NIST scientist details new method for making thinner, more flexible HTS cables

NIST scientist Danko van der Laan explains details of his invention of a method to make HTS cables that are thinner and more flexible than ever before. The superconducting material used to make the cables is a high-temperature superconducting "coated conductor" that consists of a 50-micron-thick Hastelloy substrate, coated with ceramic buffer layers and a 1-micron-thick gadolinium-barium-copper-oxide (GBCO) superconducting film.

Heat flux value for inner vessel when vacuum insulation fails

To size a relief valve for a LN2 cryostat I have to know “worse case” boil-off rate when vacuum insulation failed and inner vessel with LN2 is in direct contact with room temperature air at 300K. So, I am looking for a heat flux value (watt/m2) to LN2 inner vessel when vacuum insulation completely failed … Continue reading Heat flux value for inner vessel when vacuum insulation fails

Tributes to Dr. Klaus Timmerhaus

Dr. Klaus D. Timmerhaus, who passed away February 11, 2011, was well-known in the cryogenics community for a number of accomplishments, including his involvement in the Cryogenic Engineering Conference and for serving as founding editor of the publication “Advances in Cryogenic Engineering,” which he edited from 1954 to 1980.