Stirling And Pulse-tube Cryo-coolers : The Inside Story (Hardcover)

Author: Organ, Allan J.

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Modern technology calls increasingly for provision of cooling at cryogenic temperatures: super-conductivity research; imaging equipment for search-and-rescue; contemporary diagnostic medicine (MRI ? magnetic resonance imaging); space exploration; advanced computer hardware; military defence systems. Where it is desirable to generate the cooling effect close to the point of heat removal, electrically powered Stirling and pulse-tube machines offer advantages over traditional, passive systems (Leidenfrost and Joule-Thomson).

Until now there has been no agreed approach to the thermodynamic design of either type. In particular, the choice of regenerator packing has remained a matter for time-consuming ? and thus expensive ? trial-and-error development. There has been no way of knowing whether an existing ?fully developed? unit is performing to the limit of its thermodynamic potential.

Stirling and Pulse-tube Cryo-coolers addresses these problems.

Features include:

  • An ideal cycle for the pulse-tube yielding heat, mass-flow and work;
  • Previously unseen phenomena of real gas behaviour;
  • Pictorial reliefs of pressure wave interactions;
  • Multiple wave reflections in graphic perspective
  • First solution of the ?regenerator problem ? by a full, unsteady gas dynamics treatment;
  • First ever depiction of pulse-tube boundary-layer events (heat conduction, ?streaming?) driven by interacting left-and right-running pressure waves
  • First analysis of the graded regenerator and optimisation of gas path design;
  • Embryonic ?cook-book? method of ab initio cooler design based on dynamic similarity and thermodynamic scaling.

Stirling and Pulse-tube Cryo-coolers raises the threshold from which first-principles design of regenerative cryo-coolers may start. Those wishing to extend their study of the subject beyond the well-trodden, ideal gas/quasi-steady-state rationalisations will require this book.


Publisher John Wiley & Sons Inc
Mfg Part# 9781860584619
SKU 202382911
Format Hardcover
ISBN10 1860584616
Release Date 12/30/2004
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