Cooling with thermoacoustics.

Author(s) : SCHWENN E.

Type of article: Periodical article


The interaction between acoustics and thermodynamics has been recognised since Laplace and Newton argued about the compressibility of air particles determining the speed of sound. If sound waves can produce compression and expansion of molecules in an inert gas, the resultant temperature change can be picked up by heat exchange surfaces. This technology has been used to produce cooling in the US space shuttle, Discovery. Various researchers are probing the possibilities in other heat pump and refrigeration fields. D.W.H.


  • Original title: Cooling with thermoacoustics.
  • Record ID : 1993-2631
  • Languages: English
  • Source: Serv. Rep. - 1; 26; 1 phot.
  • Publication date: 1992/06
  • Document available for consultation in the library of the IIR headquarters only.


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