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  10544   Fri Sep 26 12:25:34 2014 ericqUpdateGeneralVent progress

I figured out that didn't change the initial guess for the fit routine in Gabriele's code. I also changed the fminsearch criteria to least squares fitting, instead of minimax. The consistency checks now look just as good as the previous time we did these kind of measurements, no disagreements bigger than 1.6mm. 

Thus, the current estimate of the SRC length after yesterday's motions is 5402mm, where we desire 5399mm. So, we will try to move SRM 3mm closer to SR2, after confirming that we are not clipping the POY beam. After all that, we will level the table.

  10545   Fri Sep 26 16:10:14 2014 ericqUpdateGeneralVent update

Today so far:

  • I moved SRM forward by 3mm
  • Then I leveled the ITMY table 
  • At this point, bringing the ITMY oplev beam back onto its QPD got me back to green locking and IR flashes 
  • AS and POY beams are both making it out to their tables, as seen by IR card. (Though not to their in-air optics)

Here's my quick brain dump of things to do before we can pump down (anyone see anything missing?):

  • Check the clearance of the POY beam at the SRM cage
  • Re-do distance reconstruction measurements, confirm desired SRC length
  • Lock the SRM cage down fully (right now, has 2 clamps on, and one laying unused)
  • Align SRM for SRC flashes
  • Adjust SRM OSEM positions as needed
  • Adjust SRM oplev beam path, measure lever arm for calibration
  • Confirm beam spots on output mirrors in ITMY and BS chambers are ok
  • Take pictures of ITMY chamber. 
  • Closeup checklist
  10546   Fri Sep 26 17:13:39 2014 ericqUpdateGeneralVent update

Quote:
  • Check the clearance of the POY beam at the SRM cage
  • Re-do distance reconstruction measurements, confirm desired SRC length

POY has >2 inches of clearance from the SRM cage. 

Distance reconstruction indicates an SRC length of 5399mm, which was exactly our target. 

  10547   Mon Sep 29 09:11:25 2014 SteveUpdateVACvent day 5 RGA scan

 

 

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  10548   Mon Sep 29 10:29:25 2014 SteveUpdateVACRGA is not running

 

 The RGA time stamp was correct last at 20140527

 

  Rga stopped scanning at 20140530

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  10549   Mon Sep 29 12:47:51 2014 ericqUpdateGeneralVent update

Quote:
  •  Lock the SRM cage down fully (right now, has 2 clamps on, and one laying unused)
  • Align SRM for SRC flashes
  • Adjust SRM OSEM positions as needed
  • Adjust SRM oplev beam path, measure lever arm for calibration
  • Confirm beam spots on output mirrors in ITMY and BS chambers are ok

 [Koji, ericq]

We have completed the above points; the ITMY table is still level.

Despite what the wiki says, the SRM LR OSEM open voltage is ~1.97V instead of ~1.64, so we shot for half of that. 

The in-air steering of the SRM oplev return beam needs adjustment. I'll estimate the beam path length when I'm taking pictures and closing up. 

Left to do:

  • Now that AS is back on diode, lock arms and align everything. Confirm everyone's happiness. 
  • Take numerous pictures of ITMY chamber.
  • Center oplevs
  • Put doors on
  • Close shutters
  • Pump down
  • Replace MC refl Y1 with the beamsplitter
  • Turn PSL power back up

Related In-Air work:

  • Fix POY steering
  • Fix SRM oplev return steering
  10550   Mon Sep 29 17:10:51 2014 ericqUpdateGeneralVent update

Everything is aligned, AS and POY make it out of vacuum unclipped, OSEM readings look good.

I set up the SRM oplev, centered all oplevs.

Tomorrow, we just have to take pictures of the ITMY chamber before we put the heavy doors on. 

  10551   Mon Sep 29 18:12:24 2014 ericqUpdateGeneralVent update

I closed the PSL shutter as we didn't want to burn the mirror surface when we are not working.

  10552   Tue Sep 30 11:53:29 2014 ericqUpdateGeneralVent update

 

Photos have been taken of the ITMY chamber, and uploaded to picasa. Here's a slideshow:

  10553   Tue Sep 30 16:18:57 2014 SteveUpdateVACpump down #78 has started

 

Q checked the earth quake stops of SRM and we put the ITMY & BS doors on. 

