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  3356   Wed Aug 4 03:01:56 2010 JenneUpdatePEMCatastrophic Cable Failures

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After some cable swapping this morning, I have determined which cable is bad.  It's the Gur1 cable between the seismometer and the breakout box.  This is a milspec -> 37pin d-sub cable.  I'll pull out the cable and have a look at it after lunch.

 So, I was wrong about which cable it was, probably in my rush to get some lunch.  The actual culprit was the octopus cable that Bob made waaay back in the day (~2 years ago) to go from the "ADC out" of the breakout box (37pin Male Dsub) to 9 BNCs.  As it turns out, the Gur1Z channel of that cable was broken on both ends!!! 

On one end, we have the 37 pin Dsub.  The cable used was so thick (way too thick for this application) that it made a super rigid connection between the wires and the connector, and any bending of the cable stressed this connection, despite the strain-relief of the backshell.  The Gur1Z connection snapped off when I was gently wiggling the connections to check them out.  Also, since the wires were all so thick, they didn't really fit into the hole in the backshell, so 2 or 3 of them were squished.....straight through the insulation so that several channels were shorted together / potentially shorted to ground.  This may explain some of the nasty behavior that Rana and I had seen (although I might have forgotten to elog? My bad.) that even with the inputs of the breakout box all terminated, there was high coherence between the channels.  Terminated inputs should give random noise, so this was fishy. 

On the other end of the cable we have the 9 BNCs.  I had finished redoing the 37pin end of the cable, and was 'beeping' it to check it out, when to my dismay I found that the Gur1Z channels (the inside and the outer shield of the BNC connector) were shorted together.  I removed these 2 wires from the Dsub connector to confirm that the BNC was at fault.  Koji looked at the BNC with me after I chopped it off of the cable.  Bad news strikes again.  To get the wires to fit in the inner pin of the BNC connector, the cable-maker had cut off several strands of the wire to make it skinnier.  It appears that over the years these cut-off strands wiggled their way to touching the outer shield.  This appears to be a danger for all of the BNCs on this cable: a little bit of torque (which one might expect during plugging and unplugging a BNC) and the 2 sides of the differential measurement will be shorted together.

I then decided to start afresh and make my own cable.  I found some AWG26 8-twisted-pair cable laying around underneath the Yarm (since this was all I could find, I was just going to do the Gur1 and Gur2 channels, and leave out the Gur3's).  The 37 Dsub side was easy, but I seem not able to connect such skinny wire to the BNC connectors in a robust way.  Since this bad cable has so far cost me ~2.5 16-hour days of grief, I don't want my new version of it to also be bad.  At this point, I await the advice of one wiser than I. I think BNC connectors are designed for something a little closer to ~20AWG, but I could be wrong.  Also, they are obviously optimized for coax cable. So what I have now is never going to be great.  Maybe tomorrow I can go to the Electronics Shop / Store and buy BNC connectors that are meant to be soldered-to.  That would be awesome.

Since I currently have no functional cable to go from Breakout box to ADC, the Guralps are unplugged for tonight.

Conclusions for the day / evening:  Frank, Alastair and Jenna are mostly absolved of blame, although the traveling to Bridge and opening and closing the box (which usually involves more plugging and unplugging of cables) probably didn't help this cable out too much.  Also, Bob definitely owes me a Sugar Napoleon or something.

 In other news, since the Gur2Z ADC channel is totally wacked, I have taken over (but not renamed) the Ranger channel for Gur2Z for now.  Jan still has the Ranger hostage over in Bridge, so this is okay for now.

  3355   Wed Aug 4 01:44:56 2010 KojiConfigurationPEMAccelerometer located on and below the PSL table

[Jenne and Koji] 

In order to characterize the seismic vibration of the PSL table, we put the accelerometers on and below the PSL table.

On the PSL: MC2 Accelerometers (X, Y, Z) - being connected to CH1-3 of the preamps
East side of the PSL table. X, Y, and Z is directed to North, East, and Up.

On the ground: MC1 Accelerometers (X, Y, Z) - being connected to CH4-6 of the preamps
Beneath the West side of the PSL table. X, Y, and Z is co-aligned to the MC2 ACC.

I found that the C1:PEM-ACC_MC1_Z has large noise in the low freq (~1Hz) region. I tracked down the noise source
and found the noise is still present in the down stream even when the CH17 (C1:PEM-ACC_MC1_Z) of the ADC IF BNC
(@1Y7) was terminated.

I consulted with Jenne and decided to connect this channel to CH14, which is vacant and has name
C1:PEM-AUDIO_MIC2 (16k).
(for the details of the channel configurations, see /cvs/cds/caltech/chans/daq/C1ADCU_PEM.ini)

I first tried magnetometer channels to steal, but they didn't seem reacting (and the connected to the wrong channels).
I am feeling that we should once entirely check the I/F box.

Note that there looks the difference of the gain by x10 between C1:PEM-ACC_MC* channels and C1:PEM-AUDIO_MIC2.

[From Jenne:  The gain difference is because the C1:PEM-ACC_MC* channels have gain=10 in the .ini file, while C1:PEM-AUDIO_MIC2 uses the default gain=1. ]

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  3354   Tue Aug 3 11:50:16 2010 JenneUpdatePEMSeismometer Problem Tracked down

After some cable swapping this morning, I have determined which cable is bad.  It's the Gur1 cable between the seismometer and the breakout box.  This is a milspec -> 37pin d-sub cable.  I'll pull out the cable and have a look at it after lunch.

  3353   Tue Aug 3 11:17:10 2010 kiwamuUpdateCDSDiagrams for Cables needed for CDS test

Current Wiring Setup for the Suspension Controls

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New Wiring Plan for the Suspension Controls  with the New CDS  

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Missing Stuff for the CDS test

Ideally we can reuse the existing cables, but some of them may not be long enough for the new wiring.

The diagram below shows extremely non-ideal case.

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Some more information will be summarized on the wiki later.

 

  3352   Tue Aug 3 03:15:06 2010 nancyUpdateIOOMC back to locked mode

I turned the WFS gain to 0.02 back, and the MC is locked, the data for the seismic motion might be meaningful nowforth.

