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Three Day Vacuum Course

Wednesday, August 8, 2018, 8:00 AM until Friday, August 10, 2018, 5:00 PM
Map location
New Illawarra Rd
Lucas Heights,   2234

Anton P Stampfl
VSA Courses
Registration is closed
Diversity statement: Our goal is to create an inclusive, respectful environment that invites participation from people of all races, ethnicity's, genders, ages, abilities, religions, and sexual orientations. We value diversity in the communities we bring together and strive to provide balanced representation of the richness of our collective human experience, and welcome your contributions to helping us achieve that goal.

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The Three Day Vacuum Course

We have extended our well-known two day vacuum course to three days in order to allow for more time focused on problem solving and mastery of the syllabus. VSA course registration fees are extremely cost effective.
We wish to keep direct costs to the community as low as possible without hindering course delivery and excellence.
REFERENCE NOTES: Participants will receive a comprehensive set of notes with references to texts  covering practical aspects of vacuum science and technology as well as a copy of the presentations. 
CERTIFICATE: At the end of the course participants will be awarded a certificate from the VSA verifying that they did attend all three days of the course presentations and completed all exercises and tests.
WHAT ELSE IS PROVIDED? Morning and afternoon teas/coffees/biscuits are provided. Lunch may be taken at the ANSTO cafeteria directly next to the AINSE building where lectures and demonstrations will be given.
ACCOMMODATION:  If from outside Sydney there are a variety of accommodation possibilities in the vicinity of ANSTO and AINSE. Budget style accommodation is available directly next to ANSTO, at the Lucas Heights Motel, but should be booked as soon as possible as rooms can book out quickly.
TRANSPORTATION: AINSE may be reached by car  or through use of the ANSTO bus service that travels between Sutherland Station and AINSE. Be aware that the ANSTO Bus only travels at certain times. There is a 7:45 am and 8:35 am bus that leaves from the Sutherland train station (where the bus terminus is) that will get you to the course each day on time. Otherwise Uber or taxis are also a possibility. A taxi will cost ~$30 AUD and Uber ~$20-$25 AUD. The ANSTO bus costs $3 each way. Tickets may be purchased at the ANSTO cafeteria.

Payment Options

Participants have the ability to pay with  credit card, PayPal, or through direct bank transfer. Bank transfer details are:

Bank name:  Commonwealth Bank of Australia BIC/SWIFT Code: CTBAAU2S BSB number: 063583 Account number: 10107774 Account Name: VACUUM SOCIETY OF AUSTRALIA Address: UNIT 2 42 MELISSA ST DONVALE VIC 3111, AUSTRALIA
Message for recipient: VSA Course and give your name
IBANs are not used in Australia. However, payers in certain countries may require  one. In that case, the BSB and account number should be combined. Do not include any spaces or hyphens. That is: 
(BSB)(Account no.)
IBAN/Account Number: 06358310107774
STUDENTS: Please use your institutions email address to register. We use this address as a verification of your student status.

Course Outline




9:00 Introduction to Instructors and Course
9:30 Fundamentals A
10:30 Tea Break
10:45 Exercises
11:00 Fundamentals B 1
11:45 Exercises
12:00 Fundamentals B 2
12:30 Exercises
1:00 Lunch
2:00 Introduction – Pumps
2:30 Rotary Vane Pumping Techniques
3:30 Tea Break
3:45 Exercises
4:00 Pressure Measurement A

9:00 High Vacuum Pumping – Introduction
9:15 Diffusion Pumping
10:00 Ionisation Gauges and RGA’s
11:00 Tea Break
11:15 Turbomolecular Pumps
12:00 Molecular Drag and Turbo-drag Pumps
1:00 Lunch
2:00 Thermal Conductivity Gauges
2:30 Sorbtion Pumps and Cryopumps
3:30 Tea Break
3:45 Lab Session A Pumping Systems

9:00 Outgasing, Permeation and SVP’s
10:15 Tea Break
10:30 TSP and Ion Pumping
11:30 Leaks and Leak Detectors
1:00 Lunch
2:00 Vacuum Materials and Accessories
3:00 Tea Break
3:30 Lab Session B Leak Detection


Fundamentals – Basic concepts, gas laws, kinetic theory, conductance formulae etc.
Pumps and Systems  –  Roots, Rotary, Diffusion, Turbo, Cryo, Sorb, Sublimation, Sputter­ ion-pumps
Gauges   – Thermal conductivity gauges, Ionisation gauges, Mass Spectrometers
Materials and Accessories – Outgassing,Vapour pressures, Chambers, Valves, Fittings
Leak Detection – Virtual and Real leaks,Types of detectors, Techniques, Use of MSLD
Computer Simulations – Interactive operation of pumping systems and leak detectors

For whom

Researchers seeking a concise overview of the basic theory and practice of vacuum technology 
Technicians maintaining equipment eg. electron microscopes, coaters, mass spectrometers, accelerators 
Engineers in projects involving vacuum equipment
Industrial Staff eg. freeze drying, semiconductors, vacuum packaging, moulding, suction processes 
Workshop Staff specialising in machining and construction of vacuum equipment
Sales Staff essentials of vacuum pumps, systems, gauges, materials and accessories, leak detectors etc.