July 10 2018
As common knowledge goes, Helium gas is used for purposes like blowing up balloons and making people talk like chipmunks. But unknown to most people, helium also plays an important role of a coolant for scientific instruments and medical devices.
Helium (symbol He)is a highly specialized product. It is the second most plentiful and second lightest element after hydrogen. With low molecular size and weight, high thermal conductivity and the lowest known boiling point, this gas is tasteless, odorless, colorless, non-explosive and chemically inactive. Helium is used to cool down the magnets of semiconductors used in modern electronic devices. It is also used in fibre optic cables responsible for giving us Cable TV and internet access.
Liquid Helium is the liquid form of the chemical element Helium. Helium exists in liquid form only at the extremely low temperature of -270° C. It is used in cryogenic (Cryogenic processing is the treatment and production of materials at a very low temperature) particularly in the cooling of superconducting magnets. Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) machines also use liquid Helium because of it cooling property. MRI machines are used in medical industry by doctors for diagnostic purposes. This is an extremely accurate method of disease detection throughout the body and is most often used after the other testing fails to provide sufficient information to confirm a patient's diagnosis. It identifies every disease from heart strokes and cancer to any heart damage and brain diseases. Liquid Helium is also used cool the superconducting equipment of particle accelerators.
Helium gas is extracted from earth and is commercially available from a very few sites. As a result, helium shortages are experienced around the world and it’s price depends heavily on demand and supply. Helium prices are increasing day by day and it has become important for customers to start conserving their helium or to put systems for recycling the helium being used in their process.
We, at MVS Engineering, supply Helium recovery and reliquefaction systems in partnership with the world leaders – Cryomech (USA). If you are confused about which liquid helium system will be perfect for your business activities, contact us. Our team will guide you to get the most out of your helium gas and liquid helium.