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Maximized performance of Stirling cycle refrigerators.

Author(s) : BERCHOWITZ D. M.


Test points for evaluating the potential performance of free-piston Stirling coolers (FPSC) are discussed. Using optimized free convection heat exchangers for both the warm and cold sides together with an optimized FPSC, it is shown that significant performance gains are possible for well insulated one-temperature cabinets. Freezers and two-temperature cabinets are expected to have an even greater margin. An evaluation of current level FPSC technology shows that a 25% advantage for a 365 liter one-temperature vacuum insulated cabinet should be achievable.

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  • Original title: Maximized performance of Stirling cycle refrigerators.
  • Record ID : 1999-2944
  • Languages: English
  • Source: Natural Refrigerants, Energy Efficiency, Cost and Safety. Natural Working Fluids '98. IIR-Gustav Lorentzen Conference.
  • Publication date: 1998/06/02
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