Project Sponsored by Advanced Energy
The Thermal Test Cart for Radio Frequency Generators team, sponsored by Advanced Energy, worked with the company to effectively validate their products to assure proper performance. It is crucial that AE’s Radio Frequency Generators (RFG), can be tested in their design phase, however, the internal electronics in RFG’s generate abundant heat during normal operations. As a result, it is important to confirm that the mechanical design of the RFG dissipates appropriate amounts of heat. To do this, AE currently uses highly accelerated life tests (HALT) or highly accelerated stress screening (HASS) chambers to perform thermal, lifecycle, and other tests. However, the HALT/HASS chambers are frequently overbooked for prototypes in the later stages of design. At this stage of product development, it is more costly and difficult to correct flaws in the design. The unavailability of the HALT/HASS chambers, and the cost of late stage modifications drive the need for test chamber that can be used earlier in the product’s development.