908-788-5550

Installation Instructions for the Model 951 GC Cryo-Trap on the HP 5890 Series GC

Home

Site Preparation

Connecting Liquid C02

The liquid C02 tank must be equipped with an internal eductor (dip) tube to ensure the delivery of liquid C02 rather than gas to the GC Cryo-Trap. DO NOT use a gas regulator on the C02 tank or anywhere in the liquid transfer line to the controller. The liquid is taken from the tank at full pressure. No insulation of the C02 line is required. Use 1/8" stainless steel tubing to transfer the liquid C02 from the tank to the 1/8" fitting on the back of the controller.

Installation of the GC Cryo-Trap on the H.P. 5890 Gas Chromatograph

Schematic of GC Cryo-Trap mounted inside GC Oven.

The GC-Cryo-Trap consists of two components; the Electronics Console and the Cryo-Trap Module. The Electronics Console is designed to sit on top of or in close proximity to the Gas Chromatograph (Fig. 2 and 3). The Cryo-Trap Module is designed to be mounted inside the GC oven just under the front injection port. A mounting bracket is clamped to the bottom of the injection port and the Cryo-Trap is then clamped to the mounting bracket. The only modification to the GC that is required is the removal of the GC injection port cover as explained below.

Figure # 6

Figure # 6 - Remove Protective covering over GC injection port inside GC oven.

Step 1

Begin by opening the GC oven door. The mounting bracket is to be mounted just under the injection port (Figure 6). Initial installation can best be accomplished with the GC column removed. However, installation can be accomplished with the column installed provided that extreme care is taken by the installer to avoid breaking the GC column. First, loosen the 2 screws (Figure 6) and remove the protective covering from beneath the injection port (Figure 7).

Figure # 7

Figure # 7 - Protective Cover removed from GC injection port.

Install the flat replacement protective cover supplied with the GC Cryo-Trap installation package (#900400) using the same two screws. (Figure 8)

Figure # 8

Figure # 8 - Install new flat protective cover on injection port.

Step 2

The Cryo-Trap mounting bracket is designed to clamp to the stem of the GC injection port fitting that attaches to the GC injection port (Figure 9) using the two hex head bolts.

Figure # 9

Figure # 9 - Installing mounting bracket to GC injection port.

Step 3

The Cryo-Trap horizontal positions are fixed, since the trap is aligned by the mounting bracket directly under the GC injection port. (Figure 9) To adjust the height of the Cryo-Trap, loosen the two knurled nuts on the Cryo-Trap mounting bracket. (Figure 10) The Cryo-Trap can then be positioned up and down within the Cryo-Trap mounting bracket. This will permit the easy installation and attachment of the capillary columns.

Figure # 10

Figure # 10 Adjusting height of GC Cryo-Trap in the mounting bracket

Step 4

Feed the Electrical lead up behind the Cryo-Trap module (Figure 11) and out through one of the exit ports in the GC oven. A convenient GC oven exit to use is the port for a second GC injection port. This second GC injection port exit is preferred due to its close proximity to the Cryo-Trap in the GC oven. Carefully move the insulation in this port to one side, or if preferred remove this plug of insulation for the easy passage of the electrical leads. Other exit ports such as spare detector ports could also be used.

Figure # 11

Figure # 11 - Feed electrical leads through GC oven wall.

CO2 line installation

Figure # 11-b - Installing CO2 line through GC oven wall.

Step 5

Next slide the 1/16" x 0.020" I.D. x 1.0 meter length of stainless steel tubing (part #9512300) through the same hole that the electrical lead exited from the GC oven. Do NOT cut this stainless steel tube or replace it with any other tubing. Its I.D. and length have been factory set to assure optimum operation of the Cryo-Trap. Other diameters or lengths of tubing will not perform the same, resulting in inadequate cooling or causing the Cryo-Trap module to form ice plugs at its exit. Attach the 1/16" nut from this cooling line to the bottom fitting of the Cryo-Trap module. Keep this stainless line and electrical line as short as possible inside the GC oven and position so as not to interfere with the GC column.

Figure # 12

Figure # 12 Attaching gas cooling line to GC Cryo-Trap

Use of the exhaust port is optional.