  3351   Tue Aug 3 01:51:01 2010 JenneUpdatePEMSeismometer Update: Still not good, but perhaps getting better

Quote:

Today's seismometer diagnosis activities are still underway, this is just an update (since I did some reboots):

Problem 1: X and Z channels on both seismometers were flipped.  I unplugged an X cable (East/West on the cable labels) and the Z channel (vert) would go to floating ADC zero.  Rana suggested that the ADCs sometimes have random channel hopping, and that a reboot of the c0dcu1 computer which handles the PEM ADCU should fix this problem.  I keyed the c0dcu1 / c0daqawg crate, those computers came back just fine, and the channels were no longer flipped.  This is a good thing.  Although now it's actually the Z channels that were / are bad on both seismometers, not the X's.

While rebooting those computers, c1iovme, c1sosvme, c1susvme1 and c1susvme2 crashed.  I rebooted them, although for the first few power cycles c1susvme1&2 couldn't mount /cvs/cds/caltech.  Eventually they did, and life is good again.  Except that the seismometers are still funny.

 Some more progress, but still not complete:

Jan and I looked at all of the Gur channels on a 'scope (battery, so as not to be grounded), and 5 of the 6 looked good.  We were looking at the BNCs just as they go into the ADC.  The one which still looks bad is Gur1Z.  The 'scope just doesn't see any signal on that channel. 

In addition, the ADC's BNC input #4 (which normally has Gur2Z) looks totally shot.  When it's floating, the signal on dataviewer definitely doesn't look floating.  I'm probably going to have to move over to another channel, and just give that one up (this ADC already has several channels which have been declared bad, so maybe it's not a surprise that this can happen?)

Since one of the Gur signals looks bad (Gur1Z) and one of the ADC channels looks bad (usual Gur2Z), I switched the Z channels on the ADC board, so the channel being saved as Gur1Z is in fact Gur2Z.  This is valid as of ~1:15am until further elog notice.

During my investigations into why Gur1Z is funny, I also looked at the signal on the BNC octopus cable coming straight from the output of the Guralp Breakout Box (this is the cable which goes from "ADC Out" on the back of the box which is a 37 pin D-sub to 9 differential BNCs), and sometimes I saw zero on the 'scope, but sometimes there was a signal which would coincide with jumping tests.  Whenever there was a signal however, it was always a way lower amplitude (at least by a factor of 10?) than the other channels.

All of this craziness led to me pulling the Guralp box to investigate. 

Upon opening the box, I recalled that the channels go in order: Vert, NS, EW.  The Gur1Z channel is that first vert channel, and it's the one which always had a blue input capacitor rather than a surface mount one.  Being suspicious of Frank and Alastair, since they seemed unhappy with my capacitor choices, I wondered if they had wiggled the blue cap, and tore something loose.  Just in case, and to make things seem more uniform, I replaced the blue cap with a surface mount 1uF cap.  (Actually its 0.909uF, replacing the 0.905uF blue cap, according to the black DMM that measures capacitance.) While I was in there, since it had been a problem in the past (elog 2811), I relflowed the solder on some of the resistors, especially near the output op amp. 

Anyhow, none of that may have been necessary.  All 6 of the Gur channels were examined on a 'scope, using clip doodles to measure the various Test Points on the circuit.  I looked at all of the TPs in Gur1Z, and I didn't find that any particular stage was any noisier than the others.  Also, all 6 of the Gur channels seemed totally fine in terms of sending a good signal to the output of the box, including Gur1Z which is currently under investigation.  All of the channels passed the "output looks ~20x the input" test, and for approximately equal thumping on the ground all 6 channels seemed to have similar amplitude outputs.  The Z channels on both channels one and channels two were a little bigger than the X's or Y's, but the 2 Z channels were about the same.  This test was done using Guralp2 and the Gur2 cable on both channels 1 and 2, and then checked with Guralp 1, using the Gur2 cable on channels 1.  The Vert1 channel always seemed good.

I now am suspicious of one or more of the cables: either the Gur1 cable from the seismometer to the box, or the Vert1 channel of the octopus cable.  I'm satisfied that the BNC cables running through the cable tray are okay (although it might not hurt to check that they all successfully send a sine wave...)  I opened up the backshell of the Gur1 cable, on the end that connects to the breakout box.  Nothing seemed amiss.  I still need to Beep the cable to check its connections, and look at the octopus cable. 

Recap / Current Status:  Breakout Box is reinstalled, both seismometers hooked up.  The Z channels on the seismometers are swapped at the ADC input. The dataviewer channels Gur1_X, Gur1_Y, Gur1_Z (which is actually Z of Gur2 seismometer) and Gur2_X, Gur2_Y are all good.  Nancy is going to leave the MC in a happy place, and note the time when she's done. Tomorrow I'll check out the cables for the Gur1Z seismometer channel. 

  3350   Mon Aug 2 21:52:57 2010 KojiUpdateIOOMC is running at the full power

[Nancy and Koji]

We restored the full power operation of the MC.

Restoration of the suspensions

  1. Found the suspension watch dogs are left turned off.
  2. Found c1susvme1/2 were not running.
  3. Launched the realtime processes on c1susvme1/2 and c1iscey
  4. Restored the watch dogs. The suspensions looked fine.

Preparations for the high power

  1. Put an ND2.0 before the MCT CCD. Confirmed the ND reflection is damped.
    MCT QPD is not necessary to be touched.

The high power operation of the MC / post lock adjustment

  1. Locked the MC under the autolocker being disabled.
  2. Adjusted the aperture on the MC2 face camera
  3. Adjusted the spot positions on the WFS QPDs
  4. Reverted the scripts to the high power ones
    (mcup / mcdown / autolockMCmain40m)
  5. Logged in to op340m and restarted autolockMCmain40m

The autolocker seems working correctly.

  3349   Mon Aug 2 18:02:46 2010 JenneUpdatePEMSeismometer Update: Still not good, but perhpas getting better

Today's seismometer diagnosis activities are still underway, this is just an update (since I did some reboots):

Problem 1: X and Z channels on both seismometers were flipped.  I unplugged an X cable (East/West on the cable labels) and the Z channel (vert) would go to floating ADC zero.  Rana suggested that the ADCs sometimes have random channel hopping, and that a reboot of the c0dcu1 computer which handles the PEM ADCU should fix this problem.  I keyed the c0dcu1 / c0daqawg crate, those computers came back just fine, and the channels were no longer flipped.  This is a good thing.  Although now it's actually the Z channels that were / are bad on both seismometers, not the X's.

While rebooting those computers, c1iovme, c1sosvme, c1susvme1 and c1susvme2 crashed.  I rebooted them, although for the first few power cycles c1susvme1&2 couldn't mount /cvs/cds/caltech.  Eventually they did, and life is good again.  Except that the seismometers are still funny.

