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The CCL specializes in cryogenic research utilizing liquid hydrogen, oxygen and nitrogen.


C-2004-1198: Construction of the CCL Overview of the construction of CCL

The Cryogenic Components Laboratory at NASA’s Plum Brook Station located in Sandusky, OH is a new, state-of-the-art facility for research, development and qualification of cryogenic materials, components and systems.
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The Cryogenic Components Laboratory (CCL) is a new, state-of-the-art facility for research, development and qualification of cryogenic materials, components and systems. CCL specializes in cryogenic research utilizing liquid hydrogen, oxygen and nitrogen. The CCL is a complex of buildings and systems that is ideally suited for high-energy, high-risk development of cryogenic systems.

The Cryogenic Components Laboratory (CCL) consists of four individual test cells and areas. Cell 1 is dedicated for liquid oxygen (LOx) and liquid nitrogen (LN2) cryogenic tests while Cell 2 is dedicated for liquid hydrogen (LH2) tests. Also provided at the CCL is a large outdoor area for propellant densification studies, including the use of existing high volume throughput LOx and LH2 densification systems developed by GRC. A fourth area provides for remote pressure testing of pressure vessels and systems at high pressures.

The Densification Area is a 5000 ft2 concrete paved area for the installation and operation of propellant densification systems. This area can be supplied with either liquid oxygen or liquid hydrogen flows. The Densification Area uses a stand-alone PLC system and shares the CCL Pacific Instruments™ data acquisition system.

Operations are conducted from a new, state-of-the-art Central Control Building. The 7,500 ft2 control building houses a large control room, office and conference spaces and storage facilities. Also provided are general assembly, instrumentation and machine shop areas. A 485 ft2 HEPA-filtered build-up room is provided for projects requiring contamination-free assembly.
 
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