OSCILLATORY COMPRESSIBLE FLOW AND HEAT

TRANSFER IN POROUS MEDIA – APPLICATION TO
CRYOCOOLER REGENERATORS


A Dissertation
Presented to
The Academic Faculty
by
Jeremy Paul Harvey


In Partial Fulfillment
of the Requirements for the Degree
Doctor of Philosophy in Mechanical Engineering



Georgia Institute of Technology
December 2003



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OSCILLATORY COMPRESSIBLE FLOW AND HEAT
TRANSFER IN POROUS MEDIA – APPLICATION TO
CRYOCOOLER REGENERATORS








APPROVAL


Prateen V. Desai, Chairman, Mechanical Engineering


S. Mostafa Ghiaasiaan, Mechanical Engineering


Minami Yoda, Mechanical Engineering


Carl S. Kirkconnell, Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems


Jeffrey F. Morris, Chemical Engineering


Date Submitted: November 25, 2003

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ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

I have been blessed to have been involved in this research with so fine a group.
And it is indeed the group of individuals whom have assisted me that have made this
research so enjoyable and productive. Beginning with those most directly involved in the
research, I would like to thank my committee. Dr. Prateen Desai, my thesis advisor,
fortunately thought of me when Dr. Carl Kirkconnell was searching out an undergraduate
student to perform this research for, at the time, Hughes Aircraft Company. The
Woodruff School and the Georgia Tech community have been so fortunate to have Dr.
Desai as a dedicated professor, and I as a friend and advisor. Dr. Mostafa Ghiaasiaan
quickly took an interest in the research after conversing with me and he now will lead the
cryocooler research at Georgia Tech. Drs. Minami Yoda and Jeffrey Morris completed
my team of advisors by providing breadth of knowledge in their fields. Of these
individuals, Dr. Kirkconnell deserves special thanks for being the catalyst for the research
at Hughes Aircraft , and now Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems. I hope that I can
provide the same enthusiasm and energy that you have provided me.
This research was performed due, in no small part, to the research grants provided
by Hughes Aircraft Company and Raytheon Company to the Georgia Tech Foundation.
Additional thanks must go to the Hughes and Raytheon Doctoral Fellowship Program and
the Georgia Institute of Technology Presidential Scholarship for supporting me directly
throughout this program.
At Raytheon, special thanks to Mr. Alberto Schroth, Mr. Kenneth Price, Mr.
Thomas Pollack, Mr. William Croft, and Mr. David Mc Gorrin. At Georgia Tech, I have

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been so fortunate to have several undergraduate and graduate students work with me in
my lab; Mr. Matthieu Coutaudier, Mr. Robert Hon, and Mr. Jeesung “Jeff” Cha, the next
torch bearer.
I thank my whole family for their support and love, especially my parents who are
so far away, but so near my heart, my sister Janelle, who I am so thankful is close, and to
my wife’s family who I wish were close. My wife Chrystine has been my rock during
this undertaking. She has given me so much hope and now our new life begins.

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

Approval ............................................................................................................................. ii
Acknowledgements............................................................................................................ iii
List of Figures......................................................................................................................x
List of Tables ................................................................................................................... xiv
List of Tables ................................................................................................................... xiv
Nomenclature.....................................................................................................................xv
Summary............................................................................................................................xx
1. Introduction and Background ..........................................................................................1
1.1 Introduction ................................................................................................................1
1.2 Background.................................................................................................................4
1.2.1 History of Pulse Tube Cryocoolers ......................................................................4
1.2.2 Survey of Efforts to Improve the Regenerator.....................................................7
1.2.3 Development of the Volume Averaging Technique ..........................................15
1.2.4 Overview............................................................................................................16
2. Theoretical Development...............................................................................................19
2.1 Governing Equations and Constitutive Relations.....................................................19
2.1.1 Conservation of Mass Equation .........................................................................20
2.1.2 Balance of Momentum Equations......................................................................20
2.1.3 α-Phase Conservation of Energy Equation........................................................21
2.1.4 β-Phase Conservation of Energy Equation ........................................................22

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2.1.5 Equations of State ..............................................................................................22
2.1.6 α-Phase Entropy Generation Equation ..............................................................23
2.1.7 β-Phase Entropy Generation Equation...............................................................23
2.1.8 Summary of Equations.......................................................................................24
2.2 Volume-Averaged Equations ...................................................................................25
2.2.1 Volume-Averaged Conservation of Mass Equation ..........................................25
2.2.2 Volume-Averaged Balance of Momentum Equation.........................................26
2.2.3 Volume-Averaged α-Phase Conservation of Energy Equation .........................26
2.2.4 Volume-Averaged β-Phase Conservation of Energy Equation..........................27
2.2.5 Volume-Averaged α-Phase Entropy Generation Equation................................28
2.2.6 Volume-Averaged β-Phase Entropy Generation Equation................................28
2.3 Simplifying Assumptions .........................................................................................29
2.3.1 Density Spatial Deviation ..................................................................................29
2.3.2 Negligible Mechanical Dispersion.....................................................................31
2.3.3 Thermal Dispersion............................................................................................32
2.3.4 Entropy Generation Due to Thermal Dispersion ...............................................33
2.3.5 Negligible Brinkman Effect ...............................................................................34
2.3.6 One Dimensional Model on the Macroscopic Length Scale..............................34
2.4 Simplified Equations ................................................................................................35
2.4.1 Simplified Conservation of Mass Equation .......................................................35
2.4.2 Simplified Balance of Momentum Equation......................................................36
2.4.3 Simplified α-Phase Conservation of Energy Equation......................................37

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2.4.4 Simplified β-Phase Conservation of Energy Equation ......................................37
2.4.5 Simplified α-Phase Entropy Generation Equation.............................................39
2.4.6 Simplified β-Phase Entropy Generation Equation.............................................39
2.4.7 Summary of Equations.......................................................................................44
2.5 Exact Solutions.........................................................................................................46
2.6 Scale Analysis ..........................................................................................................49
2.6.1 Conservation of Mass Equation Scale Analysis.................................................50
2.6.2 Balance of Momentum Equation Scale Analysis...............................................50
2.6.3 α-Phase Conservation of Energy Equation Scale Analysis ...............................52
2.6.4 β-Phase Conservation of Energy Equation Scale Analysis................................54
2.6.5 Scaled Equation Summary .................................................................................55
2.6.6 Limiting Cases ...................................................................................................59
3. Computational Models...................................................................................................60
3.1 Problem Definition ...................................................................................................60
3.2 Numerical Method....................................................................................................61
3.2.1 Time Integration.................................................................................................62
3.2.2 Spatial Discretization .........................................................................................62
3.3 Quasi-Steady Convergence via Cyclic Time Relaxation .........................................63
3.4 Boundary and Initial Conditions ..............................................................................66
3.5 The Constant Temperature Model (CTM)................................................................70
3.6 The Local Thermal Equilibrium Model (LTEM) .....................................................72
3.7 Dual Energy Equation Model (DEEM) ....................................................................74

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3.8 Model Verification ...................................................................................................75
4. Experimental apparatus and measurements ...................................................................84
4.1 Overview and Experimental Apparatus....................................................................84
4.2 Experimental Results................................................................................................94
5. Results and Discussion ................................................................................................105
5.1 Sage System Level Modeling.................................................................................106
5.2 Model Comparison .................................................................................................110
5.2.1 Net Enthalpy Flowrate - The Perfect Regenerator ...........................................110
5.2.2 The Mean Temperature Profile ........................................................................113
5.2.3 Baseline Regenerator Solutions .......................................................................114
5.2.4 First Law Results..............................................................................................118
5.2.5 Second Law Results .........................................................................................120
5.2.6 Sage and REGEN Comparisons.......................................................................122
5.2.7 Permeability and Forchheimer Coefficient Predictions ...................................125
6. Conclusions and Recommendations ............................................................................129
6.1 Conclusions ............................................................................................................129
6.2 Contributions ..........................................................................................................131
6.3 Future Work............................................................................................................132
Appendix 1 – Derivation of the Volume-Averaged Governing Equations......................136
A1.1 Volume Averaging Theory..................................................................................136
A1.1.1 Definitions.....................................................................................................136
A1.1.2 Transport Theorem........................................................................................138