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  10554   Tue Sep 30 17:26:18 2014 ericqUpdateLSCNew AO cable in place

I've installed a new 2pin lemo cable going from the CM servo out to in2 of the MC servo board, and removed the temporary BNC. I used some electrical tape to give the cable some thickness where the lemo head screws on to try to strain relieve the solder joints; hopefully this cable is more robust than the last. 

I put an excitation into the CM board, and saw it come out of MC_F, so I think we're set. 

  10555   Tue Sep 30 18:02:53 2014 SteveUpdateVACpump down #78 stops at 320 Torr

 

We  stopped pumping just short of 3 hours at 320 Torr.  Pumping speed was 2.7 Torr / min with partially closed RV1 and butterfly valve/

RP1&3 roughing pump hose is disconnected. Butterfly valve removed. The vac envelope is closed. 

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  10556   Wed Oct 1 10:21:19 2014 SteveUpdateVACpump down #78 stops at 3.5 Torr

Quote:

 

We  stopped pumping just short of 3 hours at 320 Torr.  Pumping speed was 2.7 Torr / min with partially closed RV1 and butterfly valve/

RP1&3 roughing pump hose is disconnected. Butterfly valve removed. The vac envelope is closed. 

 This is our second stop. I will be back this afternoon.     IFO  P1 3.5 Torr

  

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  10557   Wed Oct 1 16:26:53 2014 SteveUpdateVACpump down #78 completed

 

 Pump down reached "vacuum normal" state. IFO _P1 pressure 1e-4 torr in 8 hrs actual pumping time

 PSL shutter is opened.

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  10558   Wed Oct 1 19:40:46 2014 ericqUpdateLSCArms IR aligned
Summary:
  • Beamsplitter was put into MC refl path.
  • HWP was rotated to maximize power into PMC. 
  • MC autolocker locked, small alignment tweak led to WFS taking over
  • Light present on REFL, AS and POP!
  • After small adjustments to TTs and ETMY, locked Yarm with AS55, ran ASS. 
  • Adjusted AS camera and RFPD alignment for ASS'd AS beam. 
  • Left arm locked on AS55, aligned new POY beam onto POY11. Centered ITMY oplev while I was there. 
  • After adjusting digital POY11 demod angle with an excitation into ETMY, arms were POX/POY locked and ASS'ed.
  • PRM and SRM eyeball aligned

The IFO is ready for 3F DRMI comissioning 

  10559   Thu Oct 2 09:23:23 2014 SteveUpdateVACvent 77

Quote:

 

 Pump down reached "vacuum normal" state. IFO _P1 pressure 1e-4 torr

PSL shutter is opened.

 IFO_P1 pressure 1.6e-5 torr after 6 days at atm

 

PS: PSL sliding door 11 was left open overnight. The PSL particle count will reach room counts in 20 seconds at low speed of HEPA

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  10560   Thu Oct 2 14:36:52 2014 steveUpdatePEMoil drops on vertex crane

Quote:

 

 KroneCrane Fred inspected and certified the 3 40m cranes for 2014. The vertex crane crane was load tested at fully extended position.

 Small oil drops were found during prevent inspection of the vertex crane. They were wiped off. It took 231 days to grow this size.

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  10561   Thu Oct 2 20:54:45 2014 KojiUpdateIOOIMC WFS measurements

[Eric Koji]

We made sensing matrix measurements for the IMC WFS and the MC2 QPD.

The data is under further analysis but here is some record of the current state to show
IMC Trans RIN and the ASC error signals with/without IMC ASC loops

The measureents were done automatically running DTT. This can be done by

/users/Templates/MC/wfsTFs/run_measurements

The analysis is in preparation so that it provides us a diagnostic report in a PDF file.

Attachment 1: IMC_RIN_141002.pdf
IMC_RIN_141002.pdf
Attachment 2: IMC_WFS_141002.pdf
IMC_WFS_141002.pdf
  10562   Fri Oct 3 03:02:17 2014 ericqUpdateLSCNo luck locking DRMI

I haven't been able to lock the DRMI tonight, neither with 1F and no arms nor 3F and arms held off with ALS... I tried previous recipes, and new combinations informed by simulations I've run, to no avail. 

I touched the alignment of the green beat PD on the PSL table, since the X beatnote was rather low, but wasn't able to improve it by much. I never took a spectrum, since it wasn't my main focus tonight, but the low frequency motion of both arms on ALS, as observed by RIN, was good as I've ever seen it. 

