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Air Liquide's pulse tube cryocooler systems for space applications
Author(s): T. Trollier; J. Tanchon; J. C. Rey; A. Ravex; J. Buquet
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Thanks to important development efforts completed internally and with the European Space Agency (ESA) funding, Air Liquide Advanced Technology Division (AL/DTA) is now in position to propose two Pulse Tube cooler systems in the 40-80K temperature range for coming Earth Observation missions such as Meteosat Third Generation (MTG), SIFTI, etc... The Miniature Pulse Tube Cooler (MPTC) is lifting up to 2.47W@80K with 50W maximal compressor input power and 10°C rejection temperature. The weight is 2.8 kg. The Large Pulse Tube Cooler (LPTC) is providing 2.3W@50K for 160W input power and 10°C rejection temperature. This product is weighing 5.1 kg. The two pulse tube coolers thermo-mechanical units are qualified against environmental constraints as per ESA ECSS-E-30. They are both using dual opposed pistons flexure bearing compressor with moving magnet linear motors in order to ensure very high lifetime. The associated Cooler Drive Electronics is also an important aspect specifically regarding the active control of the cooler thermo-mechanical unit during the launch phase and the active reduction of the vibrations induced by the compressor (partly supported by the French Agency CNES). This paper details the presentation of the two Pulse Tube Coolers together with the Cooler Drive Electronics aspects.

Paper Details

Date Published: 7 May 2009
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 7298, Infrared Technology and Applications XXXV, 729814 (7 May 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.818239
Show Author Affiliations
T. Trollier, Air Liquide (France)
J. Tanchon, Air Liquide (France)
J. C. Rey, Air Liquide (France)
A. Ravex, Air Liquide (France)
J. Buquet, Air Liquide (France)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7298:
Infrared Technology and Applications XXXV
Bjørn F. Andresen; Gabor F. Fulop; Paul R. Norton, Editor(s)

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