26 September 2017 Fielding the LANL Gas Cherenkov Detector (GCD-3) at the National Ignition Facility: The engineering challenges of designing, analyzing, fabricating, testing, and commissioning the next-generation GCD detector and WellDIM3.9m insertion manipulator for use at NIF
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Fielding the LANL third-generation Gas Cherenkov Detector (GCD-3) at the National Ignition Facility (NIF) revealed an array of complex engineering challenges. Fielding the GCD-3 Detector in a 3.9 meter re-entrant Well on the NIF Target Chamber required the development of a specialized detector deployment system named the WellDIM3.9m Diagnostic Manipulator (WellDIM). The most stringent design requirement entailed a no-load/no-contact condition with the Well, which dictated that all seismic loads be transferred to the Target Chamber port flange. The WellDIM transports the GCD-3 into the Well at a distance of 3.9m from Target Chamber Center. The GCD-3 Detector, outfitted with additional shielding to mitigate higher NIF backgrounds, will serve as a prototype for the future, heavily shielded “Super-GCD”.
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Frank E. Lopez, Hans W. Herrmann, Ramon J. Leeper, Steve H. Batha, John A. Oertel, Jeffrey R. Griego, Brian C. Steinfeld, Paul J. Polk, Lynne A. Goodwin, Valerie E. Fatherley, Thomas N. Archuleta, Robert J. Aragonez, Benjamin J. Pederson, John R. Celeste, Robin L. Hibbard, Arthur C. Carpenter, Jose E. Hernandez, Jorge A. Carrera, Hesham Y. Khater, Eric L. Downing, Nicholas L. St. Hilaire, Shiva Sitaraman, "Fielding the LANL Gas Cherenkov Detector (GCD-3) at the National Ignition Facility: The engineering challenges of designing, analyzing, fabricating, testing, and commissioning the next-generation GCD detector and WellDIM3.9m insertion manipulator for use at NIF", Proc. SPIE 10390, Target Diagnostics Physics and Engineering for Inertial Confinement Fusion VI, 103900G (26 September 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2277239; http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/12.2277239
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