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Pohlman, Nicholas A.

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M.S. (Master of Science)

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Department of Mechanical Engineering


The Proton Improvement Project II, commonly referred to as PIP II, is a linear accelerator overhaul at Fermilab to eventually double the output of its existing proton beam to continue to be the leading force in high energy physics. The proton beam is created through a series of high frequency cryomodules that must be connected utilizing a combination of magnets and vacuum pumps to ensure the beam is properly aligned. A housing mechanism for the magnets and vacuum pumps (Warm Units) will be placed between the cryomodules for realignment and require multiple stages of 6 degree-of-freedom adjustment options, to ensure that the beam alignment can fit all realistic requirements. Extensive testing and design modifications on the Warm Unit stand was completed to confirm not only the strength of the unit in nominal configuration, but also at each possible adjustment orientation for each 6 degree-of-freedom option. Structural analysis was also completed for various unique loading conditions including transportation loading and confirming the unit satisfies international building code. Simultaneously, testing and design modifications were done to confirm that the frequency modes of the system resided outside of concern ranges, which is determined by Fermilab safety codes and is set to exceed 15 Hz. Design changes that simultaneously stiffen the system to raise the lowest frequency modes while expanding access for technicians and allow for easier fabrication were developed and implemented into the Warm Unit stand. Various relationships between the design changes and the overall vibrational patterns were also developed for future use and study as the rest of PIP II matures.


89 pages




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