Development of a 15 K hydrogen-based sorption cooler

J.F. Burger, H.J. Holland, R.J. Meijer, M. Linder, H.J.M. ter Brake

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At the University of Twente, a 15 K hydrogen-based sorption cooler is under development, which has no moving parts and, therefore, is essentially vibration-free. Moreover, it has the potential of a very long life. Although the cooler may operate standalone, it is designed to precool a helium-based sorption cooler thats establishes 5 mW at 4.5 K, requiring a cooling power of 25 mW at the hydrogen stage. Both coolers use microporous activated carbon as the adsorption material. The combination of these two cooler stages needs a total of 5.4 W of input power and is heat sunk at two passive radiators at temperatures of about 50 K and 90 K (1.9 W and 3.5 W, respectively). We developed and built a demonstrator of the helium cooler under a previous ESA-TRP contract, and in 2008 we started a new ESA-sponsored project aiming at the development of the hydrogen stage. In the paper, the preliminary design of this hydrogen-cooler is presented, along with introductory experiments on its Joule-Thomson cold stage. © 2010 American Institute of Physics.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTransactions of the Cryogenic Engineering Conference—CEC
Subtitle of host publicationAdvances in Cryogenic Engineering
EditorsJ.G. Weisend
PublisherAmerican Institute of Physics
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)978-0-7354-0761-9
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Event2009 Cryogenic Engineering Conference and International Cryogenic Materials Conference, CEC-ICMC - Tucson, United States
Duration: 28 Jun 20092 Jul 2009

Publication series

NameAIP conference proceedings
PublisherAmerican Institute of Physics
ISSN (Print)0094-243X


Conference2009 Cryogenic Engineering Conference and International Cryogenic Materials Conference, CEC-ICMC
Abbreviated titleCEC-ICMC
Country/TerritoryUnited States


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