Top five from the Chief Technology Officer and Applied Physics and Superconducting Technology Division

Sergey Belomestnykh

On Dec. 3, the Applied Physics and Superconducting Technology Division held an all-hands meeting, the first under its new name. Progress on our multiple projects, including PIP-II, cryomodules for LCLS-II, solenoid production for Mu2e and the accelerator upgrade project for the High-Luminosity LHC, is moving quickly, and 2019 promises to be another full and important year for our team.

  1. Safety comes first. It’s important to avoid unnecessary incidents. There were a few safety-related incidents in 2018, and it’s vital that we do not repeat them. A written Hazard Analysis and job planning are required if the job involves two low-risk general hazards or one high-risk hazard. We all need to be aware of the safety rules and follow them.
  2. PIP-II must be baselined this year. The APS-TD team will play a very important role in the designing and building of the new superconducting radio-frequency linac and cryogenic system to provide a powerful beam for LBNF/DUNE. The PIP-II project achieved CD-1 in 2018, and CD-2 is scheduled for 2019. All the major components are designed and procured for the half-wave resonator (HWR ) and single-spoke resonator (SSR1) cryomodules. Assembly of both cryomodules will begin in December of this year, with the HWR cryomodule scheduled for completion in April 2019 and the SSR1 cryomodule assembly to be completed in May 2019.
  3. Our R&D programs continue to generate new and exciting results. We have a world-leading SRF research program producing records at several frontiers, and we play a critical leading role in R&D for PIP-II, LCLS-II HE and other projects. Our 15-Tesla dipole demonstrator magnet assembly is in progress, and the first test is scheduled for winter 2019.
  4. Our major projects continue to move ahead. We are aiming for CD-2/3b for the HL-LHC accelerator upgrade project next year. Fermilab is responsible for 50 percent of the coil fabrication, and we have completed more than seven coils in six months. Cryomodule production and testing for LCLS-II is going well, with 16 out of 19 cryomodules either produced and exceeding specifications or in assembly. The issue with transporting those cryomodules is being addressed, with one cryomodule safely delivered to SLAC recently. Work on the transport solenoid for Mu2e is going well, with 98 percent of the needed coils having been wound at the vendor.
  5. Construction of the Industrial Center Building is making good progress. This project has been one of our most visible and is scheduled for completion in March 2019. The new space will be an important addition to the APS-TD infrastructure to support projects and R&D in what promises to be an important and successful year for the APS-TD.