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Jacobs S.,Astronautics Technology Center | Auringer J.,Astronautics Technology Center | Boeder A.,Astronautics Technology Center | Chell J.,Astronautics Technology Center | And 4 more authors.
International Journal of Refrigeration | Year: 2014

Astronautics has constructed a large-scale rotary magnetic refrigerator which was designed to provide 2 kW of cooling power over a temperature span of 12 K with Electrical Coefficient Of Performance (COPe) > 2. The system uses a NdFeB magnet assembly with peak field of 1.44 T which rotates over twelve beds arranged circumferentially. Each bed was packed with six layers of LaFeSiH of different Curie temperatures, chosen to optimize system performance over the desired span. We report here on the performance of this system at flow rates ranging from 12.5 to 21.2 L min-1. At the largest flow rate, the system produced 3042 W of cooling power at zero span and peak performance of 2502 W over a span of 11 K. To our knowledge, this represents the largest cooling power yet observed for a magnetic refrigeration system. We show that the measured performance is in good agreement with theoretical prediction. © 2013 Elsevier Ltd and IIR. All rights reserved. Source

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