conditions:

  • If -4.5 < DP < -2.0 mbar, you are lucky and can continue with "Cooling operating under neon". If not, you first have to create a good starting condition, i.e. a good differential pressure. This can be done by moving the detector halves. To do so you have to perform the following actions.
  • bypass the vacuum interlock that prevents moving the detectors. So push the following marked buttons on the PLC screen. If you happen to be on a different page first press the "Home"-button (bottom-left) or "Vacuum control"-button to get there.


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  • Pull out the red mushroom button on the motion system in motion rack C3B03 at 1m20 from the floor.
  • now the 4 lights that are encircled should be green, indicating you can move the VELO-detectors.
  • go to the "motion control" screen. Beware of the fact that a higher value for both X-LEFT and X-RIGHT corresponds to more to the outside !! Move alternatingly the VELO-halves outwards in steps of 1 mm. (At AP=850 mbar moving 1 mm outwards corresponds to an increase of DP of 0.6 mbar.) Wait after every step until the pressures, as represented by AP411 and DP411, are stabilized. To move a detector half, touch the corresponding setpoint, type a new value, type return, make sure you did the right thing, press the "MOVE HORIZONTALLY (X)" button and watch carefully what happens with: position, potmeter readings, DP411, PV301 ... 306 (which should stay closed, which means red ??).

  • When DP has reached a value between -4.5 and -2.0 mbar this part of your mision has been completed successfully. Now press the red mushroom button on the motion system in motion rack C3B03 (to inhibit movement of the detectors) and remove the bypass on (in other words reactivate) "inhibit to motion".

  • From the neon point of view you can now start the warm cooling of the VELO with a setpoint of +10 deg. C..

-- EddyJans - 16 Apr 2008

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