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Power Interruption at BNL

Oct 18, 2022, 11:00 AM
Oral Reliability in Harsh Environments Reliability in Harsh Environments


TERHEIDE, Rachel (Brookhaven National Lab)


Experiences gained in the FY22 RHIC Run at BNL have been informative to dealing with common weather challenges. In particular, power interruption and its negative effects will be discussed here, as well as ways to avoid it. Typically when weather conditions seem likely to cause power interruptions weather standdowns are initiated. These conditions are detected with an accuweather account setup to notify operators of nearby lightning. The standdowns target vulnerable equipment that could be damaged permanently by being tripped off from a power interruption. There were several instances of unexpected power outages that exposed weaknesses in the system and demonstrated the usefulness of the weather standdowns which will be discussed here.

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TERHEIDE, Rachel (Brookhaven National Lab)

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