A Miniature, Vibration-Free, Rhombic-Drive, Stirling-Cycle Cooler

  • A. Storace
Part of the Advances in Cryogenic Engineering book series (ACRE, volume 16)


The Stirling cycle is well known as a means of efficiently producing mechanical refrigeration at cryogenic temperatures, and has been incorporated into a number of ground-based and airborne systems. Recently, efforts were initiated to significantly improve its operational characteristics, with special emphasis on reducing vibrations. An improved model has resulted from the combination of a proven thermodynamic design with a completely balanced drive. The resulting unit is a miniature, vibration-free refrigerator for systems that cannot tolerate mechanical vibrations. The cooler is hermetically sealed, free-convection-cooled, and is designed to produce from 0.2 to 2.0W of refrigeration at 77°K.


Drive Motor Cold Spot Cold Finger Charge Pressure Inertia Torque 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1971

Authors and Affiliations

  • A. Storace
    • 1
  1. 1.Philips LaboratoriesNew YorkUSA

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