In our WFS work earlier today, Koji and I reset the WFS offsets, and it actually seems to have helped a good deal, in terms of the "fuzz" of MC REFL on the wall striptool. I had previously presumed this to be due to excess angular motion, but perhaps it is more accurately described as an alignment offset that let the nominal angular motion couple into the RIN more. 

  10563   Fri Oct 3 10:10:37 2014 SteveUpdateVACcold cathode gauge reading switched

 

We have two cold cathode gauges at the pump spool and one  signal cable to controller. CC1  in horizontal position and CC1 in vertical position.  

CC1 h started not reading so I moved cable over to CC1 v

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  10564   Fri Oct 3 13:03:05 2014 ericqUpdateIOOIMC WFS measurements

Yesterday, Koji and I measured the transfer function of pitch and yaw excitations of each MC mirror, directly to each quadrant of each WFS QPD. 

When I last touched the WFS settings, I only used MC2 excitations to set the individual quadrant demodulation phases, but Koji pointed out that this could be incomplete, since motion of the curved MC2 mirror is qualitatively different than motion of the flat 1&3. 

We set up a DTT file with twenty TFs (the excitation to I & Q of each WFS quadrant, and the MC2 trans quadrants), and then used some perl find and replace magic to create an xml file for each excitation. These are the files called by the measurement script Koji wrote. 

I then wrote a MATLAB script that uses the magical new dttData function Koji and Nic have created, to extract the TF data at the excitation frequency, and build up the sensing elements. I broke the measurements down by detector and excitation coordinate (pitch or yaw).

The amplitudes of the sensing elements in the following plots are normalized to the single largest response of any of the QPD's quadrants to an excitation in the given coordinate, the angles are unchanged. From this, we should be able to read off the proper digital demodulation angles for each segment, confirm the signs of their combinations for pitch and yaw, and construct the sensing matrix elements of the properly rotated signals. 

WFS1PIT.pdfWFS2PIT.pdf

WFS1YAW.pdfWFS2YAW.pdf

The axes of each quadrant look consistent across mirrors, which is good, as it nails down the proper demod angle. 

The xml files and matlab script used to generate these plots is attached. (It requires the dttData functions however, which are in the svn (and the dttData functions require a MATLAB newer than 2012b))

Attachment 5: analyzeWfs.zip
  10565   Sun Oct 5 10:09:49 2014 ranaUpdateIOOIMC WFS measurements

It seems clever, but I wonder why use DTT and command line perl, instead of using the FE lockins or just demod the offline data or all of the other sensing matrix scripts made for the LSC (at 40m) or ASC (at LLO) ?

  10566   Sun Oct 5 23:43:08 2014 KojiUpdateIOOIMC WFS measurements

There are several non scientific reasons.

  10567   Mon Oct 6 10:04:58 2014 manasaUpdateGeneralUnexpected power shutdown

We had a unexpected power shutdown for 5 sec at ~ 9:15 AM.

Chiara had to be powered up and am in the process of getting everything else back up again.

Steve checked the vacuum and everything looks fine with the vacuum system.

  10568   Mon Oct 6 10:23:43 2014 SteveUpdateVACUnexpected power shutdown

Quote:

We had an unexpected power shutdown for 5 sec at ~ 9:15 AM.

Chiara had to be powered up and am in the process of getting everything else back up again.

Steve checked the vacuum and everything looks fine with the vacuum system.

PSL Innolight laser and the 3 units of IFO air conditions turned on.

The vacuum system reaction to losing power: V1 closed and Maglev shut down. Maglev is running on 220VAC so it is not connected to VAC-UPS.  V1 interlock was triggered by Maglev "failure" message.

Maglev was reset and started. After Chiara was turned on manually I could bring up the vac control screen through Nodus and opened V1

"Vacuum Normal" valve configuration was recovered instantly.

 

Chiara needs UPS 

It is arriving Thursday

  10569   Mon Oct 6 10:28:18 2014 manasaUpdateGeneralUnexpected power shutdown

Quote:

We had a unexpected power shutdown for 5 sec at ~ 9:15 AM.

Chiara had to be powered up and am in the process of getting everything else back up again.

Steve checked the vacuum and everything looks fine with the vacuum system.

 The last time we had a power failure IFO recovery elog

  10570   Mon Oct 6 11:09:52 2014 JenneUpdateGeneralUnexpected power shutdown: slow computers

As per other slow computers, which Chris figured out in elog 10189, I added all the rest of the slow computers to Chiara's /etc/hosts file, so that they would come up when Manasa went and keyed the crates. 

