Author: Sanchez Navarro, P.
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THOB01 Thermal Contact Conductance in a Typical Silicon Crystal Assembly Found in Particle Accelerators 353
  • P. Sanchez Navarro
    DLS, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
  Every mirror at Diamond Light Source (the UK’s Particle Accelerator) has been installed with the premise of clamping the cooling copper manifolds as lightly as possible to minimize distortion. The problem with this approach is that the Thermal Contact Conductance (TCC) depends on the applied pressure among other factors*. The assembly is usually a symmetric stack of Copper - Indium Foil - Silicon Crystal - Indium Foil - Copper. Variables that interest the most are those that are easily adjustable in the set-up assembly (number of clamps, pressure applied and cooling water flow rate) PT100 temperature sensors have been used along the surface of the crystal and along the surface of the copper manifolds. Custom PCB units have been created for this project to act as a mean of collecting data and Matlab has been used to plot the temperature measurements vs. time. Another challenge is the creation of an accurate model in Ansys that matches reality up to a good compromise where the data that is being recorded from the sensors matches Ansys results within reason.
*Gilmore DG. Spacecraft thermal control handbook. Volume I, Volume I, [Internet]. 2002. Available from:
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About • paper received ※ 20 July 2021       paper accepted ※ 13 October 2021       issue date ※ 06 November 2021  
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