  3348   Mon Aug 2 17:12:28 2010 KojiUpdateGeneralLab schedule for the week of Aug. 2

Aug

2 Mon - 5 Thu WFS work (Nancy)

2 Mon - 4 Wed

Jenne: Seismometer fix / Seismic measurements on the PSL table
TT characterization (with Koji)
Preparations ETM suspensions (optional: may be in later weeks)

Kiwamu: CDS test for SUS (may be involving Koji)

Alberto: RF system prep.

All: For 5th and 6th: PSL cabling works Koji

5 Thu PSL Table prep
6 Fri PSL Table prep / Likely to shut down the PSL

9 Mon PSL Table prep / shutting down of the PSL (optional)
10 Tue PSL box Frame lifting
12 Thu PSL table tapping

16 Mon - 17 Tue concrete pouring preparation
19 Thu - 23 Fri Tripod placement
24 Tue - 26 Thu concrete pouring

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  3347   Mon Aug 2 10:26:15 2010 steveConfigurationVACvery slow pumpdown completed

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Bob and Steve closed BS chamber with the help of the manual Genie lift and the pump down started. The PSL shutter was closed and manual block was placed in the beam path. High voltage power supplies were checked to be off.

Pumping speed ~ 1 Torr/min was achieved at  1/8 of a turn opened roughing valve RV1

 3 days pump down #69 completed. Thanks to Koji  and Kiwamu  who did more roughing on Saturday and Sunday.

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  3346   Sun Aug 1 21:40:27 2010 ranaSummaryPSLFSS: SLOWDC response

I bet you thought that the NPRO slow actuator response could be well represented by a pole at ~0.1 Hz? Well, that's just what they want you to believe.

I attach the response measured in FSS-FAST (with no feedback to the SLOW actuator) when the SLOW is given a step. As you may remember from

kindergarten, the response of a single pole low pass should just be an exponential. Clearly, there's more here than 1 pole.

 I also inserted a factor of 0.01 in the FSSSlowServo code so I could make the gain sliders have reasonable values (they used to all be ~1e-3). The SVN and the MEDM snapshot are updated.

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  3345   Sun Aug 1 21:04:45 2010 ranaSummaryComputer Scripts / ProgramsMC Autolocker fixed

Someone had left a typo in the MC autolocker script recently while trying to set the lock threshold to 0.09. As a result, the autlocker wouldn't run.

I repaired it, made a few readability improvements, and checked in the new version to the SVN. If you make script changes, check them in. If you think its too minor of a change for a SVN checkin, don't do it at all.

  3344   Sun Aug 1 18:50:35 2010 KojiUpdateVACP1 = 0.48 torr

I resumed the pumping today. Now the pressure is 0.48 torr. The pump was stopped.

Quote:

I resumed the pumping from 19:00.

Now the valve RV1 is full open. But the pumping is really slow as we are using only one RP.

After 3hrs of pumping, P1 reached 1.2mmtorr but still we need 2hrs of pumping...

I stopped pumping at 22:30.

 

  3343   Sat Jul 31 22:35:01 2010 KojiUpdateVACVac-P1 still 1.2mtorr

I resumed the pumping from 19:00.

Now the valve RV1 is full open. But the pumping is really slow as we are using only one RP.

After 3hrs of pumping, P1 reached 1.2mmtorr but still we need 2hrs of pumping...

I stopped pumping at 22:30.

  3342   Sat Jul 31 17:37:36 2010 josephbUpdateCDSCables needed for CDS test

Last Thursday, Kiwamu and I went through the cabling necessary for a full damping test of the vertex optics controled by the sus subsytem, i.e. BS, ITMX, ITMY, PRM, SRM.  The sus IO chassis is sitting in the middle of the 1X4 rack.  The c1sus computer is the top 1U computer in that rack.

ADCs:

The hardest part is placing the 2x D-sub connectors to scsi on the lemo break out boxes connected to the 110Bs.  The breakout boxes can be seen at the very top of the picture Kiwamu took here.  These will require a minor modification to the back panel to allow the scsi cable to get out.  There are two of these boxes in the new 1X5 rack.  These would be connected by scsi to the ADC adapters in the back of the sus IO chassis in 1X4.  The connectors are currently behind the new 1X5 rack (along with some spare ADCs/DACs/BOs.

There are 3 cables going from 40 IDC to 37 D-sub (the last 3 wires are not used and do not need to be connected, i.e. 38-40).  These plug into the blue and gold ADC adapter box, the top one shown here.  There is one spare connection which will remain unused for the moment.  The 40 IPC ends plug into the Optical Lever PD boxes in the upper right of the new 1X4 rack (as seen in the top picture here - the boards on the right). At the back of the blue and gold adapter box is a scsi adapter which goes to the back of the IO chassis and plugs into an ADC.

In the back of the IO chassis is a 4th ADC which can be left unconnected at this point.  It will eventually be plugged into the BNC breakout box for PEM signals over in the new 1X7 rack, but is unneeded for a sus test.

DACs:

There are 5 cables going from 3 SOS dewhite/anti-image boards and 2 LSC anti-image boards into 3 blue and gold DAC adapter boxes.  Currently they plug into the Pentek DACs at the bottom of the new 1X4 rack.  Ideally we should be able to simply unplug these from the Pentek DACs and plug them directly into the blue and gold adapter boxes.  However at the time we checked, it was unclear if they would reach.  So its possible new cables may need to be made (or 40 pin IDC extenders made). These boxes are then connected to the back of the IO chassis by SCSI cables.  One of the DAC outputs will be left unconnected for now.

Binary Output:

The Binary output adapter boxes are plugged into the IO chassis BO cards via D-sub 37 cables.  Note one has to go past the ADC/DAC adapter board in the back of IO chassis and plug directly into the Binary Output cards in the middle of the chassis.  The 50 pin IDC cables should be unplugged from XY220s and plugged into the BO adapter boxes.  It is unclear if these will reach.

Timing:

We have a short fiber cable (sitting on the top shelf of the new 1X3 rack) which we can plug into the master timing distribution (blue box located in the new 1X6 rack) and into the front of the SUS IO chassis.  It doesn't quite make it going through all the holes at the top of the racks and through the cabling trays, so I generally only plug it in for actual tests.

The IO chassis is already plugged into the c1sus chassis with an Infiniband cable.