Computers that were already there:

  • c1auxex
  • c1psl
  • c1iscaux

Computers that I added today:

  • c1susaux
  • c1auxey
  • c1iscaux2
  • c1pem1
  • c1aux
  • c1iool0
  • c1vac1

Manasa keyed all of these crates *except* for the vac computer, since Steve said that the vacuum system is up and running fine.

  10571   Mon Oct 6 17:04:51 2014 ericqUpdateGeneralUnexpected power shutdown

I brought back the PMC, MC and Arms.

PMC:

  • Same as when we replaced the busted sorensen, the kepco regulators in 1X1 (which power the FSS HV amp, PMC PZT and WFS) needed to be brought back up in the proper order. (Middle two are  + and - for the FSS, need to be rolled up in unison). Also the same as that occasion, sticky sliders prevented the full voltage range on the PMC PZT from being accessible. I touched every button on the PMC and FSS screens, which seemed to fix it. 
  • I then realigned the PMC to ~0.80 transmission

MC:

  • Needed to do some hand alignment to get a lock
  • Measured spot positions, they were all under 2mm
  • Despite centering the beams on the WFS and setting the offsets, WFS would not turn on successfully
  • Also, the autolocker on megatron isn't doing anything but blinking
  • Also also, MC2 is exhibiting some intermittent alignment wandering. The SUSDOF traces look like flat ramps lasting a few minutes. 

Arms:

  • No green was evident anywhere, but it didn't take to much alignment tweaking to get IR flashes
  • No signals were evident on RFPDs, confirmed light on PDs and power to demod boards. 
  • Turned out the 11MHz Marconi was not doing anything, and needed to be reset to the modulation frequency in ELOG 10314 (which reminds me that I need to update the sticker on the marconi)
  • Locked arms, ASS'ed, oplev spots were acceptable. 

 

  10572   Mon Oct 6 17:36:17 2014 ericqUpdateGeneralUnexpected power shutdown

The autolocker is now working, but I didn't change anything to make it so. I was just putting in some echo statements, to see where it was getting hung up, and it started working... This isn't the first time I've had this experience. 

It turns out IOO had a bad BURT restore. I restored from 5AM this morning, the WFS are ok now. 

  10573   Mon Oct 6 18:15:12 2014 manasaUpdateGeneralUnexpected power shutdown: end green alignment

After Q brought back the IR, I went to check the green situation.

1. The end lasers had to be turned ON. 
2. The heaters for the doubler crystals had to be enabled. The heaters are at the set values.
3. The X arm PZTs for the steering mirrors had to be powered up (Set voltage 100V and current 6.7mA)
4. I aligned the green to the already IR-aligned arms.

Green PSL alignment has to be done after Q finishes his work on the MC WFS.

  10574   Tue Oct 7 00:18:12 2014 JenneUpdateLSCYgreen PSL alignment, ETMX strain relief

No exciting progress today.  I did PSL green alignment for the Yarm, although I now think that the Xarm green needs realigning too.

Also, I was foiled for a while by ETMX jumping around.  I think it's because the adapter board on the Xend rack didn't have any strain relief.  So, I zip tied the heavy cable in a few places so that it's no longer pulling on the connector.  Hopefully we won't see ETMX misbehaving as often now, so we won't have to go squish cables as often.

  10575   Tue Oct 7 10:09:07 2014 manasaUpdateGeneralChiara not responding

Chiara doesn't seem to be responding and I guess something happened 7 hrs ago.

I tried to hook up chiara to a monitor to reboot or atleast look for error messages; but it is not even detecting the external monitor (Tried changing monitors and vga cables; still see nothing).

I tried to ssh into it and only received errors :
NFS lookup failed for server XXX.XXX.XXX.XXX : error 5 (RPC: Timed out)
ssh: chiara: host/servname not known

Steve had the vacuum checked and everything seems fine with the status of the vacuum system atleast.

  10576   Tue Oct 7 16:17:15 2014 SteveUpdateGeneralreason for 8 sec power outage

Quote:

We had a unexpected power shutdown for 5 sec at ~ 9:15 AM.

Chiara had to be powered up and am in the process of getting everything else back up again.

Steve checked the vacuum and everything looks fine with the vacuum system.

 

There was an equipment malfunction in one of Pasadena's substation that caused the outage. After about an 8 second delay, back up circuits restored power. This affected about 1/2 of the campus.