Avoid excess electrical cable hanging in the GC oven. Pass the electrical lead out to the exterior of the GC oven.

NOTE: The pictures show a copper line which is used in the LN2 version. Please follow the written description.

Step 6

Install the GC capillary column in the GC oven. Depending on whether the capillary column itself or a guard column is to be used for trapping in the cryo-trap, insert this capillary column inside the Cryo-Trap module from the bottom. If necessary loosen the Cryo-Trap clamp and slide the Cryo-Trap module upwards to allow more room for inserting the capillary column inside the Cryo-Trap module. If you have difficulty in finding the entrance hole at the bottom of the Cryo-Trap module, the Cryo-Trap module can be removed from the mounting clamp bracket and turned slightly sideways to better view the bottom of the Cryo-Trap module for insertion of the capillary tubing.

Figure # 13

Figure # 13 Attaching GC injection port fitting

Step 7

After the capillary column (or guard column) has been inserted through the Cryo-Trap module, attach the GC injection port fitting and appropriate column ferrule (Figure 13). The Cryo-Trap module can be lowered in the Cryo-Trap clamp to better facilitate the attachment of these fittings. It is also advisable to cut the end of the capillary off after the ferrule has been attached to avoid any possibility of ferrule contaminants from entering the column. Then slide the column up into the GC injection port the required distance and tighten the fitting and ferrule to hold the column in place.

Figure # 14

Figure # 14 Adjust gap between GC Cryo-Trap and GC injection port nut.

Step 8

When the capillary column has been attached, loosen the Cryo-Trap clamp and slide the Cryo-Trap module up to provide a gap of between 2 to 10 mm between the GC injection port capillary nut and the top of the Cryo-Trap (Figure 14). This will minimize the dead volume between the injection port and the Cryo-Trap module and still maintain a thermal barrier between the injection port and the Cryo-Trap module. Tighten the Cryo-Trap clamp to hold the Cryo-Trap module in place.

Step 9

If a guard column was used, cut the end of the guard column to within 25 mm from the bottom end of the Cryo-Trap module and join this end to the capillary column using an appropriate fitting. When joining most microbore capillary columns to megabore guard columns, the capillary column will slide inside the guard column for 10 to 20 mm to minimize any possibility of active metal surfaces being exposed to the samples being analyzed.

Note: We prefer to use the SGE low dead volume unions for this connection.

Step 10

Tighten all fittings and attach the other end of the column to the detector or Mass Spectrometer.

Electronic Control Connections

Step 11

Attach the lead from the Cryo-Trap module to the connector labeled "Cryo-Trap" on the back of the Cryo-Trap Electronics console and attach the thermocouple to its labeled connector (Figure 15).

Figure 15

Figure # 15 - Back of GC Cryo-Trap Electronics Unit

NOTE: The back panel of the Cryo-Trap controller has a plug labeled "Remote Start". This allows the switching of the Cryo-Trap between the cool and heat modes from a remote device. The remote start cable #782014 which is included in the installation package can be used for connection to the SIS Short Path Thermal Desorption System or other instrument for remote switching of the Cryo-Trap. If you desire to control the Cryo-Trap from the GC then the "Mode Switching Cable #951500 which is included with the installation kit is utilized. See the section in the rear of this manual on instructions for installation of the Mode Switch Cable.

Step 12

Connect the 1/16" stainless Steel capillary tubing from the Cryo-Trap module to the 1/16" fitting on the back of the Electronics Control (labeled "CO2 Out"). Do NOT cut this stainless steel tube or replace it with any other tubing. Its I.D. and length have been factory set to assure optimum operation of the Cryo-Trap. Other diameters or lengths of tubing will not perform the same, resulting in inadequate cooling or causing the Cryo-Trap to form ice plugs at its exit.

Step 13

Connect the 1/8" stainless steel tubing from your source of liquid C02 to the 1/8" fitting on the back of the Electronics Control (labeled "CO2 In"). A source of liquid C02 with a dip stick to provide liquid C02 to the system should be used with the Cryo-Trap. This tank can be placed up to 50 feet away from the Cryo-Trap.

For instruction on the operation of the GC Cryo-Trap - see the Operating Instructions.