 

So in Summary to plug everything in for a SUS test requires:

  • 6x SCSI cables (3 ADC, 3 DAC) (several near bottom of new 1X3 rack)
  • 4x 37 D-sub to 37 D-sub connector (end connectors can be found behind new 1X5/1X6 area with the IO chassis stuff - Need to be made) (4 BO)
  • 3x 40 IDC to 37 D-sub connectors (end connectors can be found behind new 1X5/1X6 area - Need to be made)(ADC)
  • 5x 64 pin ribbon to 40 IDC cable (already exist, unclear if they will reach) (DAC)
  • 8x 50 pin IDC ribbon (already exist, unclear if they will reach) (BO)
  • 1x Double fiber from timing master to timing card
  • 1x Infiniband cable (already plugged in)

Tomorrow, I will finish up a channel numbering plan I started with Kiwamu on Thursday and place it in the wiki and elog.  This is for knowing which ADC/DAC/BO channel numbers correspond to which signals.  Which ADCs/DACs/BOs the cables plug into matter for the actual control model, otherwise you'll be sending signals to the wrong destinations.

WARNING: The channel numbers on the front Binary Output blue and gold adapter boxes are labeled incorrectly.  Channels 1-16 are really in the middle, and 17-32 are on the left when looking at the front of the box.  The "To Binary IO Module" is correct.

  3341   Sat Jul 31 14:59:33 2010 kiwamuUpdateVACRe: How to stop and start slow pumpdown

I stopped the pumping at 14:50 pm because I was going back home. I did the same procedure as Koji wrote down (see here).

The P1 pressure reached 32 Torr.

Koji will take over the pumping shift tonight. 

  3340   Sat Jul 31 10:12:05 2010 kiwamuUpdateVACRe: How to stop and start slow pumpdown

I resumed the pumping down. It started from 9:55 am.

  3339   Sat Jul 31 04:03:11 2010 GopalSummaryOptic StacksComplete Displacement Translational Transfer Function Matrix

Over the past 36 hours, I've run full-fledged FDAs on KALLO.

The transfer functions for translational drives and responses are neatly described by the attached transfer function "matrix."

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Next steps:

1) Extend the 3x3 analysis to include tilts and rotations in a 6x6 analysis.

2) Figure out how to do the same types of tests for phase instead of displacement.

  3338   Fri Jul 30 22:07:42 2010 KojiHowToVACHow to stop and start slow pumpdown

Kiwamu and Koji

The rough pumping was stopped at 230mmTorr. We are going to resume the pumping tomorrow morning.

  • RV1 was closed with torque wheel.
  • V3 was closed from MEDM
  • RP3 wss stopped from MEDM
  • The quick coupling to RP3 was disconnected.

Quote:

    How to stop: 1, close RV1 by torque wheel  2, close V3 from MEDM screen  3, turn off RP3 roughing from MEDM screen  4, disconnect metal hose to oily pump

after butterfly valve. This KF-45 O-ring seal should be kept clean 5, place/close  45 mm cover blanks at the end of the hose and and on the 5" nipple. 

    How to start: 1, remove blanks from  hose and nipple 2, reconnect roughing pump hose to RV1 nipple  3, turn on PR3  4, open V3  5, open RV1 by wrench to ~3/8

6, fine tune RV1 opening to 1 Torr/min

ESSENTIAL: one operator has to be present when oilly roughing pump is connected to the vac. envelope

  3337   Fri Jul 30 19:20:15 2010 AlastairConfigurationGeneralJacket

Quote:

Jenne and I need our jackets. We removed them from the Rb clock.
Thanks for making them warm.
Probably a Scotland sweater would fit.

 Thanks for the loan guys.  I do have a lot of warm weather clothing at home that is not so necessary in the California climate.  I will find some suitable attire for the Rb clocks there.

  3336   Fri Jul 30 17:54:55 2010 steveHowToVACHow to stop and start slow pumpdown

Quote:

Bob and Steve closed BS chamber with the help of the manual Genie lift and the pump down started. The PSL shutter was closed and manual block was placed in the beam path. High voltage power supplies were checked to be off.

Pumping speed ~ 1 Torr/min was achieved at  1/8 of a turn opened roughing valve RV1

 We are at 370 Torr at 9 hrs of  pumping. RV1 is opened to ~ 3/8 turn orifice. We are using one roughing pump RP3  and butterfly valve is in place.

 

How to stop: 1, close RV1 by torque wheel  2, close V3 from MEDM screen  3, turn off RP3 roughing from MEDM screen  4, disconnect metal hose to oily pump

after butterfly valve. This KF-45 O-ring seal should be kept clean 5, place/close  45 mm cover blanks at the end of the hose and and on the 5" nipple.

 

How to start: 1, remove blanks from  hose and nipple 2, reconnect roughing pump hose to RV1 nipple  3, turn on PR3  4, open V3  5, open RV1 by wrench to ~3/8

6, fine tune RV1 opening to 1 Torr/min

 

ESSENTIAL: one operator has to be present when oilly roughing pump is connected to the vac. envelope

  3335   Fri Jul 30 17:52:12 2010 KojiConfigurationGeneralJacket

Jenne and I need our jackets. We removed them from the Rb clock.
Thanks for making them warm.
Probably a Scotland sweater would fit.

  3334   Fri Jul 30 17:24:22 2010 JenneUpdatePEMGuralps back in the 40m

I brought the GUR2 seismometer back from Bridge so I can get some more MC/Seismic data during the next week while we're pumped down, before we start doing things to the PSL table.  Both of the Gur Seismometers are connected back up to the breakout box as of ~3:27pm today.  Alastair still has the handheld controller thing (which I use for mass centering, on occasion), since he'll want the seismometer back in a week or two when I'm done with it.

 

Something is wrong with both X channels of the Guralps.  Alastair claimed that he and Frank didn't do anything bad when they opened up the breakout box, but I am suspicious. 

 

While I'm at it, a reminder that Jan and his SURF student Greg still have the Ranger, disassembled over in Bridge.  They made a note in their elog, but not in the 40m elog when they took it back again.

Whenever you're done with the Mode Cleaner for the next week, please make sure it is locked, nicely aligned and happy before you leave.  Also please make a note of what you're doing and when, so that I know what is good data and what is data with unusual conditions.