Mike 

-----Original Message-----
From: Steve Vass [mailto:steve@ligo.caltech.edu] 
Sent: Tuesday, October 07, 2014 2:18 PM
To: Anchondo, Michael
Subject: 5s

Hi Mike,

Can you tell me about yesterday's power outage?

Thanks, Steve
  10577   Tue Oct 7 16:19:50 2014 ericqUpdateGeneralChiara not responding

We're back! It was entirely my fault.

Some months ago I wrote a script that chiara calls every night, that rsyncs its hard drive to an external drive. With the power outage yesterday, the external drive didn't automatically mount, and thus chiara tried to rsync its disk to the mount point, which was at the time just a local folder, which made it go splat. 

I'm fixing the backup script to only run if the destination of the rsync job is not a local volume. 

  10578   Tue Oct 7 16:41:12 2014 JenneUpdateGeneralChiara not responding

I put a little script into ...../scripts/Admin that will check the fullness of Chiara's disk.  We only have the mailx program installed on Nodus, so for now it runs on Nodus and sends and email when the chiara disk that nodus mounts is more than 97% full.

  10579   Tue Oct 7 16:55:16 2014 SteveUpdateVACUnexpected sweaty valves

 Pump  spool valves V5, V4, V3 sweating a lot. VM3 and VC2 not so much.

They are VAT valves F28-62887-03, 11, 14 and so on ~15-16 years old.

 I'm speculating that some plastic is aging-braking down at the atmospheric-pneumatic side of valves.
The vacuum side is not effected, according to vacuum pressure readings.

May be some condensation from the small turbos? No

I'm looking for an identical valve to examine, but I can not find one.

We are using industrial grade 99.96% Nitrogen to actuate these valves.

Valves are not effected are  dry: VA6, V6, V7 and all annuloses.

 

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  10580   Tue Oct 7 19:40:58 2014 ericqUpdateLSCCM, REFL11 Wiring

I've changed the LSC rack wiring a little bit, to give us some flexibility when it comes to REFL11. 

Previous, the REFL11 demod I output was fed straight to the CM servo board, and the slow CM board output was hooked up to the REFL11I ADC channel. Thus, it wasn't really practical to ever even look at sensing angles in REFL11, since the I and Q inputs were subject to different signal paths/gains. (Also, doing LSC offsets would do wonky things to refl11 depending on the state of the switches on the CM board screen.)

Thus, I've hooked up the CM board slow output into the the previously existing, aptly named, CM_SLOW channel. The REFL11 demod board I output is split to IN1 of the CM board, and the REFL11 I ADC channel. 

So, there is no longer hidden behavior in behind the REFL11 input filters, channels are what they claim to be, and the CM board output is just as easily accessible to the LSC filters as before. 

  10581   Wed Oct 8 03:20:46 2014 JenneUpdateLSCDo we need AO for acquisition?

As part of trying to determine whether we require the AO path for lock acquisition, or if we can survive on just digital loops, I looked at the noise suppression that we can get with a digital loop.

I took a spectrum of POX, and calibrated it using a line driving ETMX to match the ALSX_FINE_PHASE_OUT_HZ channel, and then I converted green Hz to meters. 

I then undid the LSC loop that was engaged at the time (XARM FMs 1,2,3,4,5,8 and the pendulum plant), to infer the free running arm motion. 

I also applied the ALS filters (CARM FMs 1,2,3,5,6) and the pendulum plant to the free running noise to infer what we expect we could do with the current digital CARM filters assuming we were not sensor noise limited.

In the figure, we see that the free running arm displacement is inferred to be about 0.4 micrometers RMS.  The in-loop POX signal is 0.4 picometers RMS, which (although it's in-loop, so we're not really that quiet) is already better than 1/10th the coupled cavity linewidth.  Also, the CARM filters that we use for the ALS lock, and also the sqrtInvTrans lock are able to get us down to about 1 pm RMS, although that is not including sensor noise issues. 

EstimatedNoisePerformance.png

For reference, here are the open loop gains for the LSC filters+pendulum and ALS filters+pendulum that we're currently using.  The overall gain of these loops have been set so the UGF is 150Hz.

 BodeLSCvsALS.png

It seems to me that as long as our sensors are good enough, we should be able to keep the arm motion down to less than 1/10th or 1/20th the coupled cavity linewidth with only the digital system.  So, we should think about working on that rather than focusing on engaging the AO path for a while.