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A1.1.3 Spatial Averaging Theorem ..........................................................................138
A1.1.4 Modified Averaging Theorem.......................................................................139
A1.2 Application to the Governing Equations .............................................................140
A1.2.1 Volume-Averaged Conservation of Mass Equation......................................140
A1.2.2 Volume-Averaged Balance of Momentum Equation....................................142
A1.2.3 Volume-Averaged α-Phase Conservation of Energy Equation ....................145
A1.2.4 Volume-Averaged β-Phase Conservation of Energy Equation.....................146
A1.2.5 Volume-Averaged α-Phase Entropy Generation Equation...........................147
A1.2.6 Volume-Averaged β-Phase Entropy Generation Equation ...........................148
Appendix 2 – Derivation of Differentiation Operators Using MatLab............................149
Appendix 3 – Compressor Electro-Mechanical Modeling ..............................................154
A3.1 The electromechanical system.............................................................................154
A3.2 The Mechanical System.......................................................................................155
A3.3 The Electrical System..........................................................................................158
Bibliography ....................................................................................................................162


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LIST OF FIGURES

Figure 1 - Comparison Diagram of the PTC and Stirling Cryocooler.................................1
Figure 2 – A) Basic Pulse Tube Cryocooler and B) Orificed Pulse Tube
Cryocooler ........................................................................................................5
Figure 3 - Bypass Pulse Tube Cryocooler ...........................................................................6
Figure 4 - Thermohydraulic system of a typical porous media. The α-phase is a
Newtonian fluid and the β-phase is a solid.....................................................19
Figure 5 – Conceptual diagram illustrating the local velocity, velocity deviation,
and the volume-averaged velocity. .................................................................30
Figure 6 – Regenerator computational domain diagram....................................................60
Figure 7 – Test case solution results. .................................................................................78
Figure 8 – The net enthalpy flux satisfies the test case to within visual accuracy
(0.2 mW deviation).........................................................................................79
Figure 9 – Maximum density error 8x10
-6
kg/m
3
..............................................................80
Figure 10 – Maximum mass flux error 1x10
-5
kg/m
2
-s......................................................80
Figure 11 – Maximum energy error 2 kJ/m
3
......................................................................81
Figure 12 – Maximum matrix temperature error 6x10
-6
K................................................81
Figure 13 – Maximum gas temperature error 8x10
-6
K.....................................................82
Figure 14 – Maximum pressure error 1.2 Pa .....................................................................82
Figure 15 - Experimental Apparatus..................................................................................85

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Figure 16 – Regenerator/Pulse Tube expander module. Regenerator is the larger
diameter section. .............................................................................................85
Figure 17 – Experimental apparatus with complete instrumentation. ...............................86
Figure 18 – Close-up view of the compressor. ..................................................................86
Figure 19 – Turbo vacuum pump station. ..........................................................................87
Figure 20 - Wire Mesh.......................................................................................................90
Figure 21 - Perforated Disk................................................................................................90
Figure 22 - Foam Metal .....................................................................................................90
Figure 23 – Data acquisition system. .................................................................................91
Figure 24 - Data acquisition and control program. Main panel view. ..............................92
Figure 25 - Data acquisition and control program. Compressor panel view. ...................92
Figure 26 - Data acquisition and control program. Pressure panel view. .........................93
Figure 27 - Steady Flow Pressure Drop.............................................................................95
Figure 28 - Load Curves ....................................................................................................97
Figure 29 - Oscillatory Pressure Drop ...............................................................................99
Figure 30 - Pressure Wave Phase Angle..........................................................................100
Figure 31 - Pressure Ratio Attenuation............................................................................101
Figure 32 – Sintered glass regenerator.............................................................................104
Figure 33 – Sage diagram of the laboratory pulse tube apparatus. ..................................107
Figure 34 - System level energy flow diagram; 400 mesh, 76 K, 0 W............................108

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Figure 35 – Comparison of regenerator loss calculated with limiting case models
based on identical operating conditions (ideal gas assumes constant
properties.) ....................................................................................................112
Figure 36 – Comparison of mean temperature profiles calculated with the
different models based on identical operating conditions. ...........................114
Figure 37 – Solutions plotted versus time and position. The middle plots are max
and min of density and velocity. Pressure and mass flow phase shifts
are apparent...................................................................................................115
Figure 38 – Boundary solutions for the gas and matrix temperatures and enthalpy
flow rates. .....................................................................................................116
Figure 39 – Cycle-averaged gas temperature (red) versus a linear profile (blue). ..........117
Figure 40 – Temperature difference versus position (multiple lines) and time. ..............118
Figure 41 – Mean Reynolds Number...............................................................................118
Figure 42 – Cycle-averaged mass flow rate.....................................................................119
Figure 43 – Cycle-averaged energy flows. Regenerator total energy flow is
constant along regenerator. ...........................................................................119
Figure 44 – Entropy generation due to viscous and inertial losses (top), and
entropy generation due to conduction and dispersion in the gas
(bottom). Multiple curves represent different locations in the
regenerator, plotted versus cycle time. Results for 400 mesh baseline
case. ..............................................................................................................120

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Figure 45 – Entropy generation due to matrix conduction (top), and entropy
generation due to interfacial convection (bottom). Results for 400
mesh baseline case. .......................................................................................121
Figure 46 – Cycle-averaged volumetric entropy generation rates plotted versus
position in the regenerator. Results for 400 mesh baseline case. ................121
Figure 47 – Comparison of Sage-predicted regenerator loss versus GT model. .............123
Figure 48 – Friction factor comparison for 400 mesh screens.........................................128
Figure 49 - Demonstration calculation for flow through wire mesh screens.
Visualization of surface pressure..................................................................133
Figure 50 – Demonstration calculation for flow through wire mesh screens.
Visualization of pathlines. ............................................................................133
Figure 51 – Voice coil compressor schematic .................................................................155
Figure 52 – Compressor piston free-body diagram (FBD)..............................................156
Figure 53 – Leach’s lossy inductor voice coil model ......................................................158

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LIST OF TABLES

Table 1-Summary of scale analysis ...................................................................................58
Table 2 - Descriptive Summary of the Regenerators under Study ....................................88
Table 3 – Porous Media Parameter Summary (64)............................................................96
Table 4 – 400 mesh baseline operating conditions ..........................................................109
Table 5 – Sage Comparison Summary.............................................................................124
Table 6 – Permeability and Forchheimer Coefficient (compressible model) ..................126
Table 7 – Permeability and Forchheimer Coefficient (incompressible model)...............126
Table 8 – Permeability and Forchheimer Coefficient (neglecting advective
acceleration)..................................................................................................126


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NOMENCLATURE

Notation:
α Gas Phase
β Solid Phase
α
a Volume average of quantity a in the α phase
α
α
a Intrinsic volume average of quantity a in the α phase
aˆ Spatial deviation of quantity a
v
r
Vector of v

Variables:
αβ
A Area of the β α − interface (within the averaging-volume, V) [m
2
]
f
A Flow area [m
2
]
A Total cross sectional area, gas and solid [m
2
]
v
a Surface area per unit volume [1/m]
α
b
~
Thermal dispersion tensor closure variable
2 1
, C C Integration constants
p
c Gas constant pressure specific heat [J/kg-K]
v
c Gas constant volume specific heat [J/kg-K]
vs ps
c c , Specific heat scales [J/kg-K]

