Development and Status of Protection Functions for the Normal Conducting Linac at ESS
Hilbes, Christian; Rejzek, Martin (2017). Development and Status of Protection Functions for the Normal Conducting Linac at ESS: Poster. In: IPAC2017. (May 14-19). Copenhagen, Denmark: Proceedings of IPAC2017.; ; ; ; ;
The European Spallation Source faces a great challenge in succeeding with its ambitious availability goals. The aim is to construct a machine that allows for 95% availability for neutron beam production. This goal requires a robust protection system that allows for high availability by continuously monitoring and acting on the machine states, in order to avoid long facility downtimes and optimize the operation at any stage. The normal conducting section consists of the first 48 meters of the machine, and performs the initial acceleration, bunching, steering, and focusing of the beam, which sets it up for optimal transition into the superconducting section. Through a fit-for-purpose risk management process, a set of protection functions has been identified. The risk identification, analysis, and treatment were done in compliance with modern safety and ISO standards. This ensures that the risks, in this case downtime and equipment damage, are properly prevented and mitigated. This paper describes this process of defining the protection functions for the normal conducting linac at ESS.