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Entry  Tue Oct 8 08:08:18 2019, gautam, Update, PEM, PEM BLRMS anomaly PEManomaly.png
    Reply  Wed Oct 23 11:49:21 2019, gautam, Update, PEM, PEM BLRMS anomaly seisAll_20191021.pdfspecGrams.zip
       Reply  Thu Oct 24 18:37:15 2019, gautam, Update, PEM, T240 checkout 
          Reply  Tue Nov 5 12:37:50 2019, gautam, Update, PEM, T240 interface unit pulled out T240_recenter.pdfffPotential.pdf
             Reply  Wed Nov 13 19:34:45 2019, gautam, Update, PEM, Follow-up on seismometer discussion seisAll_20191111.pdfffPotential.pdf
                Reply  Wed Nov 13 20:15:56 2019, rana, Update, PEM, Follow-up on seismometer discussion 
                   Reply  Wed Nov 13 23:40:15 2019, gautam, Update, PEM, Follow-up on seismometer discussion seisAll_20191111_1Hz.pdf
                      Reply  Thu Nov 14 12:11:04 2019, rana, Update, PEM, Follow-up on seismometer discussion 
                      Reply  Fri Nov 15 00:18:41 2019, rana, Update, PEM, Follow-up on seismometer discussion MCshake.pdf
                         Reply  Fri Nov 15 12:16:48 2019, gautam, Update, PEM, Follow-up on seismometer discussion BS_ZspecGram.pdf.zip
                            Reply  Mon Nov 18 14:32:53 2019, gautam, Update, PEM, Follow-up on seismometer discussion 
                               Reply  Tue Nov 19 21:53:57 2019, gautam, Update, PEM, Follow-up on seismometer discussion seisxSpec.pdf
Message ID: 14992     Entry time: Thu Oct 24 18:37:15 2019     In reply to: 14989     Reply to this: 15013
Author: gautam 
Type: Update 
Category: PEM 
Subject: T240 checkout 

Summary:

The Trillium T240 seismometer needs mass re-centering. Has anyone done this before, and do we have any hardware to do this?

Details:

I went to the Trillium interface box in 1X5. In this elog, Koji says it is D1000749-v2. But looking at the connector footprint on the back panel, it is more consistent with the v1 layout. Anyway I didn't open it to check. Main point is that none of the backplane data I/O ports are used. We are digitizing (using the fast CDS system) the front panel BNC outputs for the three axes. So of the various connectors available on the interface box, we are only using the front panel DB25, the front panel BNCs, and the rear panel power.

The cable connecting this interface box to the actual seismometer is a custom one I believe. It has a 19 pin military circular type hermetic connector on one end, and a DB25 on the other. Power is supplied to the seismometer from the interface box via this cable, so in order to run the test, I had to use a DB25 breakout board to act as a feedthrough and peek at the signals while the seismometer and interface boards were connected. I used Jenne's mapping of the DB25--> 19 pin connector (which also seems consistent with the schematic). Findings:

  1. We are supplying the Trillium with 39 V DC between the +PWR and -PWR pins, while the datasheet specifies 9V to 36V DC isolated. Probably this is okay?
  2. The analog (AGND) and digital (DGND) ground pins are shorted. Is this okay?
  3. I measured the DC voltages between the AGND pin and each of the mass position outputs.
    • These are supposed to indicate when the masses need re-centering.
    • The nominal output ranges for these are +/- 4 V single-ended.
    • I measured the following values (I don't know how the U,V,W basis is mapped onto the cartesian X,Y,Z coordinates):
      U_MP: 0.708 V
      V_MP: -2.151 V
      W_MP: -3.6 V
    • So at the very least, the mass needs centering in the W direction (the manual recommends doing the re-centering procedure when one of these indicators exceeds 3.5 V in absolute value).
  4. I also checked the DC voltages of the (X,Y,Z) outputs of the seismometer on the front panel BNCs, and also on the DB25 connector (so directly from the seismometer). These are rated to have a range of 40 Vpp differential between the pins. I measured ~0V on all the three axes - this is a bit confusing as I assumed a de-centered mass would lead to saturation in one of these outouts, but maybe we are measuring velocities and not positions?
  5. We probably should consider monitoring these signals long term to inform of such drifts, what is the spare channel situation in the c1sus acromag?
  6. Interestingly, today evening, there is no excess noise in the 0.1-0.3 Hz band in the X-axis of the seismometer even though it is past 6pm PDT now, which is usually the time when the excess begins to show up. The z-axis 0.3-1Hz BLRMS channel has flatlined though...

I am holding off on attempting any re-centering, for more experienced people to comment.

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