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Extending the operating temperature range of flexure-spring linear-drive cryocoolers
Author(s): Richard M. Rawlings
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Paper Abstract

In the mid-1990's, DRS Infrared Technologies began an effort to extend the application of flexure spring technology into cryogenic coolers being supplied for tactical military applications. Previous papers have explored the design challenges and reported performance, life, and environmental testing results. In addition, DRS has now extended the flexure spring design into cryocoolers designed to operate in high ambient temperature ranges previously deemed too severe for linear drive cryocoolers. This paper discusses the design considerations that must be addressed at these high temperatures. Performance and test results for one such cooler, designed for a U.S. Navy threat warning sensor, with cryocooler case temperatures of 120°C, are presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 30 August 2004
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 5406, Infrared Technology and Applications XXX, (30 August 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.548887
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Richard M. Rawlings, DRS Infrared Technologies, LP (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5406:
Infrared Technology and Applications XXX
Bjorn F. Andresen; Gabor F. Fulop, Editor(s)

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