Author: Fuchsberger, K.
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THPPP009 Automated Execution and Tracking of the LHC Commissioning Tests 3743
  • K. Fuchsberger, V. Baggiolini, M. Galetzka, R. Gorbonosov, M. Pojer, M. Solfaroli Camillocci, M. Zerlauth
    CERN, Geneva, Switzerland
  To ensure the correct operation and prevent system failures, which can lead to equipment damage in the worst case, all critical systems in the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), have to be tested thoroughly during dedicated commissioning phases after each intervention. In view of the around 7,000 individual tests to be performed each year after a Christmas stop, a lot of effort was already put into the automation of these tests at the beginning of LHC hardware commissioning in 2005, to assure the dependable execution and analysis of these tests. To further increase the productivity during the commissioning campaigns and to enforce amore consistent workflow, the development of a dedicated testing framework was launched. This new framework is designed to schedule and track the automated tests for all systems of the LHC and will also be extendable, e.g., to beam commissioning tests. This is achieved by re-using different, already existing execution frameworks. In this paper, we outline the motivation for this new framework and the related improvements in the commissioning process. Further, we sketch its design and present first experience from the re-commissioning campaign in early 2012.  
THPPP010 LHC Orbit Correction Reproducibility and Related Machine Protection 3746
  • K. Fuchsberger, T. Baer, R. Schmidt, J. Wenninger
    CERN, Geneva, Switzerland
  The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) has an unprecedented nominal stored beam energy of up to 362 MJ per beam. In order to ensure an adequate machine protection by the collimation system, a high reproducibility of the beam position at collimators and special elements like the final focus quadrupoles is essential. This is realized by a combination of manual orbit corrections, feed forward and real time feedback. In order to protect the LHC against inconsistent orbit corrections, which could put the machine in a vulnerable state, a novel software-based interlock system for orbit corrector currents was developed. In this paper, the principle of the new interlock system is described and the reproducibility of the LHC orbit correction is discussed against the background of this system.