Acceptance. Phase 5. Acutronic 684-1 Centrifuge.
Final technical rept.,
SCHOFIELD (ANDREW N) AND ASSOCIATES LTD CAMBRIDGE (UNITED KINGDOM)
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This report is one of a series of reports by ANSA Ltd prepared as a part of ANSAs research under their response to the BAA of December 1988, addressing the completion of the manufacture and assembly stage of the Acutronic 684-1 centrifuge in France during the summer of 1995. The completion of the centrifuge assembly and the Factory Acceptance procedures in France during 1995 was a critical period of intense activity during which ANSA provided a close technical overview of the work of the Acutronic and TLM engineers. This was achieved through daily contact by ANSAs Associate in France, and by regular visits from the UK. During this period the delivery of all component parts and available documentation to Acutronics subcontractor TLM in Franconville was completed, final machining was undertaken, the centrifuge was assembled and subassemblies were tested where practicable. A second casting of the drive box was completed which did not show any internal defects on ultrasonic testing surface defects were removed by machining. Other technical issues were relatively minor in nature concerns were noted in relation to the mounting of the aerodynamic shrouds onto the platform, the tightness of fit of the counterweight geared screws and the manufacture of the instrumented spring supports. All of these were satisfactorily resolved. Packing and transportation of the centrifuge from the TLM plant to the docks at Antwerp, where the centrifuge was loaded on board ship for onward transport to the USA, proceeded without incident.
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