Jul 9 – 13, 2017
Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center
US/Central timezone

Pulse tube phase shifter with separating membrane

Jul 12, 2017, 9:00 AM
Exhibit Hall AB

Exhibit Hall AB


Mr Jean-Marc duval (CEA)


The inertance of Stirling type pulse tube coolers is an efficient solution for the phase shifter in the 50 – 80 K cooling range. For lower temperature, and especially below 20 K, the phase shifting effect required for the most efficient operation cannot be reached using only inertance. We propose here a new type of phase shifter based on the use of an inertance filled with a high density fluid such as a liquid or high density gas. This design requires the use of a sealed metallic diaphragm to separate the fluid operating in the cold finger from the inertance fluid. The operation has been validated on an 8 K pulse tube cooler. These results demonstrates the capabilities of this setup. Long term operation of the metallic seal membrane has been validated on a dedicated test bench and studies have been made to make the use of this phase shifter possible for space application.

Primary authors

Mr Jean-Marc duval (CEA) Dr Ivan Charles (SBT, UMR-E CEA / UJF-Grenoble 1) Mr Jérôme André (CNES) Mr Christophe Daniel (CNES)

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