Continuous Flow Cryogen Sublimation Cooler
A new technique has been developed that permits temperatures below the triple point to be maintained continuously when liquid cryogen is fed to a special cold stage that vents to vacuum. The technology has been demonstrated using hydrogen which has been liquefied by a Displex GM refrigerator and fed to the cold stage at pressures ranging from 0.1 to 0.5 MPa. With no heat load applied the temperature remained constant at 9.7 K independent of pressure. The temperature and sublimation rate increased when heat was applied. This paper describes the device that was tested and presents a theoretical model which explains the results.
KeywordsMethane Convection Argon Vanadium Hydride
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