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f
c Forchheimer inertia coefficient
α
D
~
Thermal dispersion tensor
2
~
D Mechanical dispersion tensor, rank 2
r
D Regenerator diameter [m]
dS Differential surface area of
αβ
A [m
2
]
E Gas total energy per unit volume [J/m
3
]
E
~
Gas total energy temporal scale [J/m
3
]
3
~
E Mechanical dispersion tensor, rank 3
e e ,
α
Specific internal energy [J/kg]
F
~
Forchheimer tensor
F Darcy-Forchheimer surface integral
4 3 2 1
, , , F F F F Source terms for exact solution
f Friction factor, frequency [Hz]
4
~
G Mechanical dispersion tensor, rank 4
H Convective heat transfer coefficient [W/m
2
-K]
h Enthalpy [J/kg]
h Enthalpy spatial scale [J/kg]
I
~
Identity tensor
K
~
Permeability tensor [m
2
]
K Permeability, in axial direction [m
2
]

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β α
k k , Conductivity [W/m-K]
r
L Regenerator length [m]
s
L Macroscopic length scale [m]
m m ,
α
Mass flux [kg/m
2
-s]
m m
~
, Mass flux spatial and temporal scales [kg/m
2
-s]
c h
m m , Hot and cold boundary mass flux amplitudes [kg/m
2
-s]
c h
m m & & , Hot and cold boundary mass flow rates [kg/s]
k
N Axial conductivity enhancement
Nu Nusselt number
β α
n n , Normal vector
Pe Reference Peclet number
p p ,
α
Gas pressure [Pa]
p Pressure spatial scale [Pa]
b
p System baseline pressure [Pa]
m g
q q , Gas and matrix heat flux [W/m
2
]
R Gas constant, or radius of averaging volume [Pa-m
3
/kg-K]
K
Re Reynolds number based on permeability length scale
St Reference Stanton number
β α , ,
,
gen gen
s s ′ ′ ′ ′ ′ ′ Volumetric entropy generation [W/m
3
-K]
β α
s s , Entropy [J/kg-K]

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β α
T T , Temperature [K]
T Temperature spatial scale [K]
T
ˆ
Temperature difference scale [K]
c h
T T , Hot and cold boundary mean temperatures [K]
o
T Reference temperature, for lost power [K]
t Time [s]
s
t Time scale [s]
α
u
r
Velocity vector [m/s]
u u ,
α
Axial velocity [m/s]
V V V , ,
β α
Volume (of the averaging-volume) [m
3
]
lost
W
&
Lost power [W]
x Axial location [m]

Greek:
ρ ρ
α
, Density [kg/m
3
]
ρ ρ
~
, Density spatial and temporal scales [kg/m
3
]
( )
β
ρc Solid heat capacity [J/K]
mc mh
φ φ , Hot and cold boundary mass flux phase angles [rad]
α
φ Viscous dissipation function
µ µ
α
, Gas viscosity [m-s]

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ε ε ε
β α
, , Porosity
ω Angular frequency [rad/s]
τ Time period [s]
β
τ Solid tortuosity
2 1
, Γ Γ Leading order dimensionless parameters
2 1
, ε ε Leading order dimensionless parameters
γ Specific heat ratio

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SUMMARY

In this study the phenomena of compressible flow and heat transfer in porous
media are modeled based on fundamental principles. The conservation equations for the
two phases are transformed by the method of volume averaging which is an analytical
method used to unite the microscale and macroscale effects characteristic to porous
media flows. Unique to this analysis is the fact that the model is valid for oscillatory,
cryogenic flows such as that occurring in a regenerative cryogenic refrigerator such as a
Pulse Tube Cryocooler (PTC.)
In a PTC the forced flow driven oscillations in the regenerator create Reynolds
numbers high enough such that microscale inertial effects dominate the momentum
equation. This phenomenon, known as the Forchheimer Effect, can be predicted and
modeled based solely on fundamental principles and the method of volume averaging.
The coefficients that characterize the Forchheimer momentum equation are determined
experimentally.
Heat transfer within a porous medium occurs due to temperature gradients in the
gas and solid phases. Conduction within the solid and fluid phases is made evident by
volume averaging, but the determination of the conductivity coefficients requires
numerical experiments and is unique to the geometry and conductivities of the two
phases. Convection between the two phases is the dominant mode of heat transfer within
the porous media. Determination of the convective heat transfer coefficient for a porous
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Heat transfer due to temperature gradients and flow friction in the regenerator are
always competing effects leading to a model which requires coupling of the momentum
and energy equations. These competing effects are united with the concept of entropy
generation which relies on the second law of thermodynamics. All real processes
generate entropy, and the most efficient processes which balance flow friction and heat
transfer generate minimum entropy.
The theoretical model is presented with a numerical solution technique. These
numerical solutions are compared with similar solutions existing in the literature. The
uniqueness of this model is the completeness of the theoretical development and the
flexibility of use for a variety of applications. Numerical solutions are compared with
experimental data for an operating cryocooler.


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CHAPTER 1

1. INTRODUCTION AND BACKGROUND

1.1 Introduction
Cryocoolers (refrigerators capable of cooling to temperatures below 120 K) have
long been classified into two categories based on the type of heat exchange process:
recuperative and regenerative (1). The Pulse Tube Cryocooler (PTC) and the Stirling
Cryocooler are two examples of regenerative cryocoolers (Figure 1), both operating on a

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modified Stirling thermodynamic cycle using helium as the working substance. Unlike
the Stirling thermodynamic cycle, the PTC and Stirling cryocooler cycles are not steady
flow processes. Instead, the gas flow oscillates in a quasi-steady fashion due to the
motion of a compressor piston (and an additional expander piston in the Stirling
cryocooler).
In the Stirling cooler, refrigeration is produced by driving the expander piston
such that it receives mechanical work from the working fluid. If this work is sufficiently
large, the heat exchanger can absorb heat from the surrounding, thus producing
refrigeration. In the case of the PTC, the active expander piston is replaced with a
passive pulse tube, orifice, and surge volume. The pulse tube gas motion can be
controlled such that there is a gas “piston” which acts like the Stirling piston. If the
motion of the gas piston has the proper phase, it accepts work from the cold heat
exchanger and delivers this work to the reject heat exchanger where it is converted into
heat. This heat is rejected from the system in the reject heat exchanger.
The PTC is a unique type of regenerative cryocooler in that it does not have any
moving parts in the cold region. This is distinctly different from the Stirling cryocooler
that operates by an oscillating displacer directly in the cold region, resulting in the
potential for mechanical wear that increases mechanical complexity and can limit the life
of the cooler. Vibration in the Stirling cooler caused by the displacer also presents
problems for applications like sensitive infrared sensors, which cannot tolerate vibration.
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after the regenerator, the pulse tube experiences much higher mass flow rates through the
regenerator. This results in a larger regenerator pressure drop.
The regenerator is a duct packed with some porous material. This porous material
is selected such that it has sufficient thermal heat capacity, high heat transfer coefficient,
and low flow friction. The designer of a cryocooler is chiefly concerned with achieving a
specified net refrigeration at a given temperature with a minimum input power. In the
design of a pulse tube cooler, the net refrigeration is the heat transfer rate from the
cryogenic device being cooled, which is equal to the total gross refrigeration produced
less internal parasitic losses in the cooler. Minimizing parasitic heat loads is critical to
achieving the design goals. One main system loss is the regenerator loss, or the cycle-
averaged enthalpy flow at the cold end plus conduction losses in the gas and matrix.
These losses can be considerable, and may be quantified only via an accurate
mathematical model. The enthalpy loss is the most difficult quantity to estimate,
requiring an accurate prediction of the mass flow and temperature waveforms at the cold
end. It is not unrealistic to have an enthalpy loss on the order of one Watt with a peak
enthalpy flow rate of 1000 Watts, or 0.1%.
Regenerative cryocoolers are used in a variety of applications. The types of
regenerators being studied in this work are typically found in Stirling and pulse tube
cryocoolers, and other types of regenerative cryocooler applications. These devices are
typically used in applications which demand small net refrigeration (on the order of a few
watts) at temperatures below 100 K. Applications which require this type of refrigeration
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arrays. Several other applications include gas liquefaction of nitrogen,
magnetocardiography using Superconducting Quantum Interference Devices (SQUIDs),
mine-sweeping magnets, nondestructive evaluation using SQUIDs, outer space
experiments and instruments, and military weapon systems.

