Implementing a bidirectional impulse turbine into a thermoacoustic refrigerator

Michael A.G. Timmer*, Kees De Blok, Theo H. van der Meer

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A thermoacoustic model is used to efficiently implement a bidirectional impulse turbine into a thermoacoustic refrigerator. Experiments are done for several gas types and mean pressures to identify its influence on the turbine efficiency. A scaling is investigated in an attempt to provide a unique function of the turbine efficiency for all operating conditions. Furthermore, the ratio of acoustic power absorbed by the turbine over to the total amount of available power is examined for varying conditions. Finally, the results are used to present a case study in which the turbine is used to drive the fluid pumps of the device. The remaining acoustic power is used for cooling, thus providing an off-grid thermoacoustic refrigerator that works purely with low-grade heat as an input.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1703-1712
Number of pages10
JournalThe Journal of the Acoustical Society of America
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 23 Sept 2020


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