Selected Vuilleumier Refrigerator Performance Characteristics

  • A. Sherman
Part of the Advances in Cryogenic Engineering book series (ACRE, volume 18)


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 [1] have presented an analysis for an idealized Vuilleumier refrigerator and Sherman [2] has made a comprehensive analysis which includes most of the losses, while Gasser et al. [3] have reported an approach to a long-lifetime Vuilleumier refrigerator design.


Heat Pipe Cold Regenerator Cooling Load Matrix Temperature Spacecraft System 
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  1. 1.
    T. T. Rule and E. B. Qvale, in: Advances in Cryogenic Engineering, Vol, 14, Springer Science+Business Media New York (1969), p. 343.Google Scholar
  2. 2.
    A. Sherman, “Mathematical Analysis of a Vuilleumier Refrigerator,” paper No. 71-WA/HT-33 presented at ASME 1971 Winter Annual Meeting, Los Angeles, California, November 1971.Google Scholar
  3. 3.
    M. Gasser, D. Yoshikawa, and C. Browning, “An Approach to Long Life Vuilleumier Cryogenic Refrigerators for Space Applications,” paper presented at the Cryogenic Society of America, Washington, D.C., September 1971.Google Scholar
  4. 4.
    A. Sherman and T. Cygnanowicz, “Design Scaling Studies of Fractional Watt Vuilleumier Refrigerator Systems,” GSFC X–763–71–447, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Maryland (1971).Google Scholar

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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1973

Authors and Affiliations

  • A. Sherman
    • 1
  1. 1.Goddard Space Flight CenterGreenbeltUSA

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