Cryocoolers 8 pp 437-448 | Cite as

Active Multi-Axis Vibration Cancellation for Split-Stirling Cryocoolers

  • S. A. Collins
  • J. D. Paduano
  • A. H. von Flotow


Many proposed spacecraft-borne instruments rely on miniature Stirling cryocoolers for focal plane cooling; a significant drawback of these coolers is the vibration induced by the reciprocating motion of the cooler’s internal components. This paper describes an active vibration cancellation system for the expander of a Hughes split-Stirling cryocooler. A multi-axis electrodynamic actuator counters the axial force and two lateral torques generated by the cooler. The actuator is driven by a frequency-tracking narrowband controller to null error signals obtained from load cells. The controller is composed of a parallel arrangement of analog modules to handle multiple harmonics. In a single-axis cancellation test, the cross-axis coupling of the actuator is found to be significant compared to the multi-axis content of the cooler vibration. However, this coupling is shown to have little effect on a multi-axis cancellation system.


Axial Force Reference Signal Adaptive Filter Loop Transfer Function Multiple Harmonic 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1995

Authors and Affiliations

  • S. A. Collins
    • 1
  • J. D. Paduano
    • 1
  • A. H. von Flotow
    • 2
  1. 1.Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyCambridgeUSA
  2. 2.Hood Technology CorporationHood RiverUSA

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