Progress Report of a Cryomechanical Hybrid Vacuum Pump Prototype

  • J. P. Périn
  • J. J. Cordier
  • R. Mathes
Part of the Advances in Cryogenic Engineering book series (ACRE, volume 43)


A novel concept of a mechanical vacuum pump is presented and a prototype is described that is capable of operating at a low temperature of 25 K. Since gas density varies inversely with temperature, this pump delivers much higher mass flow rate at low temperature than at room temperature for a given size. Advantages of this concept are reduction in size and weight, when compared to a conventional pump scaled for the same mass flow rate at room temperature. A temperature gradient between the different pumping stages allows optimization of the exhaust pressure. This pump would be a solution for continuous tritium extraction and minimization of the mass inventory for fusion tokomaks fuel cycle control.


Mass Flow Rate Pressure Ratio Inlet Pressure Friction Torque Magnetic Bearing 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. P. Périn
    • 1
  • J. J. Cordier
    • 2
  • R. Mathes
    • 3
  1. 1.Département de Recherche Fondamentale sur la MatièreC.E.A. GrenobleGrenoble Cédex 9France
  2. 2.Département de Recherche sur la Fusion Contrôlée/STEPC.E.A. CadaracheSaint Paul lez DuranceFrance
  3. 3.Division Technologie du VideALCATEL CITAnnecyFrance

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