Low temperature thermal conductivity of Ti6Al4V alloy

Year: 2008

Authors: Risegari L., Barucci M., Lolli L., Ventura G.

Autors Affiliation: Dipartimento di Fisica, Universita\’ di Firenze, Via G. Sansone 1, 50019 Sesto Fiorentino, Italy

Abstract: The CUORE detector, to be installed in 2010 at LNGS, is made of 988 TeO 2 crystals to be cooled to 10 mK. It consists of a large cryogen-free cryostat cooled by five pulse tubes and one high-power specially designed dilution refrigerator (R. Ardito et al. in (ttp://arxiv.org/abs/hep-ex/0501010, 2005). The cryostat is ~3 m high and has a diameter of ~1.6 m. About 5 tons of lead shielding are to be cooled to below 1 K and a mass of 1.5 ton must be cooled to 10 mK. Sometie-rods sustain the different parts of the experiment. One end of each rod is at low temperature (10 mK for the detector frame, 50 mK for the coldest radiation shield, 700 mK for the shield linked to the still) with the other end usually at room temperature. A thermalization of the rods at the temperature of the first stage of the pulse tubes will be realized. Hence the value of the thermal conductivity of the material up to room temperature is important. At the lowest temperatures, the thermal conductivity has great influence in establishing the thermal load on the dilution refrigerator. The thermal conductivity of the structural material candidates for such tie-rods is usually known down to 4.2 K. Here we present data of thermal conductivity for the Ti6Al4V alloy below its superconductive transition temperature (4.38 K). A comparison over the full temperature range of operation is also done with other materials, such as 316 stainless steel and Torlon, candidates for the realization of the tie-rods.

Journal/Review: JOURNAL OF LOW TEMPERATURE PHYSICS

Volume: 151 (3-4 PART 2)      Pages from: 645  to: 649

KeyWords: Cryogenic supports; Low temperature thermal conductivity; Room temperature, Cryogenics; Cryostats; Low temperature properties; Superconducting transition temperature; Thermal conductivity; Thermal load, Titanium alloys
DOI: 10.1007/s10909-008-9726-5

Citations: 5
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