Design and construction of the structure of the DEMONSTRATOR of the CALIFA detector for R3B-FAIR using carbon-fiber composites
1 Dpt. of Mechanical Engineering, University of Vigo, E-36310 Vigo, Spain
2 Dtp. of Particle Physics, University of Santiago de Compostela, E-15782, Santiago de Compostela, Spain
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Published online: 20 March 2014
In this paper we describe the DEMONSTRATOR structures and active units (PETALs) developed for the detector CALIFA of the experiment R3B - FAIR. The design is based in the CALIFA BARREL mechanical solutions, but adapted to the characteristics of the PETALs, namely in what concerns the load distribution during setup and service. The R&D program defined the materials and procedures for both producing the pieces of carbon fiber (CF) composites as well as the mounting of the bundles to make an alveolar structure. The procedures also include a quality control program to ensure the dimensional properties of the CF assemblies. We are also developing the use of tomographic imaging analysis for this quality program, that will be of mayor interest in the construction of the future CALIFA CF-structure.
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