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Not connected pads [message #706] Fri, 30 July 2004 08:37 Go to next message
Clemens Adler is currently offline  Clemens Adler
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From: *kip.uni-heidelberg.de
Hello everybody,
at the last Status meeting in Heidelberg, I reported, that David found, some pads on a padplane that were not connected to the signal cable. Unfortunately this cannot be corrected after the padplane is glued to the panel, since the connection of cable to padplane is not accessible anymore.
Anton recommended to short the unconnected pads to the next neighbor.
We checked another padplane which had 1 unconnected pad. On this one I shorted the pad to the next neighbor with silver epoxy. This seems to work reasonably well, filling the gap between the 2 pads plus some overlap. This can be seen in:
http://www.physi.uni-heidelberg.de/~adler/TRD/pics/2004_07_29/IMG_0470.J PG

Soldering does definitely nt work without creating a big droplet of solder on the padplane.
There was some discussion about longterm stability of silver epoxy concerning the electronics grounding, but I guess the resistance here is not that critical. But if someone has a better suggestion on how to connect 2 pads, please speak up.

cheers,
Clemens
Re: Not connected pads [message #707 is a reply to message #706] Fri, 30 July 2004 12:36 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Harald Appelshaeuser is currently offline  Harald Appelshaeuser
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Dear Clemens,

I dont see another easy way to do this.
However, I wonder whether it would be better to make a connection to the next neighbor in the next row. It's probably a question of track density. How can we find this out?

Harry
Re: Not connected pads [message #824 is a reply to message #706] Thu, 19 August 2004 17:20 Go to previous message
Clemens Adler is currently offline  Clemens Adler
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From: *kip.uni-heidelberg.de
Hello,
an update on the issue of not connected pads:
We tested 8 padplane panels,
-4 of them are completely OK.
-2 have one unconnected pad.
-1 has 2 unconnected pads.
-1 has 6 unconnected pads.

in the case of 1 or 2 unconnected pads, I connected them to their outside neighbor, so they will not float.
In case of the 6 unconnected pads, I'm a bit unsure what to do. They are more or less in the middle of the chamber and they are in one block of 4 unconnected pads then 1 connected one, then 2 more unconnected pads. I.e. shorting them all, would mean a rather big block of dead channels right in the middle. The question is, whether we can still use that panel, or not.
Another issue is, that it is still not clear what the cause of the missing connection is: either bad soldering joints, that are not detected when the padplanes are tested, or broken cabel traces (what could happen during transport, uncareful handling, or when gluing the padplane to the panel).
Therefore it might be interessting to cut open a panel to see what caused the problem (on the other hand, both things could happen in principle, and one would need some statistics to really learn something?!?)...
so anyway, if anybody has suggestions, ideas...

cheers,
Clemens


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