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    DIY Junior Member andy81563's Avatar
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    Default Cryogenic Pump

    I have an application that involves the use of a cold liquid for heat transfer. It is d-Limonene and is at approx. -140 F. I want to circulate this material from a holding tank across the coils of the cooling system. I really only need a gentle movement of this material but I need to maintain the low temperature. What kind of pump can I employ that will circulate the liquid yet not warm up the liquid with the pump motor?

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    The experience on this site is mostly with pumping water at say 35+F, so I don't know how much feedback you will get. A couple things, though:

    1. The pump needs to be designed to work under these conditions. The seals, plastic, etc. of a pump designed to move water is not going to stand up to temperatures of -140F.

    2. The pump will always add some heat to the fluid. It could be a small amount of heat, but there will be some. You are doing work on the fluid but moving it around, so that means friction, which equals heat. There will also normally be some heat from the motor itself to the fluid. However, this may be minimized if the pump motor has its own liquid cooling.

    You will need to see what is out there in terms of cryo pumps. Do you know the flowrate or other specs for this cooling system? How much energy do you need to remove?

    Good luck.

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    DIY Senior Member Smooky's Avatar
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    Flowserv may have a pump that will work for you. Here are links to cryogenic pumps that they sell. You may need to contact them for your project.



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