Safety in the Handling of Cryogenic Fluids

  • Frederick J. Edeskuty
  • Walter F. Stewart

Part of the The International Cryogenics Monograph Series book series (ICMS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Frederick J. Edeskuty, Walter F. Stewart
    Pages 1-7
  3. Frederick J. Edeskuty, Walter F. Stewart
    Pages 9-17
  4. Frederick J. Edeskuty, Walter F. Stewart
    Pages 19-31
  5. Frederick J. Edeskuty, Walter F. Stewart
    Pages 33-51
  6. Frederick J. Edeskuty, Walter F. Stewart
    Pages 53-72
  7. Frederick J. Edeskuty, Walter F. Stewart
    Pages 73-77
  8. Frederick J. Edeskuty, Walter F. Stewart
    Pages 79-100
  9. Frederick J. Edeskuty, Walter F. Stewart
    Pages 101-116
  10. Frederick J. Edeskuty, Walter F. Stewart
    Pages 117-132
  11. Frederick J. Edeskuty, Walter F. Stewart
    Pages 133-157
  12. Frederick J. Edeskuty, Walter F. Stewart
    Pages 159-179
  13. Frederick J. Edeskuty, Walter F. Stewart
    Pages 181-195
  14. Frederick J. Edeskuty, Walter F. Stewart
    Pages 197-212
  15. Back Matter
    Pages 213-234

About this book

Introduction

The importance of safety in any scientific endeavor is never in question. However, when cryogenic temperatures are involved, safety is especially important. In addition to observing the normal precautions, one must also take into account the variations of physical properties that occur at low temperatures. At these tempera­ tures, some properties not only exhibit large differences from their normal values but also can vary widely over a small temperature range. Before any cryogenic project is started, a thorough knowledge of the possible hazards is necessary. Only in this way can the safest operation be attained. Over the hundred-year history of cryogenic research, this has been shown to be the case. Keeping this requirement in mind is an essential ingredient in the quest for accident-free work. The past four or five decades have seen a great expansion of cryogenic technology. Cryogenic liquids, such as oxygen, nitrogen, hydrogen, and helium, have become commonly used in a number of different applications and are easily available in any part of the United States and, indeed, almost anywhere in the world. Not only are these liquids available, they have become less expensive and also available in ever larger quantities. As quantities increase, so also do the conse­ quences of mishaps. The future seems to hold promise of ever larger and more widespread use of the common cryogens. Thus, the importance of safety also increases as time progresses.

Keywords

Feder accident combustion contract cryogenics fluid hydrogen material materials safety stress symbols tables

Authors and affiliations

  • Frederick J. Edeskuty
    • 1
  • Walter F. Stewart
    • 1
  1. 1.Los Alamos National Laboratory (Retired)Los AlamosUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4899-0307-5
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag US 1996
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4899-0309-9
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4899-0307-5
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