Indium Wire and Cryogenic Sealing

Indium wire is ideal for many sealing applications, especially cryogenic sealing.  There are two main advantages to using indium wire in your cryogenic sealing applications:  

  • It remains malleable at cryogenic temperatures
  • It is soft and pliable so it fills imperfections in mating metal surfaces and creates a hermetic seal

Most materials used for sealing that work at standard operating temperatures will crack and break at the -150C cryogenic temperatures.

Often cryogenic, or any sealing, applications require that a seal be made inside a channel or other feature that isn't always flat and smooth.  To illustrate how this works with indium, I used a piece of indium foil to show how it conforms to the surface of this penny.

Read more about indium metal in general or indium wire in particular.
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Carol Gowans
June 2011