Advancing instrumentation and control at the Nevada Test Site: An incremental approach toward a global solution

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The increased overall complexity and cost of modern experiments involving underground nuclear weapons testing at the Nevada Test Site (NTS) demands that we use modern computer control systems rather than ''well-established'' traditional technology. Historically, instrumentation and control have employed large numbers of expensive, heavy hardwire cables extending from surface ground zero, to a diagnostics area underground in a vertical shaft. The cables are then terminated and in most cases perform singular functions. By adapting industrial instrumentation and control techniques (namely programmable computer control and distributed input/output) we can be connected to a large number of data and power distribution channels ... continued below

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Trujillo, L.T. January 1, 1987.

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The increased overall complexity and cost of modern experiments involving underground nuclear weapons testing at the Nevada Test Site (NTS) demands that we use modern computer control systems rather than ''well-established'' traditional technology. Historically, instrumentation and control have employed large numbers of expensive, heavy hardwire cables extending from surface ground zero, to a diagnostics area underground in a vertical shaft. The cables are then terminated and in most cases perform singular functions. By adapting industrial instrumentation and control techniques (namely programmable computer control and distributed input/output) we can be connected to a large number of data and power distribution channels with a single pair of fiber optic or coaxial cables. However, to gain system confidence and to modify transferred technology to our unique needs, we integrate such technology incrementally. This paper will discuss examples of our incremental approach by describing some weapon event tests. This paper will also discuss goals for future automation at the NTS.

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  • Instrument Society of America international conference and exhibit, Anaheim, CA, USA, 4 Oct 1987

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  • Other: DE87010117
  • Report No.: LA-UR-87-1615
  • Report No.: CONF-871028-2
  • Grant Number: W-7405-ENG-36
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 6079922
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc1110354

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Trujillo, L.T. Advancing instrumentation and control at the Nevada Test Site: An incremental approach toward a global solution, article, January 1, 1987; New Mexico. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc1110354/: accessed December 10, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.