Author: del Busto, E.N.
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MOPPC004 Experiments on the Margin of Beam Induced Quenches for LHC Superconducting Quadrupole Magnet in the LHC 124
  • C. Bracco, W. Bartmann, M. Bednarek, B. Goddard, E.B. Holzer, A. Nordt, M. Sapinski, R. Schmidt, M. Solfaroli Camillocci, M. Zerlauth, E.N. del Busto
    CERN, Geneva, Switzerland
  Protection of LHC equipment relies on a complex system of collimators to capture injected or circulating beam in case of LHC injection kicker magnet failures. However, for specific failures of the injection kicker, the beam can graze the injection protection collimators and induce quenches of downstream superconducting magnets. This occurred twice during 2011 operation and can also not be excluded during further operation. Tests were performed during Machine Development periods of the LHC to assess the quench margin of the quadrupole located just downstream of the last injection protection collimator in point 8. In addition to the existing Quench Protection System, a special monitoring instrumentation was installed at this magnet to detect any resistance increase below the quench limit. The correlation between the magnet and Beam Loss Monitor signals was analysed for different beam intensities and magnet current. The results of the experiments are presented in this paper.