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Thales Cryogenics rotary cryocoolers for HOT applications
Author(s): Jean-Yves Martin; Jean-Marc Cauquil; Tonny Benschop; Sébastien Freche
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Paper Abstract

Thales Cryogenics has an extensive background in delivering reliable linear and rotary coolers for military, civil and space programs. Recent work carried out at detector level enable to consider a higher operation temperature for the cooled detectors. This has a direct impact on the cooling power required to the cryocooler. In continuation of the work presented last year, Thales cryogenics has studied the operation and optimization of the rotary cryocoolers at high cold regulation temperature. In this paper, the performances of the Thales Cryogenics rotary cryocoolers at elevated cold regulation temperature will be presented. From these results, some trade-offs can be made to combine correct operation of the cryocooler on all the ambient operational range and maximum efficiency of the cryocooler. These trade-offs and the impact on MTTF of elevated cold regulation temperature will be presented and discussed. In correlation with the increase of the cold operation temperature, the cryocooler input power is significantly decreased. As a consequence, the cooler drive electronics own consumption becomes relatively important and must be reduced in order to minimize global input power to the cooling function (cryocooler and cooler drive electronics). Thales Cryogenics has developed a new drive electronics optimized for low input power requirements. In parallel, improvements on RM1 and RM2 cryocoolers have been defined and implemented. The main impacts on performances of these new designs will be presented. Thales cryogenics is now able to propose an efficient cooling function for application requiring a high cold regulation temperature including a range of tuned rotary coolers.

Paper Details

Date Published: 31 May 2012
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 8353, Infrared Technology and Applications XXXVIII, 83531R (31 May 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.918587
Show Author Affiliations
Jean-Yves Martin, Thales Cryogénie S.A.S. (France)
Jean-Marc Cauquil, Thales Cryogénie S.A.S. (France)
Tonny Benschop, Thales Cryogenics B.V. (Netherlands)
Sébastien Freche, Thales Cryogénie S.A.S. (France)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8353:
Infrared Technology and Applications XXXVIII
Bjørn F. Andresen; Gabor F. Fulop; Paul R. Norton, Editor(s)

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