Large volume liquid helium relief device verifacation apparatus for the alpha magnetic spectrometer Conference Paper uri icon


  • Here we present details of an experiment for verifying the liquid helium vessel relief device for the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer-02 (AMS-02). The relief device utilizes a series of rupture discs designed to open in the event of a vacuum failure of the AMS-02 cryogenic system. A failure of this type is classified to be a catastrophic loss of insulating vacuum accident. This apparatus differs from other approaches due to the size of the test volumes used. The verification apparatus consists of a 250 liter vessel used for the test quantity of liquid helium that is located inside a vacuum insulated vessel. A large diameter valve is suddenly opened to simulate the loss of insulating vacuum in a repeatable manner. Pressure and temperature vs. time data are presented and discussed in the context of the AMS-02 hardware configuration. © 2012 American Institute of Physics.

author list (cited authors)

  • Klimas, R. J., McIntyre, P., Colvin, J., Zeigler, J., Van Sciver, S., & Ting, S.

publication date

  • January 1, 2012 11:11 AM


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