1.2 Background
The experimental apparatus used in this research is a Pulse Tube Cryocooler. For
this reason, it is necessary to provide a brief history of the PTC including efforts to
improve the performance of the PTC. The component being studied in the PTC is the
regenerator. A review of the efforts to improve regenerator performance includes studies
of materials and geometry. To understand the regenerator, investigators have used
experimental measurements and numerical modeling. The following discussion is a
review of these efforts.

1.2.1 History of Pulse Tube Cryocoolers
In 1966, Gifford and Longsworth first detailed the construction of a pulse tube
refrigerator (2, 3). The design of their pulse tube was essentially a tube with one end
closed and the other end open (in addition to a compressor and heat exchangers.) Both
ends had heat exchangers, and the open end was subjected to an oscillating pressure
through a regenerator, causing the open end to cool. This refrigerator is commonly
known as the Basic Pulse Tube Cryocooler (BPTC) (Figure 2.A). Not until 1984 was the
modern pulse tube cryocooler developed by Mikulin, Tarasov, and Shkrebyonock (4).

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This cryocooler was equipped with an orifice and a surge volume on the warm end of the
pulse tube. The effect of this enhancement was to create an advantageous phase
difference between the oscillating pressure and velocity. This new design is commonly
called the Orifice Pulse Tube Cryocooler (OPTC) (Figure 2.B). Other enhancements
have been made such as porting the high-pressure gas from the outlet of the compressor
to the warm end of the pulse tube which led to improved performance due to improved
phase control. This type of cryocooler is called a Bypass Pulse Tube Cryocooler (Figure
3). The drawback of this design is that the flow bypass can create a DC flow circulation
if the system is not designed properly. A very small flow circulation can lead to a huge
reduction in performance.





Compressor

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Qreject


Qrefrig


Pulse

Tube

Regenerator

Compressor

Qcomp


Qreject

Qrefrig

Pulse



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Regenerator

Surge
Volume

Orifice

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Wcomp Wcomp

Figure 2 – A) Basic Pulse Tube Cryocooler and B) Orificed Pulse Tube Cryocooler



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Figure 3 - Bypass Pulse Tube Cryocooler

Developments in pulse tube technology have been occurring continuously up to
the present. Currently, three main areas of improvement are minimization of pulse tube
flow losses, phase control, and improving regenerator effectiveness. Reducing pulse tube
flow losses begins by being able to completely model the oscillating flow in the pulse
tube. The flow oscillations result in mass streaming and radial heat transfer, both of
which reduce the refrigeration possible with a pulse tube. Recently, several investigators
discovered that a proper tapering of the pulse tube leads to a complete elimination of
mass streaming (5).
As already mentioned in the preceding, the basic, orifice, and bypass pulse tube
all seek to manipulate the phase angle between the pressure and mass flow to an optimum
angle at which the maximum refrigeration is produced. One recent improvement is the
Compressor
Qcomp
Qreject
Qrefrig
Pulse
Tube
Regenerator
Surge
Volume
Orifice
Wcomp

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inertance tube (6). The inertance tube improves the orifice design by adding an inertance
to the fluidic system. This improvement not only increases the phase angle, but also
eliminates the possibility of flow circulations which can occur with the bypass design.
Design of an optimum phase control device and reducing pulse tube losses will
eventually make the pulse tube cryocooler more competitive than the Stirling cryocooler
for most applications due to significantly lower cost and comparable efficiency.

1.2.2 Survey of Efforts to Improve the Regenerator
Extensive efforts have been focused on improvement in regenerator technology
since the development of regenerative cryocoolers. These efforts have been categorized
into areas of materials and geometry, modeling, and measurement.
The problems with designing the optimum regenerator have interesting
complications as the temperature of the cold end decreases. These complications arise in
factors such as variation of thermal properties over the huge temperature range of the
regenerator. Orders of magnitude decrease in thermal capacity of the material from
300 K to the cold temperature make different materials attractive in different areas of the
regenerator. The basic problem focuses on increasing the heat transfer effectiveness
between the gas and solid in the regenerator. The heat transfer effectiveness is a function
of fluid properties, solid properties, and the flow geometry. Any change in these
parameters will affect the regenerator performance.
At temperatures below 20 K, the solid properties appear to be a major contributor
to the overall regenerator performance. This has led to a development of exotic materials

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and processes so that the regenerator has sufficient thermal capacity in the cold region.
Several erbium alloys have been tested, but these magnetic alloys are brittle at cryogenic
temperatures. Pecharsky, et al. at Ames Laboratory have investigated titanium alloying
of a popular erbium alloy, Er
3
Ni (7). This alloy has been investigated by many as a
regenerator material for Gifford-McMahon (G-M) and Stirling coolers operating below
10 K. The significant result was that this particular alloying increased the ductility
without significantly decreasing the specific heat of the alloy. Gshneidner, et al. also at
Ames Laboratory have suggested Er
6
Ni
2
Sn alloy for the first stage of a G-M cooler (8).
Their main effort was to develop a process to generate this alloy. The results showed that
practical issues such as particle escape from the regenerator and settling will prevent this
alloy from being used in the near future. Again, the brittle properties of this alloy have
limited its use. Bradshaw, et al. have performed experiments using a variety of different
materials in several combinations to study their effects in a two stage Stirling cooler
operating in the 15 K range (9). The materials used were gold wire, lead wire, Er
3
Ni and
stainless steel mesh. At the lowest operating temperatures, they found that the lead and
Er
3
Ni performed the best, and these materials were also found to have the highest specific
heat at that temperature. Takashi, et al. have used a slightly different erbium alloy
(ErNi
0.9
Co
0.1
) along with Er
3
Ni in a large 2.2 W cooling capacity, 4.2 K G-M cooler with
12 kW compressor input (10). Their conclusion was that the combination of ErNi
0.9
Co
0.1

and Er
3
Ni increased the cooling capacity by a factor of 1.2 from a regenerator with just
Er
3
Ni. The ErNi
0.9
Co
0.1
has a dramatic increase in specific heat around 6 K of
approximately 1 J/K-cm
3
in contrast to 0.4 J/K-cm
3
for Er
3
Ni. Chafe, et al. have replaced

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lead balls with Neodymium plates and balls in the second stage of a 10 K G-M cooler
application to utilize the higher heat capacity at the low temperatures (11). They have
also taken advantage of a perforated plate geometry that reduces pressure drop in
comparison to spheres. As a result, they were able to progress from 8 K down to 4 K
under similar operating conditions.
The geometry of the pores in the regenerator matrix determine the pressure drop
within the regenerator. Since pressure drop and heat transfer are coupled, a certain
amount of pressure drop is required to achieve effective regeneration. Efforts to
minimize the pressure drop while still having adequate heat transfer have been reported
in the literature. Measurements of steady pressure drop and correlating these
measurements to friction factors have been investigated by many. However, many
investigators put too much confidence in the importance of steady flow friction factors
(12, 13, 14). The correlations given by Kays and London, for example, do not correlate
well for oscillatory flow pressure drop and heat transfer due to additional effects such as
enhanced dispersion due to the oscillations (15). Organ in Thermodynamics and Gas
Dynamics of the Stirling Cycle Machine states this argument repeatedly (16).
There is something less than satisfactory about the way in which Stirling machine
analysis handles flow within the regenerator:
(1) The flow case is treated by the method traditional for steady, two-dimensional
(or axi-symmetric), incompressible viscous flow in pipes, i.e., in terms of a
friction factor, C
f
, correlated with geometry and Reynolds number, N
re
. When
analysis and computer simulation based on such correlations yield pressure
distributions which do not tally with measurement from running machines, it is
common practice to 'improve' matters by arbitrarily adjusting the correlations.
The technique is part of a process which has become known as 'validation'.
Exercises in validation have been reported
1-3
which called for C
f
at given Nre to
be multiplied by factors between 4 and 7.