In other, semi-bad news (but already recovered from), when I was finishing putting the Guralp Breakout Box back in the rack, I bumped the power strip that is on the top back side of the rack, near the corner that the door opens on (not the corner the door hinges on).  I turned the power strip back on, and I think everything that is connected to it came back okay.  Anyhow, my bad. Sorry. 

  3333   Fri Jul 30 14:53:09 2010 steveUpdateGeneralPSL table leg upgrade

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July
29 Thu BS chamber work: Move cable towers / green steering mirrors / (2 TTs with TT charactrization) / Put the heavy door by 5PM.
30 Fri Pumping down
31 Sat WFS work by Nancy

Aug
1 Sun - 5 Thu WFS work by Nancy
5 Thu PSL Table prep
6 Fri PSL Table prep / Likely to shut down the PSL

9 Mon PSL Table prep / shutting down of the PSL (optional)
10 Tue PSL box Frame lifting
12 Thu PSL table tapping

16 Mon - 17 Tue concrete pouring preparation
19 Thu - 23 Fri Tripod placement
24 Tue - 26 Thu concrete pouring

The PSL table height will be raised to the level of the AP table. This will be done using 6 TMC's Rigid Damped Tripod legs. Their planed positions shown below.

The legs will be grouted to the floor with concrete.

 http://www.techmfg.com/products/floorplatforms/rigiddampedtripod.htm

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  3332   Fri Jul 30 12:46:38 2010 KojiConfiguration40m UpgradingBS chamber status
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  3331   Fri Jul 30 09:55:34 2010 steveConfigurationVACslow pumpdown has started

Bob and Steve closed BS chamber with the help of the manual Genie lift and the pump down started. The PSL shutter was closed and manual block was placed in the beam path. High voltage power supplies were checked to be off.

Pumping speed ~ 1 Torr/min was achieved at  1/8 of a turn opened roughing valve RV1

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  3330   Fri Jul 30 09:51:58 2010 kiwamuUpdateGreen LockingRe: waist positon of Gaussian beam in PPKTP crystals

Okay, I guess I understand what you want to know. I did the following steps.

1. calculated the conversion efficiency as a function of the waist size. I found w~50um was the optimum waist.

  Note: the confocal relation Zr = pi * wo^2/(lamba/n) = L/2  gives us almost the same optimum waist. 

elog #2735

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  2.  Did mode matching to get w=50um

elog #2959

elog #3188

PPKTPmode.png

PSL_doubling.png

  3. calculated the offset

elog #2850

mode_in_PPKTP.png 

 4. Moved the ovens

 

Quote:

I thought we cared about satisfying the confocal focusing parameter, that is to say we want to set Zr = 2L_crystal. If Zr changes inside the crystal, this is the number we care about..isn't it NOT the waist size, but the rayleigh range we care about? I am not entirely sure what youre response is saying you did...

  1. Calculate Zr = pi * wo^2/(lamba/n)
  2. Do mode matching to get this wo in free space
  3. Calculate the offset you need to move the oven by using n
  4. Move hte ovens

OR

  1. Calculate Zr = pi*wo^2/(lamba)
  2. Do mode matching to get this in free space
  3. Calculate the offset you need to move your ovens using n
  4. Move your ovens

I guess the waist size would also let me know - are you using 69 um or 53 um waist size?

 

  3329   Fri Jul 30 02:54:04 2010 KojiUpdate40m UpgradingMore optics installed on the BS table

July 29 Thu [Steve, Alberto, Kiwamu, Koji]

We placed some optics in the BS chamber.
The chambers are ready to be pumped down on Friday once the heavy door is placed.

- Clean room work

  • Engraved two Y2 mirrors and PBS@532nm
  • Engraved three DLC mounts
  • Each of the mounts needs a 3.5 inch post. We found there is no stock of the post in the lab! Also the clamps!
  • Took the posts from the temporarily removed optics although we need to return those optics into the table during the next vent.
  • We should count the # of the mounts and count the needed posts. Posts and clamps can be either a DLC thick post or New Focus pedestal.

- In the chamber

  • The terminal holder was moved as Alberto described
  • The green steering optics were placed as Alberto described
  • Note: the PBS is flipped in the mount (reflection side is back side)
  • The table leveling
  • Releasing EQ stops / Check OSEMs / Adjust OSEMs (BS OSEMs are untouched)

- After closing the chamber

  • The BS OSEM mumbo-jumbo

Quote:

[Koji, Steve, Kiwamu, Alberto]

- This afternoon we installed a few new optics on the BS table: GR_PBS, GRY_SM2, GRY_SM1.

- We pulled up the cables so that we had more freedom to move one of the cable towers farther South.

- Then we re-leveled the table. PRM OSEMs were adjusted to be nominal insertions.

- Koji released the earthquake stops on BS but the readout of the OSEMs was apparently frozen on the MEDM screens.
Initially we thought it was a software problem. a nuclear reboot didn't solve it. We spent the following three hours investigating the cause.
Eventually it turned out that the earthquake stops on BS weren't actually fully released.

We opened the tank and accessed to BS. Releasing the earthquake stops in full solved the issue. The OSEMs readout went back to normal.

 

  3328   Fri Jul 30 00:02:15 2010 DmassUpdateGreen Lockingwaist positon of Gaussian beam in PPKTP crystals

Quote:

- As you said, I just calculated the waist position in the crystal because the speed of light changes in a medium and eventually the waist position also changes.

- Yes, I did. Once you get a beam with the right waist size, you just put your crystal at the waist position with the offset.

  In fact you don't have to think about the rayleigh range inside of the crystal because what we care is the waist size and it doesn't change.

Quote:

 If I understand your elog, you are just calculating the the offset in position space that you get by having a refractive index.

Did you end up changing the mode matching so that the rayleigh range (which changes with refractive index) was confocally focused inside the crystal (e.g. Zr = 15 mm?

 I thought we cared about satisfying the confocal focusing parameter, that is to say we want to set Zr = 2L_crystal. If Zr changes inside the crystal, this is the number we care about..isn't it NOT the waist size, but the rayleigh range we care about? I am not entirely sure what youre response is saying you did...

  1. Calculate Zr = pi * wo^2/(lamba/n)
  2. Do mode matching to get this wo in free space
  3. Calculate the offset you need to move the oven by using n
  4. Move hte ovens

OR

  1. Calculate Zr = pi*wo^2/(lamba)
  2. Do mode matching to get this in free space
  3. Calculate the offset you need to move your ovens using n
  4. Move your ovens

I guess the waist size would also let me know - are you using 69 um or 53 um waist size?

