Current research projects

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Image Calibration of Low Temperature Sensors
Image Testzentrum PLWP at ILK Dresden
Image Reducing the filling quantity
Image Micro heat exchangers in refrigeration
Image Investigation of material-dependent parameters
Image Solar Cooling
Image Innovative Parahydrogen Generator Based on Magnets
Image Investigation of materials
Image Thermostatic Expansion Valves
Image Micro fluidic expansion valve
Image State of system and failure analyses
Image Cool Up
Image Low temperature – test facilities
Image Low noise and non metallic liquid-helium cryostat
Image Influenced melting point of water by magnetic field

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Hydrogen and methane testing field at the ILK

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Dr. Andreas Kade

+49-351-4081-5117

Simultaneously pressures up to 1,000 bar, temperatures down to –253°C

ILK Dresden operates an innovative testing ground for cryogenic high-pressure applications with hydrogen (H2), methane (CH4), and methane–hydrogen mixtures. With this, different services can be offered, among other things:

  • Test and qualification of components at temperatures ranging from 20 K (−253 °C) to room temperature and pressures ranging from high vacuum to 1000 bar (e.g. test of sealings, permeation tests).
  • Investigation of charge and discharge processes at cryogenic or room-temperature-operated storage systems for hydrogen and methane (e.g. adsorber storage systems, cryo-compressed hydrogen).
  • Investigation of catalyst materials for the ortho–para conversion of hydrogen.
  • Long-time thermal charging of components and materials in hydrogen or methane atmosphere at up to +200 °C and up to 160 bar for investigating degradation effects (e.g. hydrogen embrittlement).
  • Development of different hydrogen and methane components (e.g. recooling systems, latent-heat storage systems, cryogenic pressure storage systems, heat exchangers, cryogenic pumps).
  • Realisation of complete-system solutions for hydrogen and methane.

The following diagram depicts the specific storage density that can be achieved depending on temperature and pressure:


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Further Projects - Research and Development

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Electrical components in refrigeration circuits

High voltage tests under real conditions

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Influenced melting point of water by magnetic field

Controlled sub-cooling of products in freezing processes

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Non- invasive flow measurements

PDPA - flow fields and particle sizes

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Computational fluid dynamics CFD

Scientific analysis of flows