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Current installation of the large hadron collider (LHC) particle accelerator at CERN has required the use of a harmonic coil magnetic measurement system to quantify the magnetic field harmonic quality of the superconducting, twin aperture LHC dipoles. Current and future needs for measuring fast changing magnetic fields necessitates the use of a rotating unit (RU) and associated electronics to drive this long shaft with increased speed and measurement bandwidth. Therefore, the fast magnetic measurement equipment (FAME) project has been launched to deliver such a system. A primary obstacle to achieving the goals of the FAME project is the possibility of amplifying mechanical vibrations due to increased speeds. This paper presents the methodology and results of an experimental investigation conducted to estimate mechanical vibrations of the long shaft within a cold-bore mounted anti-cryostat at various rotational speeds using magnetic measurements.
Date of Publication: June 2008