Above: A tool allowing HAZMAT operators to crimp and seal stainless steel tubing to a low leak rate.
Top Image: Team members from left to right: Shazwan Azri, Yi Zeng, Hunter Hach, Rob Drevno, Noah Vickers, Luke Tharpe, McKay Snow.
This project provides a prototype tool allowing HAZMAT operators to crimp and seal ⅛" stainless steel tubing to a leak rate less than 10-4 cc/s at 100 psi. The tool body fits within a 3" cube and is manually operated by removable 6" handles. Utilizing a planetary gear set driving a cam mechanism, the tool achieves an output force over 2,000 lbs.
Sponsored by Los Alamos National Laboratory