  3327   Thu Jul 29 22:58:25 2010 kiwamuUpdateGreen Lockingwaist positon of Gaussian beam in PPKTP crystals

- As you said, I just calculated the waist position in the crystal because the speed of light changes in a medium and eventually the waist position also changes.

- Yes, I did. Once you get a beam with the right waist size, you just put your crystal at the waist position with the offset.

  In fact you don't have to think about the rayleigh range inside of the crystal because what we care is the waist size and it doesn't change.

Quote:

 If I understand your elog, you are just calculating the the offset in position space that you get by having a refractive index.

Did you end up changing the mode matching so that the rayleigh range (which changes with refractive index) was confocally focused inside the crystal (e.g. Zr = 15 mm?

  3326   Thu Jul 29 22:08:32 2010 AlbertoUpdateSUSMore optics installed on the BS table

[Koji, Steve, Kiwamu, Alberto]

- This afternoon we installed a few new optics on the BS table: GR_PBS, GRY_SM2, GRY_SM1.

- We pulled up the cables so that we had more freedom to move one of the cable towers farther South.

- Then we re-leveled the table. PRM OSEMs were adjusted to be nominal insertions.

- Koji released the earthquake stops on BS but the readout of the OSEMs was apparently frozen on the MEDM screens.
Initially we thought it was a software problem. a nuclear reboot didn't solve it. We spent the following three hours investigating the cause.
Eventually it turned out that the earthquake stops on BS weren't actually fully released.

We opened the tank and accessed to BS. Releasing the earthquake stops in full solved the issue. The OSEMs readout went back to normal.

  3325   Thu Jul 29 21:13:39 2010 DmassUpdateGreen Lockingwaist positon of Gaussian beam in PPKTP crystals

Quote:

The mode profile of Gaussian beams in our PPKTP crystals was calculated.

I confirmed that the Rayleigh range of the incoming beam (1064 nm) and that of the outgoing beam (532 nm) is the same.

And it turned out that the waist postion for the incoming beam and the outgoing beam should be different by 13.4 mm toward the direction of propagation.

These facts will help us making optical layouts precisely for our green locking.


(detail)

The result is shown in the attached figure, which is essentially the same as the previous one (see the entry).

The horizontal axis is the length of the propagation direction, the vertical axis is the waist size of Gaussian beams.

Here I put x=0 as the entering surface of the crystal, and x=30 mm as the other surface.

The red and green solid curve represent the incoming beam and the outgoing beam respectively. They are supposed to  propagate in free space.

And the dashed curve represents the beams inside the crystal.

A trick in this calculation is that: we can assume that  the waist size of 532 nm is equal to that of 1064 nm divided by sqrt(2) . 

If you want to know about this treatment in detail,  you can find some descriptions in this paper;

"Third-harmonic generation by use of focused Gaussian beams in an optical super lattice" J.Opt.Soc.Am.B 20,360 (2003)"

If I understand your elog, you are just calculating the the offset in position space that you get by having a refractive index.

Did you end up changing the mode matching so that the rayleigh range (which changes with refractive index) was confocally focused inside the crystal (e.g. Zr = 15 mm?

 

  3324   Thu Jul 29 20:43:32 2010 GopalSummaryOptic StacksModeling Tips and Tilts

I have discovered a method of completely characterizing the 6x6 response of all six types (x-,y-, and z- translational/rotational) of oscillatory disturbances at the base of the stack.

  • "Tipping" drives are trivial, and simply require a face load in the appropriate direction.
  • "Tilting" drives could use a torque, but I am instead implementing multiple edge loads in opposing directions to create the appropriate net curl. This curl will be kept constant across the three axes for sake of comparing the resulting transfer functions.
  • "Tipping" responses are once again trivial, and merely require the displacement vector of the top center coordinate to be recorded.
  • "Tilting" responses require the normal vector to be recorded and manipulated to produce the angular coordinates (assuming right-handed coordinate system):
    • θx = tan-1(x/z)
    • θy = tan-1(y/z)
    • θz = tan-1(y/x)

The first three concepts have been confirmed through simulations to produce correct transfer functions. The last test seems to be producing some problems, in that the vector normal to the equilibrium position (an obvious and useless piece of information) is sometimes given instead of the vector normal to the position of maximum displacement. This means that, as of now, I have the capability of measure the half of the complete 6x6 matrix of transfer functions in the coming weeks. The first three of eighteen transfer functions are attached below and will be included in my progress report.

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  3323   Thu Jul 29 17:12:48 2010 josephb, kiwamuUpdateCDSRe:Working out ADC/DAC/BO wiring

We have installed  4 BO boards, 3 DAC boards and 1 ADC board for new C1SUS.

They are on the 1Y5 rack. 

 

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  3322   Thu Jul 29 17:11:16 2010 GopalUpdateCOMSOL TipsIncluding Gravity in COMSOL

[Gopal, Jan]

For the past couple of days, Jan and I have been discussing a major issue in COMSOL involving modeling both oscillatory and non-oscillatory forces simultaneously while using FDA. It turns out that he and I had run into the same problem at different times and with different projects. After discussing with an expert, Jan had decided in the past that this simple task was impossible via direct means.

The issue could still be resolved if there was a way for us to work on the Weak Form of the differential equations describing the system:

  • Usually, one must define weight as a body load in the negative-z direction. However, this problematically instantiates a new force in COMSOL, which is automatically driven over the range of frequencies during FDA.
  • Instead, we could define gravity as an anti-restoring force, since we assume that the base of the stack is fixed.
  • In other words, Fg = (ρ*g/L)*x + (ρ*g/L)*y for a point mass which is constrained on the bottom (for small angles).
  • Working in Weak Form then, we'd never have to define an explicit gravity load-- this could just be an extra couple of terms in the differential equation which are related entirely to the x- and y-vectors (well-defined for each mesh point). This would fool COMSOL into never tacking on the oscillatory term during FDA. 

According to current documentation however, Weak Form analysis is not yet possible in COMSOL 4.0. Jan suggested moving my work over to ANSYS or waiting for the 4.0 upgrade, but there's probably not enough time left in my SURF for either of these options. I suggested attempting a backwards-compatibility test to COMSOL 3.5; Jan and I will be exploring this option some time next week. 

