Development of a switchless sorption compressor for the cryogenic refrigeration within the METIS instrument: Part II. Experimental demonstration

Y. Wu*, C. H. Vermeer, H. J. Holland, B. Benthem, H. J.M. ter Brake

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Abstract

Due to its vibration-free feature, sorption-based refrigeration technology has been proposed for the cryogenic cooling of the Mid-infrared E-ELT Imager and Spectrograph (METIS) instrument in the European Extremely Large Telescope. Sorption compressor is the most critical component in the METIS sorption refrigerator. A switchless sorption compressor has been designed for replacing the conventional gas-gap heat switch design. In this paper, the METIS switchless sorption compressor is validated in an experimental setup with a down-scaled version. The detailed design of the sorption compressor is introduced and the experimental setup is described. Then, the experimental procedures and results are discussed, including single-cell operation, multi-cell operation, and verification of the effects of the aluminum-foil inserts, the cycle time and the heat-sink temperature on the compressor performance. Finally, the experimental result showed good agreement with the simulations, and the deviation from the simulation to the measurement is caused by the model input inaccuracy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)529-540
Number of pages12
JournalInternational journal of refrigeration
Volume82
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2017

Keywords

  • Cryogenic refrigeration
  • Cryogenics
  • E-ELT
  • Heat switch
  • METIS
  • Sorption compressor

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