Failure due to thermal budget

Ed Myers edmyers at
Wed Sep 7 11:27:32 PDT 2011


The water leaks were caused by running the system too long at too 
high of a temperature.  This resulted in overheating of the cooling 
lines and hence failure at the fittings.  You must recognize when you 
need to move to a furnace and not run an excessive thermal budget in 
the RTP's.  Failure to do so will result in disqualification.

I understand it is difficult to define a thermal budget window as the 
time factor has to decrease significantly as the temperatures go 
up.  This failure resulted from a 5 minute anneal at a higher temperature.

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