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(2) The discrepancy between experimental measurement and theoretical prediction
has come to be attributed to the fact that steady-flow correlations do not take
into account the unsteady effects which arise from the cyclic nature of the flow
processes in the Stirling machine. An enquiry into the role of unsteadiness is
certainly called for. At the same time, usage and interpretation of the steady-
flow correlations has been parochial, having in most instances looked no further
than the incompressible-flow cases documented by Kays and London.
4


Some investigators have made the realization that steady flow friction factor correlations
are not adequate, but there is still a gap between their measurements and the physical
phenomena occurring within the regenerator (16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21). Organ makes a
clear argument that the 'steady' flow through the porous media is not a true description
due to inherent oscillatory fluctuations at the natural frequency of the pore structure.
This indicates that there are local accelerations within the fluid even for unidirectional,
'steady' flow. This type of argument shows that there are effects other than the inertial,
½ρu
2
, effect which is the conventional basis for correlating friction factor with Reynolds
number. Organ claims that the pressure drop is a result of independent viscous, inertial,
and compressibility effects. In a separate reference, Organ develops the concept of the
regenerator flow impedance, which is based on a linear wave model (22). This concept
provides a method to better explain the physical phenomena in the regenerator. The
research being conducted by Roberts and Desai (23) are motivated by the concerns
voiced by Organ.
It will be seen in later Chapters that steady flow measurements can be used
effectively to predict friction factors which are accurate for steady flow and oscillating
flow. The compressible nature of the gas flowing through the regenerator matrix leads to
a non-constant pressure gradient. This requires that experimental data be used as

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boundary conditions for a differential model rather than a lumped model which is
typically used.
Theoretical modeling of the regenerator and general porous media flows have
been conducted by many, and can be found under a variety of headings. Watson used an
exact solution for incompressible flow in a tube to show how diffusion can be enhanced
(24). While Watson was not interested in the regenerator problem, his research illustrates
the basic phenomenon which occurs in the regenerator and the pulse tube. For zero net
flow, the flow oscillations produce a positive net energy transport from the cold end to
the warm end of a channel. Two authors have made direct extensions of Watson’s initial
investigation. Siegel’s analysis applied this directly to the problem of the regenerator
(25, 26). Although the flow in the regenerator is not incompressible, the results are
interesting since he has focused explicitly on porous media flows. Siegel attributes the
axial transport to the transverse conduction which occurs between adjacent fluid layers.
Kaviany has investigated the effect of oscillatory flows on heat exchangers composed of
tube bundles (27, 28). In this analysis, Kaviany considers the case of enhanced heat
diffusion between two reservoirs due to the oscillations. His analysis is an important
extension of Watson’s work since he considers the coupled problem of the gas and the
wall energy. While Watson assumes zero wall heat flux, Kaviany solves for the wall
temperature directly. The solutions obtained are exact solutions for the velocity and
temperatures. Zhang, et al. have applied the method of characteristics to solve the 1-D
pulse tube governing equations (29). Preliminary results indicate that their method over-
predicts the performance based on experimental results.

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The concept of a complex Nusselt number is developed by Kornhauser and
Smith (30). In this study, the instantaneous heat flux in a compression cylinder is
observed to be out of phase with the bulk temperature difference. This indicates that the
traditional Newton’s law of cooling does not hold for oscillating flow above a critical
oscillation frequency, which is used to define an oscillating Peclet number. They find
that a complex formulation of Newton’s law of cooling is applicable. This requires
measurement of the real and imaginary component of the Nusselt number. These studies
were conducted in a compression cylinder, but the authors allude to the fact that this can
be extended to the compression and flow process occurring in the regenerator. The
critical oscillation frequency increases proportional to the inverse of the square of the
hydraulic diameter. The hydraulic diameter of the regenerator can be 5 to 6 orders of
magnitude below that of the compression space used. Thus, it is expected that the
imaginary component of the regenerator Nusselt number would be quite small for typical
frequencies used in Stirling and PTC cooler.
Bauwens has proposed a 2-D model for the pulse tube and regenerator that can be
approximated only for small fluctuations using perturbation methods (31). While the
approximate solution that he obtains is interesting, the model could yields invalid results
for a pulse tube cooler due to relatively large pressure oscillations. At large pressure
ratios, the linearity assumption is no longer valid, requiring a fully nonlinear model. The
fully nonlinear model ultimately requires a numerical approximation rather than the
analytical solution which he obtains.

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Roach, et al. also propose a perturbation solution to the regenerator problem (32).
Their results indicate that the velocity and pressure fluctuations do not depend on the
thermal interaction between the gas and solid. Conversely, the thermal interaction does
depend on the velocity and pressure fluctuation. This allows solving for the velocity and
pressure and then using those solutions to solve for the temperature. It does not appear
that they have provided any experimental comparison. This model has been described in
a separate publication by Kashani and Roach (33). The method has been incorporated
into a program called ARCOPTR.
A finite difference program called REGEN3.2 (34) has been developed by the
National Institute of Standards and Technology, and has been used to study the effects of
regenerator geometry by Kuriyama, et al. (35). This model assumes that the pressure in
the regenerator is uniform and oscillates in time. The effect of the pressure gradient is
included as a correction. The mathematical model proposed by REGEN involves solving
a system of equations for the density, velocity, gas temperature, and matrix temperature.
The velocity field is found using an explicit equation derived from the continuity
equation assuming zero pressure gradient. As a result, the velocity and density are
essentially determined from a single equation. This leads to a non-conservative model.
While the negligible pressure gradient assumption may be accurate for some cases such
as Stirling regenerators, the higher flow rates found in pulse tube regenerators lead to
inaccuracies in the REGEN model. The pressure phase shift across an optimally
designed Stirling regenerator is typically small compared to a pulse tube regenerator.
This leads to a smaller pressure gradient in the Stirling regenerator.

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Currently, the most comprehensive model for cryocooler systems is Sage (36).
This model provides the user the ability to model the entire cryocooler and carry out
optimization studies. Although this model appears complete, Harvey, et al. were
concerned with the accuracy of assumptions and numerical methods in Sage (37).
Apparently, the pulse tube correlations lack accuracy for small pulse tube. Additionally,
the numerical scheme employed by Sage involves approximating the solutions using
Fourier series. The solution is found such that the equations are satisfied at as few as 6
time nodes in the cycle. If the actual solution cannot be accurately described using 6 time
nodes, then the Sage model will be limited in accuracy. Further inaccuracies can be
attributed to a non conservative spatial discretization method based on first order control
volumes. While this model may have some inaccuracies, it has been found to be a
valuable tool for the cryocooler designer because of the built-in optimization tool.
Measurements within the regenerator matrix are inherently difficult due to the
small geometry of the pores. High frequency response sensors must be used to accurately
resolve the oscillating temperatures and velocities. Several individuals have made some
interesting and important measurements on the regenerator and pulse tube. Yuan and
Dybbs have developed a method to measure both the gas and solid temperature
fluctuations in the regenerator of a Stirling engine (38). This method utilizes small
thermocouples whose responses are compensated to correct for attenuation and lag.
Their results are well matched to numerical predictions. Rawlins, et al. have used hot-
wire anemometer probes in key locations in a pulse tube cooler (39, 40). Oscillatory
velocities and temperatures have been measured at both the warm and cold ends of the

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pulse tube and regenerator. These measurements allowed them to calculate from
pressure, temperature, and mass flow rates, the instantaneous energy and entropy flows in
the pulse tube. The efforts to make these measurements are remarkable since the
conditions, especially in the cold region, are certainly not hospitable to making hot-wire
measurements. In fact, these measurements are some of the most sophisticated
measurements made with hot-wires. Typical measurements in wind tunnels have only
small temperature fluctuations about the ambient. These measurements were performed
at temperatures below 90 K with fluctuations of 5 K. Installing the probes in a high
pressure leak free fitting was also a feat. Direct measurement of the flows in the
cryocooler provides very valuable data for validating an numerical model.

