Helium (He) is a chemical element that belongs to the Group Noble Gas in the periodic table, and it is the second lightest element known to man. Helium is a colorless, odorless, non-combustible, and chemically inert gas that is naturally produced underground through the radioactive decay of uranium and thorium. While helium is most commonly known for its use in party balloons, it has various other important applications.
In the medical field, helium is an essential cooling gas for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) machines, which help to detect tumors and tissue abnormalities. Divers also use helium mixed with oxygen or nitrogen to form diving gases for performing activities in deep water. Helium is also widely used in the fiber optics industry to produce highly purified glass preform, which is used for manufacturing fiber optic cables.
Helium also plays a vital role in welding applications, where it is used as a pure gas or mixed with other gases to act as a shielding gas for arc welding. This promotes deeper welding penetration and faster welding speed, making it ideal for industrial purposes.
Ace Gases offers various modes of supply for Helium to meet the diverse needs of customers. One mode of supply is compressed gas cylinders, which are available in a range of sizes to suit different applications and usage rates. These cylinders are easy to transport and store, making them ideal for customers who require smaller quantities of Helium. Another mode of supply is liquid Helium, which is supplied in cryogenic liquid cylinders or dewars. This mode of supply is suitable for customers who require larger quantities of Helium and have the infrastructure to store and handle cryogenic liquids safely. Ace Gases also offers bulk Helium supply, which involves the installation of a bulk tank at the customer’s site. This mode of supply is suitable for customers with high Helium consumption rates who require a continuous and reliable supply of Helium.
Helium is widely used in the medical field as a cooling gas for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) machines. It is also used in cryosurgery, cryopreservation, and respiratory therapies.
Helium is mixed with other gases like oxygen or nitrogen to create breathing gases for deep-sea diving. These breathing gases help divers to prevent nitrogen narcosis and decompression sickness.
Fiber Optics Industry
Helium is used in the production of highly purified glass preform, which is further used to manufacture optical fibers. Helium helps in maintaining the high-quality optical fiber, making it an important element in the fiber optics industry.
Helium is used as a shielding gas for arc welding to promote deeper welding penetration and greater welding speed. It is used as a pure gas or mixed with other gases like argon or carbon dioxide.
Helium is used as a coolant in rocket engines and as a lifting gas in balloons and airships. It is also used as a purge gas in the production of spacecraft components.
Helium is used as a cooling medium for various scientific instruments like nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) and particle accelerators.