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Message ID: 2599     Entry time: Tue Jul 6 18:07:20 2021
Author: Radhika 
Type: DailyProgress 
Category: Cryo vacuum chamber 
Subject: Cooldown 7/1-7/6 

I've attached cooldown data from 7/1-7/4, which was extracted via ethernet from the CTC100. Initially I was having issues getting the curves smooth; the data seemed very choppy and I assumed it was a device or ethernet issue. Turns out the csv file outputted by my script would cast all floats to integers if I opened it and saved, which was very strange. I'm still not sure why this happens, but my workaround is to not edit the csv at all after it is outputted.

The workpiece temperature stabilized at ~65.8 K, just below 66 K (last cooldown). This makes sense given the few minor tweaks we made in between (removed shorting Al foil, adjusted mylar / peek sheet insulation). The time constant is also consistent (~36.4 hrs). 

Unfortunately the RTD on the cold head appears to have detached yet again. It seems to have happened around the same time as the last cooldown. Stephen suggested replacing the current varnish bonding with a spring clamp, like what holds the workpiece RTD in place. 

I switched off the cryo cooler at 12pm today (Tue), so the chamber should be ready for venting Thursday or Friday. The tentative agenda is to add the spring clamp to secure the cold head RTD and cool down again (we will discuss any additional tweaks). I think I have an idea of why the current model predicts a much smaller time constant than we are seeing - I plan to work on this more this week. Hopefully once the cold head RTD stays fixed for an entire cooldown, this data can help tweak the model as well.

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