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Stirling-cycle cooler reliability growth at L-3 CE
Author(s): David Arndt; Dan Kuo; Quang Phan
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Paper Abstract

L-3 CE has in place a continuous effort to evaluate and improve the lifetime of its cryocooler products. This effort includes analysis of both lab environment reliability tests and field data from shipped units. The purpose of this paper is to outline L-3 CE's life testing methodology and provide reliability data for L-3 CE cryocoolers, specifically for the 0.6- Watt Cooler (Model B602), 1.0-Watt Reduced Size, Weight, and Power (RSWAP) Cooler (Model B610), and the 1.5- Watt Cooler (Model B1500). Cooler performance characteristics such as cooldown time, refrigeration capacity, and input power are monitored throughout the life of the cooler. The data presented here updates previously reported data. Field data for the 1.0-Watt Cooler (Model B1000) is also presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 May 2011
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 8012, Infrared Technology and Applications XXXVII, 80122P (20 May 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.884801
Show Author Affiliations
David Arndt, L-3 Cincinnati Electronics (United States)
Dan Kuo, L-3 Cincinnati Electronics (United States)
Quang Phan, L-3 Cincinnati Electronics (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8012:
Infrared Technology and Applications XXXVII
Bjørn F. Andresen; Gabor F. Fulop; Paul R. Norton, Editor(s)

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