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

Pumping speed studies of activated carbons at 4.2 K adhered to indigenously developed hydroformed cryopanels

Jun 29, 2015, 2:00 PM
Exhibit Hall (Arizona Ballroom)

Exhibit Hall (Arizona Ballroom)

Poster Presentation CEC-02 - Large-Scale Systems, Facilities, and Testing C1PoG - Thermal Analysis and Design


Ms Ranjana Gangradey (Institute for Plasma Research, India)


For the fabrication of a cryopump with large pumping speeds for use in tokamaks, in particular, for gases such as helium and hydrogen, different activated carbon sorbents (with surface areas ~ 2000 m2/g) in the form of granules, spheres and cloths have been developed. These sorbents are adhesively bonded on a small size hydroformed (in-house developed technology) cryopanel of size ~500mm x 100 mm, and this constituted a Small Scale Cryopump Facility (SSCF). The pumping speeds of this SSCF for various gases have been measured as per AVS standards which comprises of a dome mounted with pressure gauges, calibrated leak valve and gas analyser. The SSCF cryopanel was shielded by LN2 cooled radiation shields and chevron baffles to minimize the heat in leak. The measured average pumping speeds for SSCF with the surface area of ~1000 cm2 for He and H2 at the constant panel temperature of 4.5 K, in the pressure range of 10-7 to 10-4 mbar, are ~ 2500 l/s and 2700 l/s respectively. The Pump performances for SSCF were also studied by using the test particle Monte Carlo simulation in Molflow+. The pumping speeds for different gases were analysed by varying the sticking coefficient and compared with the experimental results to find the sticking coefficients for helium and hydrogen. This paper describes the characterization and performances of different activated carbons, details of the SSCF experimental setup and the experimental results, the Monte Carlo simulation results and their comparison towards realizing the large scale cryopump.

Primary author

Ms Ranjana Gangradey (Institute for Plasma Research, India)


Mr Chirag Rana (Institute for Plasma Research, India) Mr Haresh Patel (Institute for Plasma Research, India) Mrs Jyoti Agarwal (Institute for Plasma Research, India) Dr Jyoti Shankar Mishra (Institute for Plasma Research, India) Mr Paresh Panchal (Institute for Plasma Research, India) Mr Pawan Bairagi (Institute for Plasma Research, India) Mr Pratik Nayak (Institute for Plasma Research, India) Mr Samiran Mukherjee (Institute for Plasma Research, India) Prof. Srinivasan Kasthurirengan (Institute for Plasma Research, India) Mr Vrushabh Lambade (Institute for Plasma Research, India)

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