Monday, April 30, 2012

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Monday, April 30
3:30 p.m.
4 p.m.
All Experimenters' Meeting - Curia II
Special Topics: Accelerator Work Plans During Shutdown; Operations of the NOvA Near Detector on the Surface (NDOS); T-992: Radiation-Hard Sensors for the SLHC at FTBF

Tuesday, May 1
10:30 a.m.
Research Techniques Seminar - One West
Speaker: Lindley Winslow, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Title: ReƲolution? Neutrinos and Nanotechnology
3:30 p.m.
4 p.m.
Accelerator Physics and Technology Seminar - One West
Speaker: Terry Hendricks, Sandia National Laboratories
Title: Instantaneous Heat Flux Measurements in Internal Combustion Engines

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Special Announcement

Arbor Day tree planting - May 1

Help celebrate Fermilab's Arbor Day on Tuesday, May 1. This year, participants will plant trees in the Village to replace Ash trees taken down due to the Emerald Ash borer. The group will gather at the Kuhn Barn at 11:30 a.m. Please bring a shovel and wear sturdy shoes and appropriate clothing. A hot dog lunch will be provided after the trees are planted. If the weather is poor, we will postpone until Thursday, May 3.


Proton beam upgrade team springs into action this week

This Fermilab Accelerator Complex Illustration shows the upgrade plan. Photo: Reidar Hahn

Technicians and engineers have a lot of work ahead as the beam line and accelerator complex is revamped to sustain a faster-pulsed, more intense proton beam. The 11-month long shutdown of the beam line for upgrades begins today.

"This is going to be the most work done on the beam line and its supporting infrastructure since the Main Injector was constructed in the mid-1990s," said Cons Gattuso, who is responsible for coordinating the upgrades during the shutdown. "We have a lot of work to do, and we're eager to get started."

The upgrades will prepare the beam line for the NOvA experiment, as well as experiments such as Mu2e and Muon g-2, which require more protons than the accelerator complex and beamline were originally configured to create and sustain.

"Several components of the accelerator complex, such as the Linac and Booster, are about 40 years old," said Bob Zwaska, the deputy project leader for the Proton Improvement Plan, which is initiating upgrades to the Linac, Booster and preaccelerator during the shutdown. "We need to ensure that these components can sustain the higher demand for beam that will come when NOvA, Mu2e and g-2 become operational."

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—Sarah Charley

In the News

$283 million project seeks tiny particles in the big woods of northern Minnesota

From Duluth News Tribune, April 27, 2012

Preparations for a $283 million international experiment to solve mysteries of the universe have reached an important milestone in the woods of northern Minnesota.

State and federal officials will gather today for a ribbon-cutting at the building that will house the first-of-its-kind NOvA far detector near Ash River southeast of International Falls. The 15,000-ton particle detector will study neutrinos — subatomic particles that can help researchers discover how the universe was formed and how it will change.

"We are really asking basic questions about the universe in what would seem a pretty unlikely location," said NOvA lab director Marvin Marshak, a University of Minnesota physics professor.

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In the News

Finding a new Earth: Holy grail of astronomy

From, April 26, 2012

Determining the habitability of rocky, Earth-like planets in the universe will be crucial for us as a species, according to scientists from The Australian National University.

But the good news is that these planets are probably more abundant than stars, researchers from the ANU Planetary Science Institute have discovered. The institute is a joint venture of the Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics and the Research School of Earth Sciences.

"Determining whether these planets are habitable has become the new holy grail of astronomy," said planetary scientist Dr. Charley Lineweaver, lead author of the study.

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Quality Assurance

5 Whys – A root cause analysis tool for use at work and home

Search for the root cause of a situation by asking why until you find the answer.

Understanding the fundamental causes for a problem is key to permanently resolving or improving it. The 5 Whys is a method for analyzing the cause and effect relationship to identify the fundamental cause; the effect could either be an opportunity or a problem.

First, we state the effect. In this case, the effect is a problem. For example, the car won't start. There are a few reasons this could be. Why is there no electric power? Why isn't the battery charged? Why isn't the alternator working? At each point, we ask why and see if that is the cause of the car not starting. By the third why, we see that the alternator belt is the problem. We might be tempted to stop here and replace the belt, but more questions could get us closer to the most basic reason, or root cause, for the problem and prevent future failures.

We need to figure out why the belt broke. We use a fourth why to determine the belt wore out - its frayed and cracked. In the fifth why, we conclude that we ignored the proper maintenance schedule.

This fifth step identifies a broken process, but is it the root cause for the problem? The asking of why should continue until a practical solution becomes evident or an economic benefit is exceeded. Why was the schedule ignored? It might be because we didn't understand it.

There should be at least one practical solution out of the possible answers for the final why. We can use a simplified maintenance checklist, buy a maintenance-free car or use an indestructible belt. Which seems the most logical?

Projects at Fermilab use the 5 Whys process to evaluate challenges and possible risks to accomplish project goals. Risks can jeopardize the goals and completion of a project. When the root cause is identified, alternative plans are made to avoid the risks. A similar problem solving approach, Failure Mode Effects Analysis, is used to mitigate risks and to proactively plan for economical alternatives that are knowable or controllable.

Contact your Quality Assurance Representative for more information on these problem solving tools, as well as identifying and anticipating issues or risks in your processes. In the long run, these activities save time, money and frustration.

Tom King

Accelerator Update

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- Booster beam stop problem repaired

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