Peter Gifford, longtime leader of Cryomech Inc., has passed away at 69. Gifford was a fixture in the cryogenic community, a dedicated member of CSA and one of the second-generation industry leaders affectionately dubbed the “Cryomafia.” Under Gifford’s leadership, Cryomech has been a longstanding and strong supporter of CSA as a Corporate Sustaining Member. He established and funded the William E. Gifford Award, in honor of his father, which is given every two years by the society.
Month: January 2017
CSA Mourns Kathryn Meyer
We regret to report the death of Kathryn Meyer, 88, wife of the late Frank Meyer, founder of Meyer Tool and Manufacturing, Inc., and mother to Eileen Cunningham, the company's current president. Her funeral was held on Jan. 28. Memorial contributions to the Fisher Center for Alzheimer's Research Foundation can be made at http://www.alzinfo.org/.
What I Learned From My Mentors
CSA’s new board members reveal their most influential mentors in “What I Learned From My Mentors,” discussing where they worked together and ways the relationships advanced their careers.
Chart Industries Acquires Hetsco
Chart Industries, Inc. has acquired Hetsco, Inc. in a $22 million deal made through its subsidiary, Chart Lifecycle, Inc. The move, according to a Chart statement, supplements the company's current offerings by bringing a full suite of welding services for industrial gas and gas processing facilities including mission critical repair, specialty maintenance, construction/fabrication and safety services, with a particular focus on brazed aluminum heat exchangers.
Toward a Standardized ODH Analysis Technique
Standardization of ODH analysis and mitigation policy thus represents an opportunity for the cryogenic community. There are several benefits for industry and government facilities to develop an applicable unified standard for ODH. The number of reviewers would increase, and review projects across different facilities would be simpler. It would also present the opportunity for the community to broaden the development of expertise in modeling complicated flow geometries.
Whole Body Cryotherapy
Interest in low temperature treatment is increasing and whole body cryotherapy (WBC) devices are becoming available not only in medical centers but also in local gyms and spa centers. Many governments and medical professionals have thus turned attention to WBC, evaluating the treatment for its effectiveness and safety. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), for example, issued a statement in July 2016 alerting consumers to both the unproven benefits and risks posed by WBC. I agree with the FDA on many points. Safety of the user is undisputedly a primary issue, and as such users must be fully informed about various WBC devices and associated risks of each. I disagree, however, with the FDA’s blanket warning against WBC, which includes both procedures conducted inside enclosed chambers that don’t expose users to cryogens and cryosaunas where users stand in vapor with only their heads above the tank.
Cryocoolers 19 Proceedings Available Now
"Cryocoolers 19," a 654-page compilation of the proceedings of the 19th International Cryocooler Conference held in San Diego, California, June 20-23, 2016, is now available and has been mailed to registered participants. Published by ICC Press, Boulder, Colorado, and edited by S.D. Miller and R.G. Ross, Jr., the volume features 77 peer-reviewed papers with four-color illustrations. It archives developments and performance measurements in the field of cryocoolers based on the contributions of leading international experts at the conference.
Help Us Celebrate Women in Cryogenics and Superconductivity
We're looking for input for our February issue of Cold Facts. Participants are invited to answer the questions posted below and send their answers to Brian Dudley, Cold Facts Editor, firstname.lastname@example.org, by January 27.
CERN Ramps Up Neutrino Program
In the midst of the verdant French countryside looms a workshop the size of an aircraft hangar. Inside, CERN technicians are busy constructing two 8-meter tall cubes to test prototype detectors for the Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment (DUNE). Each will in time contain 770 metric tons of liquid argon permeated with a strong electric field necessary for neutrino detection.
NIST Physicists Squeeze Light, Cool Microscopic Drum below Quantum Limit
Physicists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have cooled a microscopic mechanical drum to less than one-fifth of a single quantum, or packet of energy. The result, according to the research team, is lower than ordinarily predicted by quantum physics and the technique used could theoretically cool objects to absolute zero, the temperature at which matter is devoid of nearly all energy.
Ultracold Liquid Hydrogen May Be Fuel of the Future
NASA has wrapped up testing on a new cooling system that supercools hydrogen to -423°F. It's housed in a shuttle-era storage facility engineers saved from demolition five years ago at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida and thereafter transformed into a test site for new ground operations demo units.
Woman Gives Birth from Ovary Frozen in Childhood
The first woman to have an ovary frozen before the onset of puberty has given birth to a baby boy. As a nine-year-old child, Moaza Al Matrooshi, now 24, suffered from a severe blood disorder, beta-thalassemia, and needed chemotherapy in preparation for a bone marrow transplant to treat the condition. The chemotherapy was likely to leave her infertile, so she chose to have her right ovary removed and the tissue from it frozen before she underwent treatment.
New Method Increases Precision of Atom Interferometry
In a paper published in Physical Review Letters, a research team from the MIT-Harvard Center for Ultracold Atoms presents a method to increase the precision of atom interferometry with Bose-Einstein condensates, a result, the group says, that eliminates a source of error endemic to earlier designs. Interferometers using the new concept, for example, could help resolve some fundamental questions in physics, such as the nature of the intermediate states between the quantum description of matter and the Newtonian description upon which everyday engineering depends.
Air Liquide Commissions Cavernous Hydrogen Storage Facility
Air Liquide has commissioned a new hydrogen storage facility housed some 1,500 meters deep in a Texas cavern. The 70-meters in diameter installation is capable of holding enough hydrogen to back up a large-scale steam methane reformer unit for 30 days, according to the company, and will offer hydrogen supply solutions to customers through Air Liquide’s Gulf Coast pipeline system.
NASA to Resume Webb Telescope Vibration Tests
During routine testing of NASA's James Webb Space Telescope in December, an unexpected response occurred from several of the more than 100 devices designed to detect small changes in the motion of the structure, prompting engineers at Goddard Space Flight Center to put the vibration tests on hold to determine the cause.