Information for VULCAN Users

Become a VULCAN User

  1. Contact us for capabilities, experiment design, and development of proposals.
  2. Refer to VULCAN Proposal Key Points before writing the proposal.
  3. Submit your proposal in IPTS.

Approved Proposals

You will be notified of an experiment date and will need to confirm the date by replying to the email and the experiment in the IPTS system.

Prepare and Ship Your Samples

We recommend VULCAN standard samples. If you cannot provide standard sample geometry, please prepare grip adapters.

Ship your samples

Shipping instructions are available on the For Users page. 

Plan Your Trip

The User Office will contact you about site access and proper training. You have the option to stay at the ORNL Guest House, which is located on the SNS site. For complex experiments, two to three users are recommended.

VDRIVE: VULCAN Data Reduction and Interactive Visualization software

  1. Get an XCAMS account (the same one that you used in IPTS system). If you do not have an account, you can request one.
  2. Request access to computer resources. Select SNS user (on-site and off-site), select VULCAN, and type your IPTS number in the justification.
  3. Go to http://analysis.sns.gov and follow the instructions for the remote window access.
  4. Use VDRIVE to perform data reduction or analysis. The manual can be found here or on the data analysis computer. Use the NXClient to logon, and in the upper left corner choose Applications => Analysis => VDRIVE Manual.

For computer access issues contact linux@support.sns.gov.

Download/Upload Your Data

Client mode: Use an SFTP client to transfer data between your own computer and the data on server. FileZilla is a free one that works across different platforms. The server is analysis.sns.gov; the port for SFTP is 22.

Web interface: log into the portal, select the folder above, and then download/upload. 

Publish Results

Please review your primary obligations regarding the facility acknowledgement statement and notifying the User Office. Contact the User Office with questions.

Sample Geometry

  • For an experiment using the VULCAN MTS loadframe, please refer the document below for VULCAN's standard sample geometry. Contact the instrument team for other sample geometry.
  • Loadframe Specimen Dimension Diagram