Selected Vuilleumier Refrigerator Performance Characteristics
The Vuilleumier refrigerator has the potential advantages of compactness, low weight, and long-lifetime operation for spacecraft application. Consequently, much analytical and experimental work has been done in recent years in developing reliable mathematical models for the prediction of its cycle operational characteristics, and in the development of long-lifetime design concepts for a spacecraft system. For example, Rule and Qvale  have presented an analysis for an idealized Vuilleumier refrigerator and Sherman  has made a comprehensive analysis which includes most of the losses, while Gasser et al.  have reported an approach to a long-lifetime Vuilleumier refrigerator design.
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