Handling Liquid Hydrogen on a Pilot-Plant Scale

  • H. L. Laquer
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Cryogenic Engineering book series (ACRE, volume 5)


The following discussion summarizes experience obtained during the last 3 years while handling liquid hydrogen in 5500-liter batches. The work was not an-objective in itself, nor is it complete or exhaustive, but was done only coincidentally while developing and operating a liquid-hydrogen-cooled electromagnet [1, 2]. The quantities of liquid handled are small by missile standards, but the problems encountered on this pilot-plant scale are much nearer to those of large-scale usage than those of normal laboratory usage. The scaling of volumes would be from 1 gal in the laboratory to 1000 gal in our magnet to perhaps 100,000 gal for missile testing.


Check Valve Liquid Hydrogen Heat Leak Carbon Resistor Teflon Gasket 
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    H. L. Laquer, “The Los Alamos high field magnet,” 1956 Cryogenic Engineering Conference Proceedings.Google Scholar
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1960

Authors and Affiliations

  • H. L. Laquer
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  1. 1.Los Alamos Scientific LaboratoryLos AlamosUSA

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