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Effort for the Reliable Operation in J-PARC Rapid Cycling Synchrotron

Oct 19, 2017, 4:30 PM


Hôtel Le Louis, Versailles Château (Pullman Versailles)
Talk Strategies for Continuous Reliable Operations 15- Strategy for Continuous Reliable Operations


Dr Kazami Yamamoto (Japan Atomic Energy Agency / J-PARC Center)


The beam commissioning of the J-PARC 3 GeV Rapid Cycling Synchrotron (RCS) has been started since 2007, and the proton beams were delivered to a neutron target and a main ring synchrotron on Dec. 2008. At the beginning of RCS operation, an availability of RCS was depressed by a discharge of a thyratron which used in a power supply system of the extraction kicker magnet. We investigated the operational statistics of the thyratron in order to improve availability, and found a better treatment which fits a characteristic of an individual thyratron. As a result, the discharge rate was improved dramatically. After the improvement, a radiation leak accident was occurred in the Hadron Experimental hall. From this accident, we considered that it was necessary to monitor not only the status of the RCS components but the beam condition in order to improve the availability of the J-PARC facility. Therefore we developed new interlock system to prevent an extraction of unexpected beam which might affect the component of the downstream facilities. Due to these improvements, the availability of RCS is more than 90 % every year.

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Dr Kazami Yamamoto (Japan Atomic Energy Agency / J-PARC Center)

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