An Apparatus for the Measurement of Regenerator Performance in Pulse Tube Refrigerators

  • Wayne Rawlins
  • Ray Radebaugh
Part of the Advances in Cryogenic Engineering book series (ACRE, volume 35)


This paper discusses the design and construction of an apparatus to measure the ineffectiveness of regenerators used for pulse tube refrigerators. Because of the fairly large mass flow rates which occur in pulse tube refrigerators, the regenerator ineffectiveness must be made quite small. The apparatus described here allows for the measurement of the regenerator’s heat loss under actual operating conditions in a pulse tube refrigerator. A low temperature heat sink of liquid nitrogen is used since it approximates the temperatures normally achieved in a one-stage pulse tube.


Heat Exchanger Void Volume Pulse Tube Pulse Tube Refrigerator Cryogenic Engineer 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1990

Authors and Affiliations

  • Wayne Rawlins
    • 1
  • Ray Radebaugh
    • 1
  1. 1.Chemical Engineering Science Division National Institute of Standards and Technology BoulderUSA

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