SDC Detector Foundation Requirements for the SSC

by J. L. Western, Conventional Construction Div,
M. W. Butalla, Conventional Construction Div,
H. James Krebs, Conventional Construction Div,
Gary W. Tulk, Conventional Construction Div,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Structures Congress XII


The Solenoidal Detector Collaboration (SDC) detector weighs approximately 32,000 metric tons, and its ability to perform to design specifications is directly related to its internal alignment. The limits of the misalignment tolerance envelope in combination with the detector weight impose a set of tolerance limits of performance directly upon the foundation structure. The foundation must respond to all loading combinations within a restrictive set of displacement limitations in order to maintain the detector's critical alignment, thereby guaranteeing its operational integrity. This paper will present the results of this study, which has been issued to the Architect Engineer/Construction Manager as user requirements of design.

Subject Headings: Probe instruments | Foundation design | Alignment | Structural analysis | Critical loads | Structural design | Foundations

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