15 December 2000 Performance enhancement of linear stirling cryocoolers
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Abstract
Performance and reliability parameters of the AIM Stirling coolers have been presented in several previous publications. This paper focuses on recent developments at AIM for the COP improvement of cryocoolers in IR-detectors and systems applications. Improved COP of cryocoolers is a key for optimized form factors, weight and reliability. In addition, some systems are critical for minimum input power and consequently minimum electromagnetic interference or magnetic stray fields, heat sinking or minimum stress under high g-level, etc. Although performance parameters and loss mechanism are well understood and can be calculated precisely, several losses still had been excessive and needed to be minimized. The AIM program is based on the SADA I cryocooler, which now is optimized to carry 4.3 W net heat load at 77K. As this program will lead into applications on a space platform, in a next step AIM is introducing flexure bearings and in a final step, an advanced pulse tube cold head will be implemented. The performance of the SADA II cooler is also improved by using the same tools and methods than used for the performance increase of the SADA I cooler by a factor of two. The main features are summarized together with measured or calculated performance data.
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Herbert Korf, Ingo Ruehlich, Th. Wiedmann, "Performance enhancement of linear stirling cryocoolers", Proc. SPIE 4130, Infrared Technology and Applications XXVI, (15 December 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.409879; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.409879
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