BRDs with the version 4 of the blades have been tested on stand-alone version and in the BS suspension during the summer. Here is a summary of our findings with the references to the corresponding elogs.
Drifts measured on two BRDs before baking over 20 and 40 days (elog 186). The variation of the resonance frequencies are reported in the table below:
Time lapse dt [days]
Drift df [Hz]
Drift df [%]
Drift Rate [mHz/day]
Drift Rate [%/day]
On the dummy BS suspension:
1 - Resonance frequencies
The two BRDs were installed on the dummy BS for a month. Unfortunately we are missing some of the measurements because some data got corrupted (see spreadsheet attached). Therefore the analysis is only performed over 16 days (8 days) for the bounce (roll) mode.
For each mode (bounce and roll), two peaks are observed around the resonance where we expected to resolve three peaks. The three peaks would be the main BS resonance as well as one peak per BRD. We might need to increase the scan resolution (see figure 2 and 3).
The frequency of the peaks do not match the frequency of the BRDs measured alone. The frequency of the minima in between the resonance peaks is close to the resonance frequency of the BS for respectively the bounce and the roll modes. The shift in the BS resonance frequency due to the added mass is negligible.
We observed a steady drift of the resonance frequencies over time. The frequencies are increasing by few hundreds of ppm per day, see below and figures 4 and 5.
Summary of BS Bounce frequencies
Initial mistuning [%]
Final mistuning [%]
We are observing a change of 0.2% in the resonance frequency over the 16 days. This is above the requirements that we set at 0.1% tuning. We didn’t observe a stabilization in the drift.
Summary of BS Roll frequencies
We are observing a change of 0.1% in the resonance frequency over the 8 days. We didn’t observe a stabilization in the drift, so this is likely to exceed our requirements.
When remeasured stand-alone after being uninstalled from the BS suspension, we established that the BRDs frequencies drifted of about 0.5% after being for a month on the suspension (elog 203).
2 - Q factor
The resonance amplitudes, corresponding to the quality factor of the modes, fluctuate over time without a distinguishable pattern. However, it seems that for each mode the two resonances vary together, in particular for the roll modes.
The mean of the bounce mode Q is 140 (168) for the 16.66 Hz (16.69 Hz) resonance. The mean of the bounce mode Q is 115 (152) for the 24 Hz (24.5 Hz) resonance. Q are lower than expected according to the model (we expected Q~200).
We observed a steady drift of the resonance frequencies of the BRDs over time, when stand alone or on the dummy BS. The frequencies are increasing by few hundreds of ppm per day. We see a stabilization in the drifts after about a month in the lab. The drift is slightly lower when the BRDs are mounted on the BS suspension compared to the stand alone BRDs in the lab. This could confirm that the excitation measurements cause some of the drift and we need to revise the method. We have no evidence that the baking process reduces the frequency drifts.
The measurements of the quality factor shows that the peaks may not be quite resolved, and that we are underestimating the Qs of the modes on the suspension. However, the value of the Qs in the stand-alone measurements is already promising.