Attachment 3: CARMnoise_7Oct2014.zip
  10582   Wed Oct 8 03:37:44 2014 ericqUpdateLSCPRFPMI, other sign of CARM offset

 [ericq, Jenne]

We attempted some of the same old CARM offset reduction tonight, but from the other direction. (We have no direct knowledge of which is the spring and which is the anti-spring side)

We we able to get to, and sit at, arm powers on the order of 5. Really, we kind of wanted just to push things to try and inform our current ideas of what our limiting factor is, so as to appropriately expend our efforts. 

Candidates include:

  • ALS noise causing excess DARM motion
    • Means we need to DRMI to widen DARM linewidth, avoid sign flip in AS55, IR lock DARM sooner
  • Intolerable sensor noise makes CARM wander too much, changing our plant more than our loops can handle
    • We should work on having live calibrated CARM spectra during lock attempts, to compare with Jenne's noise estimates, and see where/how/why we exceed it. 
  • detuned CARM pole causes loop instability
    • Maybe some sort of notching can get us by
    • AO path could extend bandwidth, getting the pole into the control band 
  • SqrtInv signals losing low frequency sensitivity due to radiation pressure, or DC sensitivity due to transmission curve flattening out
    • Bring in AO path for supplementary bandwidth, which lets us turn up loop gain / engage big boosts
    • Or, switch to REFLDC in digital land, which is nontrivial, due to different optical plant shapes.

We took many digital CARM OLTFs at different offsets; it never really looked like a burgeoning pole was about to make things unstable. The low frequency OLTF data had bad SNR, so it wasn't clear if we were losing gain there. We weren't at arm powers where we would expect the DC transmission curve to flatten out yet, from simulations (which is above a few tens).

My impression from at least our last lock loss was a DARM excursion. However, using the DRMI won't get rid of the second two points.

 

  10583   Wed Oct 8 03:49:42 2014 JenneUpdateLSCPRFPMI, other sign of CARM offset

Other thoughts from talking with Rana earlier:

  • Is it possible to suppress CARM motion enough that we can use just a digital loop?  Can we do without the AO path?  What would said digital loop have to look like?
  • Q points out that there is a zero in the relative transfer function between CARM to transmission, and CARM to REFLDC.  Is that zero invertible?
  • We should look at some limits, like saturation limits.  How much will we need to actuate?
  • Rana is looking at making a more detailed CARM loop model in simulink to see if we can stay stable throughout our CARM offset reduction journey.

Also, Q and I squished on the suspension connectors earlier tonight.  MC2 was going wonky, which we feared might be because we were in that area working on Chiara earlier.  Then, after squishing the MC connectors, the PRM started misbehaving, so we went and gave all the corner suspension connectors another squish.  No suspension glitching problems since then.

  10584   Wed Oct 8 08:46:57 2014 SteveUpdateVACVAT valves actuator lubricant

Quote:

 Pump  spool valves V5, V4, V3 sweating a lot. VM3 and VC2 not so much.

They are VAT valves F28-62887-03, 11, 14 and so on ~15-16 years old.

 I'm speculating that some plastic is aging-braking down at the atmospheric-pneumatic side of valves.
The vacuum side is not effected, according to vacuum pressure readings.

May be some condensation from the small turbos? No

I'm looking for an identical valve to examine, but I can not find one.

We are using industrial grade 99.96% Nitrogen to actuate these valves.

Valves are not effected are  dry: VA6, V6, V7 and all annuloses.

 

VAT's answer:

Yes, our engineers are aware of this issue.  They say:

The pneumatic actuator needs lubricant as the O-ring (Viton) slides in the cylinder. Without grease the O-ring would be abraded and leaking after only a relatively few cycles.  The lubricant used in our pneumatic actuators is an emulsion of oil and Teflon flakes.   Vibration, many cycles and sometimes high temperature lead to the separation of the oil and Teflon.   That is apparently the issue you are seeing.

VAT is and has been testing and qualifying new lubricants, and this is one of the factors we are always looking to improve.  The formula we used 15 years ago in these valves seems to have performed reasonable  well.  Our formula today should perform even better.

We realize this explanation does not help you with these existing valves, but 15 years of service is not too bad is it? 

Steve -NOTE:bonnet seal is metal so there is no way this oil can get into our vacuum ( only if the bellow leaks )

  10585   Wed Oct 8 15:31:31 2014 JenneUpdateCDSComputer status

After the Great Computer Meltdown of 2014, we forgot about poor c0rga, which is why the RGA hasn't been recording scans for the past several months (as Steve noted in elog 10548).

