June 28, 2015 to July 2, 2015
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Performance Testing of a 15K Pulse Tube Cooler for Space Applications

Jun 29, 2015, 11:00 AM
Tucson Ballroom IJ

Tucson Ballroom IJ

Contributed Oral Presentation CEC-04 - Cryocoolers (Aerospace) C1OrD - Low Temperature Aerospace Cryocoolers


James Butterworth (Air Liquide Advanced Technologies)


Air Liquide has been working with ESA, CEA and Thales Cryogenics since 2010 to design, manufacture and test a 15K Pulse Tube Cooler system. This cooler is particularly adapted to the pre-cooling needs of cryogenic chains designed to reach 0.1-0.05K for focal plane cooling on scientific space missions such as ATHENA. The cooler is designed to provide cooling power >0.3W at temperatures from 15 to 18K with an electrical power budget less than 300W (excluding electronics) and a 288K rejection temperature. Significant cooling power at an intermediate temperature (typically 80-100K) is also available. The design includes two cold fingers mounted on a common warm flange driven by a single high power compressor (240W PV power) specially developed for this application. The first cold finger is used to pre-cool the second, low temperature stage. An Engineering Model has been manufactured and the design and test results will be presented in this paper.

Primary author

James Butterworth (Air Liquide Advanced Technologies)


Mr Clément Chassaing (Air Liquide Advanced Technologies) Mr Garmt de Jonge (Thales Cryogenics, Eindhoven) Mr Gérald Aigouy (Air Liquide Advanced Technologies) Dr Ivan Charles (SBT, UMR-E CEA / UJF-Grenoble 1) Mr Jeroen Mullié (Thales Cryogenics, Eindhoven) Mr Martin Linder (European Space Agency) Dr Sylvain Martin (Air Liquide Advanced Technologies) jean-marc duval (SBT, UMR-E CEA / UJF-Grenoble 1)

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