Selection of regenerator geometry for magnetic refrigerator applications
Abstract
In an effort to develop magnetic regenerators of high efficiency the following geometries were considered: (1) tube channels in solid block; (2) stack of perforated plates normal to the fluid flow direction; (3) stack of solid plates parallel to fluid flow direction, and packed bed of spherical particles; (4) loose packed; and (5) sintered. The overall efficiency of the regenerator, considering heat transfer, longitudinal conduction, and fluid pressure drop, was computed for all the above arrangements as a function of geometrical variables, such as overall length and particle diameter or plate thickness. The results yield the optimum geometry for a given combination of other controlling parameters, such as frequency, porosity, and fluid properties. The different geometries are compared under the constraint that the mass of magnetic material is the same for all. This condition is peculiar to the magnetic refrigeration process because the net refrigeration and driving forces are proportional to the mass of magnetic material.
 Publication:

Presented at the ASME Winter Ann. Meeting
 Pub Date:
 December 1984
 Bibcode:
 1984asme.meet....9B
 Keywords:

 Magnetic Materials;
 Refrigerators;
 Regenerators;
 Design Analysis;
 Entropy;
 Figure Of Merit;
 Heat Transfer;
 Perforated Plates;
 Pressure Reduction;
 Thermodynamic Cycles;
 Engineering (General)