Q helped me remember how to fix it.  We added 3 lines to its /etc/fstab file, so that it knows to mount from Chiara and not Linux1.  We changed the resolv.conf file, and Q made some simlinks.

Steve and I ran ..../scripts/RGA/RGAset.py on c0rga to setup the RGA's settings after the power outage, and we're checking to make sure that the RGA will run right now, then we'll set it back to the usual daily 4am run via cron.

EDIT, JCD:  Ran ..../scripts/RGA/RGAlogger.py, saw that it works and logs data again.  Also, c0rga had a slightly off time, so I ran sudo ntpdate -b -s -u pool.ntp.org, and that fixed it.

Quote:

 

In all of the fstabs, we're using chiara's IP instead of name, so that if the nameserver part isn't working, we can still get the NFS mounts.

On control room computers, we mount the NFS through /etc/fstab having lines like:

192.168.113.104:/home/cds /cvs/cds nfs rw,bg 0 0
fb:/frames /frames nfs ro,bg 0 0

Then, things like /cvs/cds/foo are locally symlinked to /opt/foo

For the diskless machines, we edited the files in /diskless/root. On FB, /diskless/root/etc/fstab becomes

master:/diskless/root                   /         nfs     sync,hard,intr,rw,nolock,rsize=8192,wsize=8192    0 0
master:/usr                             /usr      nfs     sync,hard,intr,ro,nolock,rsize=8192,wsize=8192    0 0
master:/home                            /home     nfs     sync,hard,intr,rw,nolock,rsize=8192,wsize=8192    0 0
none                                    /proc     proc    defaults          0 0
none                                    /var/log        tmpfs   size=100m,rw    0 0
none                                    /var/lib/init.d tmpfs   size=100m,rw    0 0
none                                    /dev/pts        devpts  rw,nosuid,noexec,relatime,gid=5,mode=620        0 0
none                                    /sys            sysfs   defaults        0 0
master:/opt                             /opt      nfs    async,hard,intr,rw,nolock  0 0
192.168.113.104:/home/cds/rtcds         /opt/rtcds      nfs     nolock  0 0
192.168.113.104:/home/cds/rtapps        /opt/rtapps     nfs     nolock  0 0

("master" is defined in /diskless/root/etc/hosts to be 192.168.113.202, which is fb's IP)

and /diskless/root/etc/resolv.conf becomes:

search martian

nameserver 192.168.113.104 #Chiara

 

 

 

  10586   Thu Oct 9 10:52:37 2014 manasaUpdateGeneralPower outage II & recovery

Post 30-40min unexpected power outage this morning, Steve checked the status of the vacuum and I powered up Chiara.

I brought back the FE machines and keyed all the crates to bring back the slow machines but for the vac computers.

c1vac1 is not responding as of now. All other computers have come back and are alive.

  10587   Thu Oct 9 11:56:35 2014 SteveUpdateVACPower outage II & recovery

Quote:

Post 30-40min unexpected power outage this morning, Steve checked the status of the vacuum and I powered up Chiara.

I brought back the FE machines and keyed all the crates to bring back the slow machines but for the vac computers.

c1vac1 is not responding as of now. All other computers have come back and are alive.

 

 IFO vacuum, air condition and PMC HV are still down. PSL out put beam is blocked on the table.

  10588   Thu Oct 9 13:29:14 2014 JenneUpdatePSLPower outage II & recovery

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 IFO vacuum, air condition and PMC HV are still down. PSL out put beam is blocked on the table.

 PMC is fine.  There are sliders in the Phase Shifter screen (accessible from the PMC screen) that also needed touching. 

PSL shutter is still closed until Steve is happy with the vacuum system - I guess we don't want to let high power in, in case we come all the way up to atmosphere and particulates somehow get in and get fried on the mirrors. 

  10589   Thu Oct 9 16:31:53 2014 ericqUpdateLSCCARM W/N TFs

In my previous simulation results, I've always plotted W/m, which isn't exactly straightforward. We often think about the displacement that a given mirror actuator output will induce, but when we're locking the full IFO, radiation pressure effects modify the mechanical response depending on the current detuning, making the meaning of W/m transfer functions a little fuzzy.

So, I've redone my MIST simulations to report Watts of signal response due to actual actuator newtons, which is what we actually control with the digital system. Note, however, that these Watts are those that would be sensed by a detector directly at the given port, and doesn't take into account the power reduction from in-air beamsplitters, etc.