1.2.3 Development of the Volume Averaging Technique
The volume averaging technique is an analytical tool for describing the flow and
heat transfer in a porous media. This technique has found extensive uses in ground water
and pollution transport science, petroleum reservoir modeling, catalytic reactors, and
fluidized beds to mention a few.
Hassanizadeh and Gray point out that there are at least three methodologies for
describing the flow and heat transfer in multiphase systems, some of which rely mainly
on intuition and empirical observations (41). While these methodologies have led to
some of the original models, such as the Darcy model, the volume averaging technique
provides a formal framework for improving the science of porous media. All of the
current regenerator models in the open literature, such as REGEN and Sage, rely on the

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intuitive and empirical knowledge of the flow in the regenerator without any application
of the volume averaging technique. As a result, these models fall short of describing in
an exact fashion the flow and heat transfer in the regenerator.
Whitaker has been fundamental in the development of the volume averaging
technique and it application to a variety of problems; diffusion and dispersion in a
reactor, conduction in multi-phase systems, development of conditions for
nonhomogeneous porous media, local numerical studies and experimental validations to
investigate the validity of volume averaging closure conditions (42). Whitaker’s studies
have mainly focused on incompressible flow, but he has briefly talked about the case of
slightly compressible flow (43). Use of the volume averaging in this dissertation is
applied to a problem which is highly compressible due mainly to the large pressure
oscillations and the large temperature gradient across the regenerator.

1.2.4 Overview
To this end, the abundance of assumptions and modeling techniques for
regenerators creates the need for a systematic study of the phenomenon based on
fundamental conservation principles. This dissertation describes the derivation of the
macroscopic equations which govern the regenerator problem. These equations are
derived from the local governing equations for a generalized, compressible, real fluid.
These equations are referred to as local equations since they describe the flow of the fluid
within the pores. Thus, they are also referred to as the microscale equations. The
microscale equations are then transformed into a set of macroscale governing equations

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using volume-averaging. In this form, the governing equations describe the macroscopic
flow behavior in addition to the effect that the microscale flow has on the macroscopic
flow. The theory and details of the generalized volume-averaging technique is included
in Appendix 1. Chapter 2 begins by summarizing the microscopic and macroscopic
governing equations as developed in Appendix 1. Assumptions are then developed and
discussed which allow the governing equations to be simplified. Closure relationships
for friction, heat transfer, and dispersion are then developed to reduce the equation set to
a tractable problem definition. The chapter concludes with a presentation of a set of
illustrative exact solutions and scale analysis.
Chapter 3 details the development of a series of computational models. Several
models are developed which can be used to study several limiting assumptions such as
constant temperature and local thermal equilibrium. The numerical method used to solve
these models is the Method of Lines. Of significant importance is the development of the
artificial convergence technique which allows the problem to be converged rapidly. The
chapter concludes with the development and results of an exact solution verification.
Chapter 4 details the development of the experimental apparatus and data.
Regenerator steady flow data and system level cryocooler performance data is
summarized and discussed.
Results and discussion are included in Chapter 5. A system level model is
discussed which allows the regenerator boundary conditions to be estimated. The
numerical results of the detailed regenerator model are presented and compared with the
system level model. The limiting models which were developed in Chapter 3 are

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compared with the full regenerator model. A comparison of two regenerator models from
the literature, including the system level model, is provided for the baseline regenerator.
Steady flow pressure drop data is used to predict friction factors using a compressible
flow exact solution to the governing equations. This friction factor is compared with
friction factors measured in oscillating flow yielding excellent agreement.
Chapter 6 concludes this dissertation. The important results are summarized.
Future research topics are motivated and discussed.



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CHAPTER 2

2. THEORETICAL DEVELOPMENT

2.1 Governing Equations and Constitutive Relations
The development of a theoretical model for flow and heat transfer in a generalized
porous medium begins with a set of governing equations and constitutive relations for the
thermohydraulic system illustrated in Figure 4. In this system, there is a solid and a fluid
phase. The solid phase is assumed to be stationary and rigid with known thermal
properties which are functions of temperature. The fluid phase is assumed to behave as a
linearly viscous fluid. The fluid flow is assumed to be compressible, and the fluid
properties are known functions of temperature and pressure, or another combination of
state properties. The governing equations are derived in any fluid mechanics text and are
repeated here.
α
• x
α
β
• x
β
n
α
Averaging volume, V

Figure 4 - Thermohydraulic system of a typical porous media. The α-phase is a
Newtonian fluid and the β-phase is a solid.

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2.1.1 Conservation of Mass Equation
The differential statement of mass conservation for the α-phase (in strong
conservation form) is
( ) , 0 = ⋅ ∇ +


α α
α
ρ
ρ
u
t
r
(2-1)
where ρ
α
is the gas density and
α
u
r
is the gas velocity vector. This equation is a scalar
equation with 4 unknowns; the fluid density and three components of the fluid velocity.

2.1.2 Balance of Momentum Equations
The differential statement of the balance of momentum for a Newtonian fluid with
no body forces (in strong conservation form) is
( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) , 0
3
1
= ∇ ⋅ ∇ − ⋅ ∇ ∇ − ∇ + ⋅ ∇ +


α α α α α α α α α α
µ µ ρ ρ u u p u u u
t
r r r r r
(2-2)
where
α
µ is the gas viscosity coefficient, and p
α
is the mechanical pressure. This
equation is a vector equation with three components corresponding to the three
components of velocity. The balance of momentum equation produces 1 additional
unknown, the fluid pressure. The viscosity is a material property and is thus known from
experimental data.





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2.1.3 α-Phase Conservation of Energy Equation
The differential statement of the conservation of energy for a Newtonian fluid in
terms of the gas specific internal energy, e
α
, is
( )
( ) , 0 = ∇ − ⋅ ∇ +


α α α α α
α α
ρ
ρ
T k h u
t
e r
(2-3)
where h
α
is the gas enthalpy defined as
.
α
α
α α
ρ
p
e h + = (2-4)
It should be noted that Equation 2-3 is in strong conservation form. This is the preferred
form for the conservation equations. In this form, the gradient of the enthalpy flow
includes viscous dissipation, although it is not immediately obvious. Expanding this term
gives
( ) ( )
( ) .
α α α α α α α
α α α α α α α α
ρ
ρ ρ
p u u p e u
u p e u h u
∇ ⋅ + ⋅ ∇ + ⋅ ∇ =
+ ⋅ ∇ = ⋅ ∇
r r r
r r r
(2-5)
Using Equation (2-2), the pressure gradient can be eliminated by solving in terms of the
viscous and acceleration terms. It can then be shown that
α α α α
φ µ − = ∇ ⋅ p u
r
(2-6)
where
α
φ is the viscous dissipation function defined as
( ) ( ) ( ) ( ). : : 2 :
2
1
3
2
2 T T
u u u u u u u
α α α α α α α α
φ
r r r r r r r
∇ ∇ + ∇ ∇ + ∇ ∇ + ⋅ ∇ − = (2-7)
The double dot notation represents the scalar product of two tensors, and the superscript
“T” denoted the tensor transpose.


