SNS ready to go; research resumes tonight

snscontrolFollowing the successful change out of the target vessel, the Spallation Neutron Source is apparently ready to resume production of neutrons on a research-scale Wednesday evening. The SNS team has scurried to get things back in order following the March 22 failure of the previous vessel.

In a message via email Wednesday afternoon, SNS operations chief Kevin Jones said:

“This morning we completed the Target 14 installation process and then conducted a series of very successful measurements to study stress and strain on the target vessel with controlled bursts of beam pulses at different power levels.  We completed that work at about 3 p.m. today, and are now operating at 400 kW and beginning our programmed ramp to 850 kW.  We will be operating for users again starting this evening.”

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