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Entry  Fri Jan 7 14:54:58 2022, Stephen, DailyProgress, Cryo vacuum chamber, Fastest Radiative Cooling run started 14 Jan 
    Reply  Tue Jan 18 16:11:35 2022, Stephen, DailyProgress, Cryo vacuum chamber, Status of Fastest Radiative Cooling run started 14 Jan 5w_input_qil_cryostat_20220119.png5w_input_121_to_145_hours_qil_cryostat_20220124.png
Message ID: 2708     Entry time: Tue Jan 18 16:11:35 2022     In reply to: 2706
Author: Stephen 
Type: DailyProgress 
Category: Cryo vacuum chamber 
Subject: Status of Fastest Radiative Cooling run started 14 Jan 

I ended the first cooldown of the run at 12:49 today, approximately 92 hours after it had started. Workpiece temperature was 100 K - more data and model fitting will reveal more insights on the results.

I started a 5 W injection through the heater (dog-clamped to baseplate with indium gasket), which I intend to leave running until steady state temperature is reached, at least overnight. This power level will not present a risk to the system, so I feel comfortable with this static power input even though it is not interlocked.

Update after 25 hours [ATTACHMENT 1]

The 5 W heating of the shields has not quite leveled off yet, and the workpiece temperature resumed falling, showing the temperature had not yet reached a steady state. I will leave 5 W on until I see a steady state, then I will plan to turn off 5 W and allow the workpiece trend to level off fully. Summary:

  • with no heater input, after 90+ hours the workpiece was slowly cooling at a rate of ~ 1 K per 6 hours, and the inner shield temperature was stable at about 76 K.
  • with 5W heater input, after about 25 hours the workpiece is (still) slowly cooling at a rate of ~ 1 K per 18 hours, and the inner shield temperature is about 88 K and slowly rising about 0.1 K per 7 hours

See attachment 1 for data viewer screenshot which reflects the above summary.

Update after 145 hours [ATTACHMENT 2]

Continued injecting 5 W for the whole weekend. Over the last 24 hours, the workpiece temperature seems to have leveled off into a new cooling rate, while both shields alternated between heating and cooling. I think this can be described as a steady-enough state that I'm ending the cooldown.

Now, I'll let the chamber come up to temperature with the help of the 5 W load.

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