Continuous flow cryostat transfer lines

FHT-ST Flexible Helium Transfer Line SuperTran

These FHT-ST replacement  SuperTran or SuperTran-VP cryostat high-efficiency transfer lines include a built-in flow valve and a charcoal cryopump. These transfer lines are optimized for use with continuous flow style cryostats and are not suitable for transferring large volumes of liquid helium.

Looking for transfer lines for transferring large volumes of liquid helium? Please visit the FHT transfer line page.

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FHT-ST form diagram

Three available models

FHT-ST-25-56

Continuous flow flexible liquid helium transfer line for use with ST-500 cryostats and ST-500-based probe stations, including:

  • 20 in long, 0.25 in diameter delivery leg
  • 56 in long, 0.5 in diameter withdrawal leg
  • 72 in flexible section and 0.06 in OD inner helium line
  • Vent hole in withdrawal leg 33 in from end to prevent Taconis oscillations

FHT-ST-38-56

Continuous flow flexible liquid helium transfer line for use with all other ST and STVP cryostats (including ST-500-UC), including:

  • 20 in long, 0.375 in diameter delivery leg
  • 56 in long, 0.5 in diameter withdrawal leg
  • 72 in flexible section and 0.06 in OD inner helium line
  • Vent hole in withdrawal leg 33 in from end to prevent Taconis oscillations

FHT-ST-CUSTOM

Custom SuperTran line. Vacuum insulated flexible line to transfer liquid from storage Dewar to apparatus.

Specifications for all FHT-ST transfer line models

General

Bend radius of the flexible portion: 305 mm (12 in) minimum radius
Flow control valve included for control of helium flow

Flow rate

All transfer lines tested to a minimum of 700 cc/min gas flow check at 5 psi

Vacuum

NW 25 evacuation port on all transfer line configurations

Recommended maintenance: evacuate the transfer line with a turbopump capable of 10-6 Torr for a minimum of 12 h when performance degradation is noticed
NOTE: The use of liquid nitrogen makes any vacuum degradation more apparent, requiring more frequent maintenance

Cryostat compatibility

CryostatTransfer line modelDelivery leg ODDelivery leg lengthHelium consumption (mL/h) at 5 KBase temperature (K)
ST-100/ST-100-HFHT-ST-38-569.53 mm (0.375 in)0.51 m (20 in)6002
ST-300/ST-300-CFHT-ST-38-569.53 mm (0.375 in)0.51 m (20 in)6002
ST-400/ST-400-HFHT-ST-CUSTOM

9.53 mm (0.375 in) or 12.7 mm (0.5 in)

127 mm (5 in) to 1.5 m (60 in), increments of 2.5 mm (0.1 in) allowed; default 0.51 m (20 in)6002
ST-500FHT-ST-25-566.35 mm (0.25 in)0.51 m (20 in)11003.5
ST-500-CFHT-ST-38-569.53 mm (0.375 in)0.51 m (20 in)2500 at 6 K<6
ST-FTIRFHT-ST-38-569.53 mm (0.375 in)0.51 m (20 in)600<2.5
STVP-100/STVP-100-THFHT-ST-38-569.53 mm (0.375 in)0.51 m (20 in)1300<2
STVP-FTIRFHT-ST-38-569.53 mm (0.375 in)0.51 m (20 in)1300<2
STVP-NMRFHT-ST-38-569.53 mm (0.375 in)0.51 m (20 in)1400<2


Dewar compatibility

DewarTransfer line modelWithdrawal leg ODWithdrawal leg lengthDewar capacity
LN-50FHT-ST-25-5612.7 mm (0.5 in)1.4 m (56 in)50 L
CF-100FHT-ST-25-5612.7 mm (0.5 in)1.4 m (56 in)100 L
LN-50FHT-ST-38-5612.7 mm (0.5 in)1.4 m (56 in)50 L
CF-100FHT-ST-38-5612.7 mm (0.5 in)1.4 m (56 in)100 L

International standards and safety systems

None

Environmental

Ambient temperature: 15 to 35 °C (59 to 95 °F)

Humidity: 55% ±10% (non-condensing)

Included equipment

O-ring compression seal to adapt to standard helium Dewars

Supplemental equipment

Required for operation: vacuum pump, preferably a turbopump capable of reaching 10-6 Torr
Optional: If a turbopump is unavailable, a two-stage rotary pump capable of reaching 10-3 Torr is adequate as long as the pumping time is long (>1 day)

Shipping weight and size

Shipping weight: 8.6 kg (19 lb)

Shipping crate size: 1.7 m (68 in) × 0.6 m (24 in) × 0.1 m (4 in)