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Some RF contacts and power transmission lines

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Annual maintenance of RF power transmission lines in BA3 Philips plant Once per year, we have to dismount 16 RF power amplifiers to make their maintenance To do so, we need to disconnect their output power transmission lines With this 35 years old equipment, we recently experienced some difficulties with the innerspring contact clamps

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Innerspring contact clamp Innerspring contact clamp ensures continuity of the inner line of the 35 kW CW RF transmission line

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Possible mistakes As it was too difficult to insert it in the inner line, mechanist decided to shorten the RF spring contact See next slide for consequences… Too long spring Impossible to mount inside the inner line

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Bad RF contact consequences Original clamp size After operation at 35 kW @ 200 MHz with bad contacts Even worse

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Correct procedure Compress the spring to the selected length Once compressed cut it guarantying the correct number of spirals Roll it up ensuring a good spirals distribution including the connecting point A very simple process to ensure a correct contact

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Additional examples… Wrong lamella angle : burnt contacts Another clamp burnt because one of the finger contact was mistakenly inserted in the inner side instead of the outer side

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