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Title: DARHT Axis II Cathode 16 (S/N 22) History as Recorded in the Historian and Shot Data Databases

Long DARHT II injector cathode operating lifetimes are desirable for flash radiography of hydrodynamic tests at the dual-axis radiographic hydrotest facility (DARHT). The specification for cathode operating lifetime given to Spectra-Mat in the purchase orders for the 311X-M cathodes is ≥ 1000 hours at full operating temperature (~1120 oC). Of the five most-recent cathodes operated on DARHT II, only two have met this specification. It is desirable to have cathodes lifetimes considerably longer than the specified 1000 hours. In this report we present the thermal and vacuum history of cathode 16 (serial no. [S/N] 22), a 311X-M cathode, as recorded in the historian database and the shot data database. The hope is that by examining this history we can identify the parameter (or parameters) that are limiting the DARHT II 311X-M cathode lifetimes. This is the fifth in a series of 5 DARHT Tech Notes in which recent cathode thermal and vacuum histories are examined. The other tech notes in this series are DARHT Tech Notes Nos. 501 (cathode 12, S/N 15), 502 (cathode 13, S/N 19), 503 (cathode 14, S/N 20), and 504 (cathode 15, S/N 21). In DARHT Tech Note No. 506 we will compare the recorded thermalmore » and vacuum histories of cathodes 12-16 and attempt to understand the cathode lifetime limitations based on the stored cathode data presented in DARHT Tech Notes 501-505 and other relevant information.« less
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  1. Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
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