28 June 2015 to 2 July 2015
JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort
Etc/GMT-7 timezone

Design, Development and Application of Automatic Control Strategies for a 500W@4.5K Helium Refrigerator/Liquefier

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2h
JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort

JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort

Tucson, Arizona USA
Poster Presentation CEC-15 - Instrumentation and Controls

Speakers

Dr Liangbing HU (Institute of Plasma Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences)Dr Zhiwei Zhou (Institute of Plasma Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences)

Description

A 500W@4.5K helium refrigerator has been designed to provide forced flow cooling of 4.5K supercritical helium for the superconducting coils testing or as a helium liquefier with the capacity of 90L/hr liquefaction rate, and is now in built at the Institute of Plasma Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CASIPP). Its control system is designed and developed based on a Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) to achieve automatic process control in each defined operational mode. Via the analysis of process flow and control requirements, all operational modes with their logic control such as start-up conditions and interlocks have been designed. Through the process modeling and dynamic simulation, the dynamic behaviors of cryogenic process were revealed and the process parameters control loops were designed and simulated for optimizing the cool-down operation. As the core machinery in the refrigerator, two turbines with fully static gas bearing in series, which adopted double-valve fan brake control loops for optimized rotation speed control, are designed and manufactured by ourselves and will be tested in the commissioning of the refrigerator. In this paper, the design of automatic control strategies for the refrigerator as well as its control programs development and application on PLC control system will be presented in detail. Also, the whole project progress of the refrigerator and its control system will be reported.

Primary author

Dr Zhiwei Zhou (Institute of Plasma Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences)

Co-authors

Mr Jian HU (Institute of Plasma Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences) Dr Liangbing HU (Institute of Plasma Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences) Mr Qiyong Zhang (Institute of Plasma Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences) Mr Xiaofei Lu (Institute of Plasma Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences)

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