Cryogenic Conditioning Equipment
CSM manufactures a range of conditioning equipment which are used in various customer applications, ranging from simple vapor removal from liquid nitrogen vacuum jacketed pipelines, precise liquid pressure control to ensure a more efficient operation in your cryogenic system. Our conditioning equipment guaranteed a high quality single phase, low pressure liquid nitrogen supply to your process.
Every CSM conditioning equipment employs our in-house, proprietary, super insulation technology complemented with 10 years vacuum warranty for condensation-free and long-term performance. CSM products come in two options for vacuum insulation: static and dynamic vacuum types. To understand which vacuum insulation fits your needs, please click on the link "Dynamic Vacuum vs Static Vacuum."
On top of that, CSM conditioning equipment comes with advanced close tolerance bayonet connections that guarantee frost and condensation-free operation, with the lowest heat leaks, preserving your cryogenic fluid at the lowest temperature and ensuring pressure stability. To understand our bayonet technology and how it will benefit your cryogenic system, please click on the link "Close Tolerance Bayonet Technology."
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How two-phase flow condition occurs in liquid nitrogen pipelines
The liquid nitrogen is stored in a bulk storage tank at various saturation pressure, usually between 5 to 10 bars (80 to 150psi). The saturated liquid is drawn from tank and transferred via vacuum jacketed pipelines to the point of use (POU) at the production floor. Liquid nitrogen travels through the pipelines will picks up energy incrementally due of presence of heat leaks, surface friction and turbulence at bends. Depending on the amount of the energy absorbed, the liquid enthalpy increases and vapor is formed creating gas bubbles in liquid stream, resulting in 2-phase flow conditions as shown in diagram below. Appropriate conditioning equipment are used to remove the vapor from 2-phase liquid to provide users with single phase liquid supply.
Example: Liquid nitrogen latent heat of evaporation is 43 Watts-hr/liter and a typical heat leaks for a 200 meter run of 1.5" VJ pipelines is summed up to about 300 Watts, which results in 7 liters of liquid nitrogen boil-off. Because a unit of liquid volume will evaporate into vapor volume between 100 to 600 times, it is very importance to place the conditioning equipment at appropriate interval along the pipeline to remove the vapor soon enought before the liquid in the pipeline turn into slug flow or wet vapor (mist flow).
There are few types of conditioning equipment available for use. The cryogenic process engineer will determine 2-phase flow conditions by quantifying the heat leaks amount and pressure drop within the pipelines. Proper equipment selection and choosing the right location to install in the pipeline will ensure LN2 transfer system works properly to deliver required liquid quality to each point of use (POU).
CSM Conditioning Equipments to overcome two-phase flow
CryoVent constantly removes vapor when the liquid in the pipeline is not in used. The static heat leaks will constantly evaporate the liquid in the pipeline into vapor, the vapor vent job to remove and exhaust the vapor to atmosphere in order to keep the pipeline always filled with liquid. It is sometimes known as keep-full device. It is important to estimate correctly the static heat leaks and system head loss to determine the right number of vapor vent devices required throughout the system. It is installed usually at the highest point of the main-riser pipe or end of header pipes or sub-lateral.
Degasser removes vapor in both conditions, when the liquid in the pipeline is used and not in used. When the liquid is in used, it flows through the degasser where its velocity reduces due to sudden increase in volume. Vapor is removed from 2-phase liquid stream by liquid decompression. It is important to estimate correctly the static heat leaks and head loss of the system to size up the right degasser capacity needed for the intended application.The degasser is usually placed in the middle of the pipeline or at POU.
Phase separator removes vapor from 2-phase liquid stream using the liquid decompression and volume expansion principle by stepping down the incoming liquid pressure. It has storage vessel range from 22 liters to 100 liters capacity. The liquid level and supply pressure are electronically modulated using electro-pneumatic control valves. It is frequently used as pressure step down device to reduce bulk tank pressure to the desired pressure at POU. The unit is supplied with a controller integrated with HMI for ease of pressure & level control setting. An atmospheric pressure control phase separator is capable to provide virtually a subcooled liquid at 1 atm. Atmospheric pressure control phase separator is critical equipment used in molecular beam expitaxy (MBE) application. CSM is one of very few privilege companies in the world possesing the knowledge to design, manufacture & deliver a close loop liquid nitrogen application for MBE system application.