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Message ID: 3260     Entry time: Wed Jul 21 15:43:38 2010
Author: Megan 
Type: Summary 
Category: PSL 
Subject: Copper Layer Thickness on the Reference Cavity 

Using the equation for thermal resistance

Rthermal = L/(k*A)

where k is the thermal conductivity of a material, L is the length, and A is the surface area through which the heat passes, I could find the thermal resistance of the copper and stainless steel on the reference cavity. To reduce temperature gradients across the vacuum chamber, the thermal resistance of the copper must be the same or less than that of the stainless steel. Since the copper is directly on top of the stainless steel, the length and width will be the same for both, just the thickness will be different (for ease of calculation, I assumed flat, rectangular strips of the metal). Assuming we wish to have a thermal resistance of the copper n times less than that of the stainless steel, we have

RCu = RSS/n


L/(kCu*w*tCu) = L/(kSS*w*tSS*n)

so that

tCu/tSS = n*kSS/kCu

We know that kSS = 401 W/m*K and KCu = 16 W/m*K, so

tCu/tSS = 0.0399*n

By using the drawings for the short reference cavity vacuum chamber (the only one I could find drawings for online) I found a thickness of the walls of 0.12 in or 0.3048 cm. So for the same thermal resistance in both metals, the copper must be 0.0122 cm thick and for a thermal resistance 10 times less, it must be 0.122 cm thick. So we will have to keep wrapping the copper on the vacuum chamber!

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