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2.1.4 β-Phase Conservation of Energy Equation
For the β-phase, the conservation of energy equation is written as
( ) ( ) , 0 = ∇ ⋅ ∇ −


β β
β
β
ρ T k
t
T
c (2-8)
where (ρc)
β
is the solid heat capacity per unit volume. Both energy equations are scalar
equations introducing an additional 3 unknowns; the fluid and solid temperatures, and the
fluid internal energy.

2.1.5 Equations of State
Thus far, the system of equations consists of six equations for eight unknowns,
requiring two additional equations to close the problem. These equations are the gas and
caloric equations of state which can be generally expressed as
( )
α α α
ρ e f p ,
1
= (2-9)
and
( ). ,
2 α α α
ρ e f T = (2-10)
The particular equations of state are arbitrary, and do not effect the form of the governing
equations. Ideal gas equations or real gas equations can be used.






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2.1.6 α-Phase Entropy Generation Equation
The differential statement of the second law of thermodynamics is given as
( )
( ) 0
,

|
|
.
|

\
|
⋅ ∇ + ⋅ ∇ +


= ′ ′ ′
α
α
α α α
α α
α
ρ
ρ
T
q
u s
t
s
s
gen
r
r
(2-11)
where
α , gen
s ′ ′ ′ represents the gas volumetric rate of entropy generation. The entropy, s
α
, is
a thermodynamic property which is fundamental to optimizing any thermodynamic
process. The inequality indicates that the entropy generation is always positive except for
totally reversible processes, in which case, it is zero. It will be shown later that the
entropy generation for the case of a porous media can be represented by three effects;
local conduction due to molecular diffusion and dispersion, gas-to-matrix convective heat
transfer through a finite film temperature difference, and flow losses due to viscous and
inertial effects.

2.1.7 β-Phase Entropy Generation Equation
For the β-phase, the entropy generation equation is written as
( )
. 0
,

|
|
.
|

\
|
⋅ ∇ +


= ′ ′ ′
β
β β β
β
ρ
T
q
t
s
s
gen
r
(2-12)
The entropy generation in the solid phase is caused by local conduction due to molecular
diffusion and gas-to-matrix convective heat transfer through a finite film temperature
difference.



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2.1.8 Summary of Equations
The system of equations represents 8 equations and 8 unknowns. Repeated here
is this system of equations.
( ) 0 = ⋅ ∇ +


α α
α
ρ
ρ
u
t
r
(2-13)
( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) 0
3
1
= ∇ ⋅ ∇ − ⋅ ∇ ∇ − ∇ + ⋅ ∇ +


α α α α α α α α α α
µ µ ρ ρ u u p u u u
t
r r r r r
(2-14)
( )
( ) 0 = ∇ − ⋅ ∇ +


α α α α α
α α
ρ
ρ
T k h u
t
e r
(2-15)
( ) ( ) 0 = ∇ ⋅ ∇ −


β β
β
β
ρ T k
t
T
c (2-16)
( )
( ) 0
,

|
|
.
|

\
|
⋅ ∇ + ⋅ ∇ +


= ′ ′ ′
α
α
α α α
α α
α
ρ
ρ
T
q
u s
t
s
s
gen
r
r
(2-17)
( )
. 0
,

|
|
.
|

\
|
⋅ ∇ +


= ′ ′ ′
β
β β β
β
ρ
T
q
t
s
s
gen
r
(2-18)
( )
α α α
ρ e f p ,
1
= (2-19)
( ). ,
2 α α α
ρ e f T = (2-20)
The unknowns are the local, instantaneous, non-volume averaged gas density, gas
velocity, gas internal energy, gas temperature, matrix temperature, gas and matrix
entropy generation, and gas pressure. These equations represent the microscale flow in
the porous media. The flow geometry is far too complicated to allow for a direct
application of these equations for any large scale porous system such as the regenerator.

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The flow is best analyzed in terms of volume-averaged quantities. The derivation of the
volume-averaged governing equations is the topic of Section 2.2.

2.2 Volume-Averaged Equations
The details of the volume averaging method are included as Appendix 1 in this
document. The resulting equations are repeated here.

2.2.1 Volume-Averaged Conservation of Mass Equation
The volume average of Equation (2-13) is
( ) . 0
ˆ
ˆ
1
= ⋅ ∇ + ⋅ ∇ +


α α
α
α
α
α
α
α
α
ρ
ε
ρ ρ u u
t
r r
(2-21)
where
α
ε is the gas phase volume fraction, or porosity as defined in Appendix 1. The
notation indicates a volume average which is also defined in Appendix 1. The “hat”
notation indicates a spatial deviation quantity. The volume averaging results in an
additional term to the standard continuity equation representing mass dispersion. This
term will be addressed later.







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2.2.2 Volume-Averaged Balance of Momentum Equation
The volume average of Equation (2-14) is
( ) ( ) ( ) ( )
( ) ( )
( ) . 0
ˆ ˆ
ˆ
1
ˆ
ˆ
1
ˆ
ˆ
1
ˆ ˆ
1
ˆ
ˆ
1
ˆ ˆ
3
ˆ
~ 1
3
1
= ⋅ ∇ + ⋅ ∇ +
⋅ ∇ + ⋅ ∇ +


+
(
¸
(

¸

∇ −
|
.
|

\
|
⋅ ∇ − ⋅ +
∇ ⋅ ∇ − ⋅ ∇ ∇ − ∇ + ⋅ ∇ +



α α α
α
α
α α α
α
α α
α
α
α
α α
α
α
α
α α
α
α α α
α
α α
α
α
α α
α
α α
α
α
α
α
α
α
α
α
α
α
α
α
ρ
ε
ρ
ε
ρ
ε
ρ
ε
ρ
ε
µ
µ
µ µ ρ ρ
αβ
u u u u
u u u u u
t
dS u u p I n
V
u u p u u u
t
A
r r r r
r r r r r
r r
r r r r r
(2-22)

The volume averaging has produced multiple terms which need to be eventually
represented as functions of the volume-averaged variables or eliminated justifiably.

2.2.3 Volume-Averaged α-Phase Conservation of Energy Equation
The volume average of Equation (2-15) is
( )
( )
( )
( ) ( ) . 0
ˆ ˆ
ˆ
1
ˆ
ˆ
1
ˆ ˆ
1
ˆ
ˆ
1
ˆ ˆ
1 1
ˆ
1
= ⋅ ∇ + ⋅ ∇ + ⋅ ∇ +
⋅ ∇ +


+ ∇ ⋅ −
(
¸
(

¸

|
|
.
|

\
|
+ ∇ ⋅ ∇ − ⋅ ∇ +




α α α
α
α
α α α
α
α α
α
α
α
α
α α α
α
α α
α
α α α
α
α α
α
α
α α
α
α
α
α
α
α
α
α
α
α
ρ
ε
ρ
ε
ρ
ε
ρ
ε
ρ
ε
ρ
ρ
αβ
αβ
h u h u h u
h u
t
e
dS T k n
V
dS T n
V
T k h u
t
e
A
A
r r r
r
r
(2-23)
Again, the volume averaging has produced many additional terms which will be address
in the following pages. The terms of the original energy equation have survived, except
these terms are now in the form of volume-averaged quantities.


