Cryocoolers 11 pp 317-326 | Cite as

Design of a Miniature Pulse Tube Refrigerator

  • A. Halouane
  • J -C Marechal
  • Y. Simon


Using a miniature pulse tube refrigerator and a RICOR compressor of 1cc swept volume, we have achieved a lowest temperature of 80 K at which the cooling power is 1W.

The main purpose of this paper is to explain the rules used to design each component of a miniature PTR: regenerator, tube, reservoir, heat exchangers, and valves. The regenerator will be investigated in the following two ways: Firstly, a complete hydrodynamic study (based on mass and momentum conservation). Secondly, a thermal study of the system based on energy conservation in the gas and the matrix. These allowed the computation of the gas temperature profile in the regenerator and in the tube. The losses of the system were deduced.


Heat Exchanger Mass Flow Rate Pressure Amplitude Dead Volume Pulse Tube 
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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 2002

Authors and Affiliations

  • A. Halouane
    • 2
  • J -C Marechal
    • 1
  • Y. Simon
    • 1
  1. 1.Ecole Normale SuperieureParisFrance
  2. 2.French Institute of PetroleumRueil-Malmaison cedexFrance

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