Vibration stability of Orion laser facility
Proceedings of the ICE - Structures and Buildings
Thomas Telford (ICE Publishing)
In 2005 the UK Ministry of Defence awarded a contract for construction of the Orion laser facility at the Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE). Orion delivers a power density of 1021W/cm2 on a 5 µm target, making it a world class facility for the study of high energy density physics. The ability to target to such high precision depends on ‘stability’ of the building and internal structures with respect to thermal expansion and vibrations. This paper concerns experimental activities supporting prediction and evaluation of the minute vibrations against a ‘budget’ comprising effects of all vibration sources, internal and external, and the sequence of experimental campaigns and signal evaluation that fed into this process. This involved a sequence of dynamics-based measurements of: • foundation pile stiffness • vibration propagation from both controlled and uncontrolled sources at stages during the construction and finally • evaluation of vibration levels in the as-built facility due to internal machinery and the few external vibration sources passing through the sophisticated vibration barrier. The approach focused on time series of vibrations in the design phase, and on evaluation of statistical properties of displacement power spectral density functions.
This is the author accepted manuscript. The final version is available from Thomas Telford (ICE Publishing) via the DOI in this record.
Published Online: October 07, 2015