  3321   Thu Jul 29 15:35:21 2010 josephb, kiwamuUpdateCDSWorking out ADC/DAC/BO wiring

We are currently using the SUS wiring diagram found on Ben Abbott's page (link here) to determine the ADC/DAC/BO channel numbers for each individual optics inputs and outputs.  Basically it involves tracking the paths back from the Pentek's, XY220, and IC110Bs to a point where we can identify it as a Coil UL or a PD whitening filter control or whatever it might be.

Once done we will have a nice wiki page describing what the final wiring is going to be, along with which ADC effectively plugs into which analog board and so forth.

  3319   Thu Jul 29 12:31:24 2010 josephbUpdateCDSWorking DAC, working IOP - next up SUS

Ok, after a few minutes of talking to Alex, I got the correct "GUI syntax" through my head, and we now have a simple working green end control which in fact puts signals out through the DAC.

Note to self, do not put any additional filters or controls in the IOP module.  Basically just change the master block with GDS numbers, DCU_ID numbers, etc.  When using a control model, copy the approriate ADC and ADC selector or DAC to the control model.  It will magically be connected to the IOP.

A correct example of a simple control model is attached.

Next in line is to get the adapter boxes for SUS into the new 1X5 rack and get started on SUS filter conversion and figuring out which ADC/DAC channels correspond to which inputs.

 

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  3318   Thu Jul 29 12:31:09 2010 KojiSummaryGeneralLab Schedule

July
29 Thu BS chamber work: Move cable towers / green steering mirrors / (2 TTs with TT charactrization) / Put the heavy door by 5PM.
30 Fri Pumping down
31 Sat WFS work by Nancy

Aug
1 Sun - 5 Thu WFS work by Nancy
5 Thu PSL Table prep
6 Fri PSL Table prep / Likely to shut down the PSL

9 Mon PSL Table prep / shutting down of the PSL (optional)
10 Tue PSL box Frame lifting
12 Thu PSL table tapping

16 Mon - 17 Tue concrete pouring preparation
19 Thu - 23 Fri Tripod placement
24 Tue - 26 Thu concrete pouring

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  3317   Thu Jul 29 12:13:28 2010 kiwamuSummaryCDSnear term plan

 [Joe and Kiwamu]

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  3316   Thu Jul 29 11:33:38 2010 kiwamuUpdateCDSPCI5565 driver for RFM

 Yesterday I installed a PCI-5565 driver on new C1SUS in order to test the RFM.

Since the RFM on the new CDS is not working, we had to test it by using some softwares.

I installed a driver for PCI-5565 on C1SUS and ran a test script wich is one of the packaged test scripts in the driver.

So far the RFM card on C1SUS looked correctly mounted, but I didn't check the memory location and the sending/ receiving functions.

This test will continue sometime on August because right now the RFM test is not higher priority.

 


Some notes:

Driver package

      Alex suggested to use a driver package for PIC-5565 called "RFM2g Linux 32/64-bit PCIE/PCI/PMC driver for x86 kernels R7.03" , which is available on  this web site.

And the package contains some useful test scripts which exactly we want to run for RFM test.

 

Installation and test script

      I downloaded the driver and put it on C1SUS.  

After doing usual "unzip", "tar" and "make" things, I ran one of the test script called "rfm2g_util".

Currently it lives under /home/controls/Desktop/162-RFM2G-DRV-LNX-R07_03-000/rfm2g/diags/rfm2g_util on C1SUS.

It invokes an interactive shell and firstly it asks the mount point of the RFM card.

I eventually found the card was mounted on #1 which means the card is correctly mounted.

 

Some detail procedures will be summarized on the wiki later.

  3315   Thu Jul 29 10:39:43 2010 kiwamuUpdateSUSRe: installation of in-vac optics

I updated the last entry about the in-vac work (see here)

  3314   Wed Jul 28 18:24:57 2010 JenneUpdateGreen Locking2 Green Periscopes have mirrors, aligned

[Koji, Jenne, Kiwamu]

This is to describe the work that went on in the Cleanroom today.  Kiwamu's entry will detail the tidbits that happened in the chamber.

We engraved the periscope mounts with the mirror info for the mirrors which were placed in the periscope.  We also engraved the barrels of the optics with their info, for posterity.  Koji carefully put the mirrors into the periscopes.  Since we have wedged optics, the goal was to have the front HR surface of the mirror parallel to the plane of the mount, and leave a bit of space behind one side of the optic (if we just pushed the optic fully in, the HR surface wouldn't be flat, and would send the beam off to the left or right somewhere).  Once the mirrors were mounted in the periscopes, we checked the vertical levelness of the outcoming beam.  For the first periscope (the one which has been installed on the BS table), the beam was deflected upward (2.5)/32 inches over 55inches.  This corresponds to a 1.4mRad vertical deflection.  The second periscope (which will eventually be installed on the OMC table) had a deflection of 1/32 over 55inches, or 0.6mRad.  We did not check the side-to-side deflection for either of the periscopes.

We also engraved one more DLC mount with mirror info, and put a mirror into the mount.  This is one of the optics that was placed onto the BS table today, which Kiwamu will describe.

We removed TT#3 from the BS chamber so that it could have rubber vertical dampers installed, and be characterized.  For future reference, the #'s of the Tip Tilts refers to the serial number of the suspension block piece, which forms the top horizontal bar of the frame. 

  3313   Wed Jul 28 17:32:37 2010 kiwamuUpdateSUSinstallation of in-vac optics

[Jenne, Koji and Kiwamu]

We have installed two steering mirrors and the green periscope.

Also we took the tip-tilt out from the chamber for characterization.


1. installed two steering mirrors

     - We installed IPPOSSM2 and IPPOSSM3.

    - Because IPPOSSM2 is a new 0 deg mirror so we newly engraved "Y1-LW1-2037-1064-0-AR" on the mount and deleted  the previous enegravement.

      For the 0 deg mirror itself, it had already been engraved by Koji. The wedge was horizontally aligned.

      Now IPPOSSM2 is off from the right place by 5 inch for convenience because it may touch our stomachs when we try to lean further into the chamber.

    - IPPOSSM3 is a 45 deg mirror which used to be in the chamber and had been already correctly engraved, so we didn't have to newly engrave on it. Now it's on the right place approximately.

 2. put three oplev mirrors

      - Two of them are approximately on the place, but one which is going to be on the center of the table is not on the place because there is a cable distributer sitting exactly there.

 3. installed the green periscope

      - Both the mirrors and the periscope were correctly engraved.

     - Now it's sitting on the right place approximately.

