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CCC

CUBIC CRYOGENIC CHAMBER (C3)

The first cryostat of the lab, the Cubic Cryo Chamber (CCC) was inspired by modular cryostat designs in the Pellet Fueling of Fusion Plasmas group at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The general utility of CCC is awesome, as exemplified by the diversity of experiments it has completed over the years.

 

CHEF

CRYO-CATALYSIS HYDROGEN EXPERIMENTAL FACILITY

Commercial liquid hydrogen use suffers from significant boil-off. CHEF aims to minimize these losses from terrestrial and space applications.

 

CRAFT

CRYOGENIC ACCELERATED FATIGUE TESTING

The HYPER lab has designed the first fully electric load frame capable of simulating tension, compression, and fatigue tests of polymeric materials.

 

ORF

THE FIRST HYDROGEN REFUELING STATION IN WASHINGTON STATE

Current refueling stations use large hydrogen compressors to achieve this pressure.  They are expensive and break often. Here at Washington State University, a new method, called cryogenic thermal compression, is being tested by students. Soon, we will have the first refueling station in Washington State.

 

Tank

Lightweight 3D-printed LH2 Tank

The ultimate goal: liquid hydrogen powered UAVs. The objective of this innovative research is to demonstrate the cryogenic compatibility of 3D printed polymers that will not only benefit liquid hydrogen fueling solutions for UAVs, but also the manufacture of complex parts for medical devices and spacecraft components that require operation and strength in cryogenic environments.

 

TITAN

AFTER THE MOON OF SATURN

The TITAN cryostat was named after Ian Richardson completed measurements simulating the seas on this moon of Saturn. TITAN is our cryostat for precision thermophysical property measurements.

 

TFRB

THERMAL FLUIDS RESEARCH BUILDING (TFRB) SUITE 113

The HYPER lab annexed TFRB suite 113 in 2013 to house a major donation of hydrogen embrittlement testing equipment from NASA Marshall.The primary space includes several office and work spaces, in addition to a large attic space for storage.

 

ETRL

ENGINEERING TEACHING AND RESEARCH LABORATORY (ETRL) 221

Since the fall of 2010, ETRL 221 has been home to the HYdrogen Properties for Energy Research (HYPER) Lab. As the name implies, this research lab focuses on utilizing hydrogen for energy applications with an emphasis on cryogenic (liquid and solid) hydrogen.