The 70 MPa syringe pump system can be used in conjunction with various sample cells to enable neutron scattering experiments requiring either gas or liquid pressures up to 70 MPa. During the unscheduled outage, both the hardware and software of the 70 MPa syringe pump system were upgraded to improve efficiency and enable new research capabilities.
An additional large-volume syringe pump was added to reduce the waiting time needed to boost the gas pressure. The gas manifold was upgraded to manage the three syringe pumps using automatic valves. The software is being improved to automate the new capabilities and allow experiments that weren’t previously possible. This unique design will also reduce the required amounts of expensive deuterated gas needed for some experiments.
The upgraded system will now allow the study of gas/liquid permeability in porous materials and the selective gas adsorption/desorption under a constant gas flow. It will also reduce the number of booster stages required for gases that are only commercially available at relatively low pressure and volumes.