 4. removed the tip-tilt 

      -  This tip-tilt is now in the clean room and the mechanical mode will be characterized. 

 


 The next things to be done

* Cross-coupling evaluation of the PRM OSEMs

* Rearrangement of the cable distributer panel.

   - In order to do this we have to pull its cables which are attached to the stack.

* Installation of three green steering mirrors

   - All of them need to be engraved.

* Installation of two tip-tilt

  - One for the SRC and the other for the PRC

  3312   Wed Jul 28 16:42:21 2010 steveUpdateGeneralCrane gear box cheched

Quote:

Quote:

The guy from KroneCrane (sp?) came today and started the crane inspection on the X End Crane. There were issues with our crane so he's going to resume on Monday. We turned off the MOPA fur the duration of the inspection.

  1. None of our cranes have oil in the gearbox and it seems that they never did since they have never been maintained. Sloppy installation job. The crane oiling guy is going to come in on Monday.
  2. They tried to test the X-End crane with 2500 lbs. (its a 1 ton crane). This tripped the thermal overload on the crane as intended with this test. Unfortunately, the thermal overload switch disabled the 'goes down' circuit instead of the 'goes up' circuit as it should. We double checked the wiring diagram to confirm our hypothesis. Seems the X-End crane was wired up incorrectly in the first place 16 years ago. We'll have to get this fixed.

The plan is that they will bring enough weight to test it at slightly over the rating (1 Ton + 10 %) and we'll retry the certification after the oiling on Monday.

 The south end crane has one more flaw. The wall cantilever is imbalanced: meaning it wants to rotate south ward, because its axis is off.

This effects the rope winding on the drum as it is shown on Atm2

Atm1 is showing Jay Swar of KoneCrane and the two 1250 lbs load that was used for the test. Overloading the crane at 125% is general practice at load testing.

It was good to see that the load brakes were working well at 2500 lbs. Finally we found a good service company! and thanks for Rana and Alberto

for coming in on Saturday.

 Jeff Stinson, technician of KoneCrane inspected the south end crane hoist gear box. This was the one that was really low on oil. The full condition require

~ 950cc of EPX-7 (50-70W) high viscosity gear oil. The remaining 120 cc oil was drained and the gear box cover was removed. See Atm 1

He found the gear box, load brake and gearing in good condition. The slow periodic sound of the drive was explained by the split bearings at Atm 3

The Vertex and the east end crane gear boxes needed only 60 cc oil to be added to each Atm 4 and their drives were tested.

Conclusion: all 3 gear boxes and drives are in good working condition.

Tomorrow's plan: load test at 1 ton and correct-check  3 phase wiring.

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  3311   Wed Jul 28 14:54:56 2010 steveUpdateSAFETYevacuation drill at the 40m

Head count at the evacuation drill today. I checked  alarms and flashers  at room 104,102,101, 103, 105 and 107. They were really loud and bright. 

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  3310   Wed Jul 28 14:34:29 2010 channaUpdateComputersinstallation on allegra

I have done the following on allegra and rosalba:

[root@allegra caltech]# yum install glade2

On rosalba the matplotlib was out of date with respect to allegra.  I have no idea how the version 0.98 on allegra got there, but I left it.  However I updated rosalba to the epel version

  1 yum remove python-numpy
  2 yum install python-matplotlib numpy scipy --enablerepo=epel --disablerepo=rpmforge

 

This is all to support the LIGO data listener which now has a shortcut on rosalba and allegra's desktop.  It seems to work for (live mode) right now.
 

 

  3309   Wed Jul 28 13:06:47 2010 RazibUpdatePhase Camera 

Attached are some calculation that I did previously for the phasecamera setup. This shows the nature of the beat signal that we are measuring.

I am also trying to characterize the noise source of the camera also. Following images shows the mean dark noise (with no light on the camera) and the standard deviation for 100 snaps at an exposure time of 500 µs.

mean_100_snaps.pngstd_100_snaps.png

My target now is to measure the response gain of each pixel and how they vary over intensity. I already have a simplified setup on the table and will work on it today. Details will follow at the end of the day.

Attachment 3: phase_cam_calc.pdf
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  3308   Wed Jul 28 12:53:32 2010 channaUpdateComputersnds data listener

For the sake of writing it down: /cvs/cds/caltech/apps/linux64/rockNDS

  3307   Wed Jul 28 12:31:00 2010 GopalUpdateWIKI-40M Update7.21.10-7.28.10 Weekly Update

Summary of this week's activities:

7/21: Frequency Domain Analysis of rectangular bar; discussed with Koji how to convert complex eigenfrequencies into phase factors.

7/23: Created Wiki page about FDA; Journal Club

7/26: Recreated Stack_1234.mph due to boundary value issues; FDA for 1,2,3,4,5 Hz

7/27: Discovered MC2 logbooks for later design; ran the complete x-translational FDA for Stack_1234.mph

7/28: Finished y-translational FDA (posted previously); "Tapered Cantilever" COMSOL tutorial for gravity-load analysis.

  3306   Wed Jul 28 12:16:03 2010 GopalUpdateSEIBode Magnitude Plot and Concerns

Quote:

1) Gravity has to be included because the inverted pendulum effect changes the resonant frequencies. The deflection from gravity is tiny but the change in the dynamics is not. The results are not accurate without it. The z-direction probably is unaffected by gravity, but the tilt modes really feel it.

2) You should try a better meshing. Right now COMSOL is calculating a lot of strain/stress in the steel plates. For our purposes, we can imagine that the steel is infinitely stiff. There are options in COMSOL to change the meshing density in the different materials - as we can see from your previous plots, all the action is in the rubber.

3) I don't think the mesh density directly limits the upper measurement frequency. When you redo the swept-sine using the matlab scripting, use a logarithmic frequency grid like we usually do for the Bode plots. The measurement axis should go from 0.1 - 30 Hz and have ~100 points.

In any case, the whole thing looks promising: we've got real solid models and we're on the merge of being able to duplicate numerically the Dugolini-Vass-Weinstein measurements.

I made some progress on a couple issues:

1) I figured out how to create log-transfer function plots directly in COMSOL, which eliminates the hassle of toggling between programs.

2) Instead of plotting maximum displacement, which could lead to inconsistencies, I've started using point displacement, standardizing to the center of the top surface.

3) I discovered that the displacement can be measured as a field vector, so the minor couplings between each translational direction (due to the asymmetry in the original designs) can be easily ignored. 

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