As an example, here are the SqrtInv and REFLDC CARM TFs for the anti-spring case:

carm2SQRTinv.pdfcarm2REFLDC.pdf

 

The units of the SqrtInv plot are maybe a little weird, these TFs are the exact shape of the TRX W/N TFs with the DC value adjusted by the ratio of the DC sweep derivatives of TRX and SqrtInv. 

All of the results live in /svn/trunk/modeling/PRFPMI_radpressure/

 

  10590   Thu Oct 9 17:33:28 2014 SteveUpdateVACPower outage II & recovery

Quote:

Quote:

Post 30-40min unexpected power outage this morning, Steve checked the status of the vacuum and I powered up Chiara.

I brought back the FE machines and keyed all the crates to bring back the slow machines but for the vac computers.

c1vac1 is not responding as of now. All other computers have come back and are alive.

 

 IFO vacuum, air condition and PMC HV are still down. PSL out put beam is blocked on the table.

 We are pumping again. This is a temporary configuration. The annuloses are at atmosphere. The reset reboot of c1Vac1 and 2 opened everything except the valves that were disconnected.

TP2 lost it's vent solenoid power supply and dry pump during the power outage.

They were replaced but the new small turbo controller is not set up as the old TP2 was so it does not allow V4 to open. 

Tomorrow I will swap back the old controller,  pump down the annuloses and close off the ion pumps.

I removed the beam block from the PSL table and opened the shutter. CC4 has the real pressure 2e-5 Torr  

CC1 is not real.

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  10591   Thu Oct 9 18:30:59 2014 JenneUpdateLSCCARM W/N TFs

Okay, here (finally) is the optickle version.

I have the antispring case, starting at 501pm and going roughly every 10pm down to 1pm.  I also have the spring case, starting at -501pm and going down every 10pm to roughly -113pm.  Rossa crashed partway through the calculation, which is why it's not all the way.

In the .zip is a .mat file called PDs_vs_CARMoffset_WattsPerNewton.mat, which has (a) a list of the 50 CARM offsets, (b) a frequency vector, and (c) several transfer function arrays.  The transfer function arrays are supposed to be intuitively named, eg. REFLDC_antispring. 

In the .zip file are also the original .mat files that are a result of the tickle calculations, as well as a .m file for loading them and making the plots, etc.  For anyone who is trying to re-create the transfer function variables, I by-hand saved the variable called PD_WperN to the names like REFLDC_antispring.  Just kidding.  Those original mat files are over 100Mb each, and that's just crazy.  Anyhow, I think the .zip has everything needed to use the data from these plots.

Anyhow.  Here are plots of what are in the various transfer function arrays:

 TRX_antispring.pngTRX_spring.png

REFLDC_antispring.pngREFLDC_spring.png

REFL11I_antispring.pngREFL11I_spring.png

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  10592   Thu Oct 9 19:14:04 2014 ericqUpdateGeneralPower outage II & recovery

I touched up the PMC alignment. 

While bringing back the MC, I realized IOO got a really old BURT restore again... Restored from midnight last night. WFS still working.

Now aligning IFO for tonight's work

  10593   Fri Oct 10 00:20:37 2014 ranaUpdateLSCCARM W/N TFs

 

 Assuming that these Watts/Newtons TFs are correct, I've modeled the resulting open loop gain for CARM. The goal is to design a loop that is stable under a wide range of offsets and also has enough low frequency gain.

The attached PDF shows this. I used a CARM OLG Simulink model:

carm40.png

I've replaced the 'armTF' block with a digital gain of zero. After measuring the open loop gain of all but this piece, I multiply that 'OLG' with the W/N that Jenne extracted from Optickle for CARM->TR (not sqrtInv)

I plot the resulting estimate of the actual OLG in the following plot. Since the CARM-RSE peak is moving down, we use the LP filter that Den installed for us several months ago. To account for the radiation pressure spring, we use some low frequency boosts but not the crazy FM4 filter.

As you can see, the loop is stable from 500 to 200 pm, but then goes unstable around 110 pm. I expect that we will want to do some fancy shaping there or switch from TRX+TRY into something else.

This assumes we have filters 0, 1, 3, 5, and 7 on in the CARM filter bank - still need to add the digital AA/AI to make the loop phase lag a little more accruate, but I think this is looking promising.

 

Attachment 2: carm.pdf
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