27 July 2016 Glycol leak detection system
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MonoEthylene glycol coolant is used extensively on the Southern African Large Telescope to cool components inside the telescope chamber. To prevent coolant leaks from causing serious damage to electronics and optics, a Glycol Leak Detection System was designed to automatically shut off valves in affected areas. After two years of research and development the use of leaf wetness sensors proved to work best and is currently operational. These sensors are placed at various critical points within the instrument payload that would trigger the leak detector controller, which closes the valves, and alerts the building management system. In this paper we describe the research of an initial concept and the final accepted implementation and the test results thereof.
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Paul Rabe, Paul Rabe, Keith Browne, Keith Browne, Janus Brink, Janus Brink, Christiaan J. Coetzee, Christiaan J. Coetzee, } "Glycol leak detection system", Proc. SPIE 9906, Ground-based and Airborne Telescopes VI, 99065H (27 July 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2231396; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2231396
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