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Study and automation of a test system for space instrument calibration
2008 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Nowadays the independency of systems is a valuable requirement due to its implications in saving cost and time. Systems that are constantly dependent on an operator for their survival are outdated. Everyday more users demand from a system to be autonomous, robust and reliable. This was the need found at the CESR laboratory. A test system, used for space instrument tuning before launch, needed to be manually manipulated. This resulted in the operators’ time loss and long duration of instrument calibrations. Through this work a program for the automation of a calibration test system from the CESR (Centre d’Etude Spatiale des Rayonnements) was developed and added to improve a previous version. The test system is used to tune space instruments before launch. The main parts of the system are an ion beam, a mass spectrometer, an ion detector and a vacuum chamber. The configuration of the system includes some of the next features: on/off of the beam, tuning current intensity, positioning the ion beam or the instrument located in the chamber, data handling, data saving, reading of the configuration parameters, etc. LabWindows/CVI, National Instruments programming software, was used for generating the program. Connections between the system and the PC were done either through two RS232 serial ports (COM1 and COM2), or through two National Instrument acquisition cards connected to the PC. Overall study of the system was needed. An extensive revision of the work done for the automation of the system was done in order to suggest modifications in some malfunctions, and to add new features. Modifications were made to the existing version to improve its performance. New functionalities that control different motors in the system were developed. And finally, the full program was integrated for future use. A full documentation was developed in parallel to the work for further reference. A program resulted that can configure the system to a given state and independently realize different desired scans to an instrument located in the chamber. The motion of the instrument, the beam, and the step between each position for consecutive scanning can be given. The intensity of the current in the filament of the ion beam can also be varied. This work shows the different stages of the project and the background needed to develop it.

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Keyword [en]
Technology, test system, calibration, LabWindows/CVI, RS232, space, instruments, automation
Keyword [sv]
URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-57448ISRN: LTU-PB-EX--08/004--SELocal ID: e1b9a2d3-4d96-4818-9f7d-2c58534bf942OAI: diva2:1030835
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Student thesis, at least 30 credits
Educational program
Space Engineering, master's level
Validerat; 20101217 (root)Available from: 2016-10-04 Created: 2016-10-04Bibliographically approved

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