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Title: Design guidelines for avoiding thermo-acoustic oscillations in helium piping systems

Thermo-acoustic oscillations are a commonly observed phenomenon in helium cryogenic systems, especially in tubes connecting hot and cold areas. The open ends of these tubes are connected to the lower temperature (typically at 4.5 K), and the closed ends of these tubes are connected to the high temperature (300 K). Cryogenic instrumentation installations provide ideal conditions for these oscillations to occur due to the steep temperature gradient along the tubing. These oscillations create errors in measurements as well as an undesirable heat load to the system. The work presented here develops engineering guidelines to design oscillation-free helium piping. This work also studies the effect of different piping inserts and shows how the proper geometrical combinations have to be chosen to avoid thermo-acoustic oscillations. The effect of an 80 K intercept is also studied and shows that thermo-oscillations can be dampened by placing the intercept at an appropriate location. As a result, the design of helium piping based on the present work is also verified with the experimental results available in open literature.
 [1] ;  [2]
  1. Raja Ramanna Centre for Advanced Technology (RRCAT), Indore (India)
  2. Fermi National Accelerator Lab. (FNAL), Batavia, IL (United States)
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Report Number(s):
Journal ID: ISSN 1359-4311
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Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Applied Thermal Engineering
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 84; Journal Issue: C; Journal ID: ISSN 1359-4311
Research Org:
Fermi National Accelerator Lab. (FNAL), Batavia, IL (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), High Energy Physics (HEP) (SC-25)
Country of Publication:
United States
42 ENGINEERING; helium piping; thermo-acoustic oscillations; cryogenic systems
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OSTI ID: 1433742