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2.2.4 Volume-Averaged β-Phase Conservation of Energy Equation
The volume average of Equation (2-16) is
( )
. 0
1
ˆ
1
= ∇ ⋅ −
(
(
¸
(

¸

|
|
.
|

\
|
+ ∇ ⋅ ∇ −




αβ
αβ
β β β
β
β β
β
β
β β
β
β
β
ρ
A
A
dS T k n
V
dS T n
V
T k
t
T
c
(2-24)
Note that that the two energy equations, (2-23) and (2-24), are coupled via surface
conduction heat transfer terms in the form of surface integrals over the α-β interface area.
Later it will be shown that the surface integrals,

∇ ⋅ −
αβ
α α α
α
A
dS T k n
V
1
(2-25)
and
,
1

∇ ⋅ −
αβ
β β β
β
A
dS T k n
V
(2-26)
represent the convection between the two phases.









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2.2.5 Volume-Averaged α-Phase Entropy Generation Equation
The volume averaging of Equation (2-17) is
( )
( ) ( ) ( )
( )


⋅ −
(
(
¸
(

¸


⋅ ∇ −
⋅ ∇ + ⋅ ∇ +
⋅ ∇ + ⋅ ∇ + ⋅ ∇ +


+


= ′ ′ ′
αβ
α
α α
α
α α
α
α
α
α α α
α
α
α α α
α
α α
α
α
α
α
α α α
α
α
α
α
α
α
α
α α
α
α
α
α
α
α
α
ε
ρ
ε
ρ
ε
ρ
ε
ρ
ε
ρ
ρ
ε
ρ
A
gen
dS
T
T k
n
V T
T
k
u s s u
u s u s u s
t
s
t
s
s
1 1
ˆ
ˆ ˆ
1
ˆ
ˆ
1
ˆ
ˆ
1
ˆ ˆ
1
ˆ ˆ
1
,
r r
r r r
(2-27)

2.2.6 Volume-Averaged β-Phase Entropy Generation Equation
The volume average of Equation (2-18) is


⋅ −
(
(
¸
(

¸


⋅ ∇ −


= ′ ′ ′
αβ
β
β β
β
β β
β
β
β
β
β
β
β
β
ε
ρ
A
gen
dS
T
T k
n
V T
T
k
t
s
s
1 1
,
. (2-28)
As with the energy equations, the entropy generation equations now contain terms which
will be shown later to represent entropy generation due to solid-to-gas convection
through a film temperature difference,


⋅ −
αβ
α
α α
α
α
A
dS
T
T k
n
V
1
(2-29)
and
,
1


⋅ −
αβ
β
β β
β
β
A
dS
T
T k
n
V
(2-30)
as well as entropy generation due to molecular diffusion,

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(
(
¸
(

¸


⋅ ∇ −
α
α
α
α
ε T
T
k
1
(2-31)
and
.
1
(
(
¸
(

¸


⋅ ∇ −
β
β
β
β
ε T
T
k (2-32)

2.3 Simplifying Assumptions
At this point in the development of the volume-averaged equations, the assumptions
are:
1) The solid phase is stationary and non-deforming.
2) The porosity is constant.
3) The fluid phase satisfies the no-slip condition on the fluid-solid interface.
4) Fluid and solid properties, such as conductivity and viscosity, can be treated as
locally constant with respect to the averaging volume. Properties are assumed to
vary with the intrinsic-averaged state variables.
To facilitate the equations to be in a tractable form, all terms containing deviation
quantities must be expressed as functions of the averaged variables.

2.3.1 Density Spatial Deviation
The pore scale velocity varies across the cross section of a pore due to the no-slip
Dirichlet boundary condition at the fluid-solid surface (see Figure 5.) This results in an
order of magnitude estimate for the velocity deviation, . ~
ˆ
α
α α
u u
r r


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( ) t x u ,
r r
( ) t x u ,
ˆ
r r
α
( ) t x u ,
r r α
α
α
β
α
α α
u u
r r
~
ˆ
( ) t x u ,
r r
( ) t x u ,
ˆ
r r
α
( ) t x u ,
r r α
α
α
β
α
α α
u u
r r
~
ˆ

Figure 5 – Conceptual diagram illustrating the local velocity, velocity deviation, and
the volume-averaged velocity.

Since density does not satisfy a Dirichlet boundary condition at the fluid-solid interface,
the density deviation is small compared to the volume-averaged density (43). The
consequence of this assumption is
{
. ˆ
α
α α
α
α α
ρ ρ ρ ρ ≅ + =
negligible
(2-33)
The consequences of this assumption can be illustrated by considering the volume
average of the ideal gas law which gives

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.
ˆ
ˆ
α α
α
α
α
α
α
α
α
ρ
ε
ρ T
R
T R p + = (2-34)
Neglecting the density deviation eliminates the last term in Equation (2-34), even though
the temperature deviation is not negligible. This assumption will effectively eliminate a
large number of terms in the volume-averaged equations. This conclusion is true for
ideal or real gases.

2.3.2 Negligible Mechanical Dispersion
The mechanical dispersion term appearing in the momentum and energy
equations is
( ) .
ˆ ˆ
α α
α
α
ρ u u
r r
⋅ ∇ (2-35)
Gray and O’Neill (44) identify the mechanical dispersion term appearing in the
momentum equation. They propose that this term can be expressed as
α
α
α
α
α
α
α
α α α
u u G u E u D u u
r r r r r r
:
~ ~ ~
ˆ ˆ
4 3 2
+ ⋅ = = (2-36)
where the numerical subscripts represent the rank of the tensors. Whitaker (45) shows by
scale analysis that the dispersion term for such flows is, in general, negligibly small in
comparison to the surface integral which represents the Darcy and Forchheimer effects.
Thus, this analysis will neglect the mechanical dispersion terms.





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2.3.3 Thermal Dispersion
The thermal dispersion term in the fluid energy equation is
( ) .
ˆ ˆ
α α
α
α
ρ h u
r
⋅ ∇ (2-37)
This term can be at least an order of magnitude larger than the molecular diffusion term.
Whitaker shows in an analogous fashion, that this dispersion is diffusive at the
macroscopic scale and the dispersion coefficient is proportional to the Peclet number
(42). Taking the molecular diffusion term and the dispersion term together, Whitaker
suggests that these terms reduce to
( )
α
α α
α
α α
α
α α α α α
ρ ε ε
αβ
h D T dS b n
V
k
A
∇ ⋅ ⋅ ∇ −
(
¸
(

¸


|
.
|

\
|
+ Ι ⋅ ∇ −

~ ~ 1 ~
(2-38)
where the dispersion tensor is
α
D
~
. The closure variable,
α
b
~
, must be solved for
numerically. The effective conductivity is then defined as
.
~ 1 ~
,
|
.
|

\
|
+ Ι =

αβ
α α α α
A
eff
dS b n
V
k k (2-39)
Equation (2-38) can then be written as
( )
α
α α
α
α α
α
α α α
ρ ε ε h D T k
eff
∇ ⋅ + ∇ ⋅ ∇ −
~
,
(2-40)
which can be simplified assuming
α
α α
α
α
T c h
p
∇ = ∇
,
(2-41)
to
( ) | |.
~
, ,
α
α α α
α
α α α
ρ ε T D c k
p eff
∇ ⋅ + ⋅ ∇ − (2-42)


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Gedeon also recognizes this Peclet dependence (36). He calls this phenomenon axial-
conductivity enhancement, which is an essential definition of thermal dispersion. He
suggests that
( )
α α α α
α
α α
ρ k N c c k D c k
k
n m
xx p eff
= + = + Pr Re
2 1 , , ,
(2-43)
and he reports coefficients for several matrices of interest for regenerators such as wire
mesh screens and felts. This functional form for the dispersion agrees with other
empirical predictions (42).

2.3.4 Entropy Generation Due to Thermal Dispersion
It was shown that the terms in the gas energy equation representing molecular diffusion
and dispersion,
( )
(
(
¸
(

¸

|
|
.
|

\
|
+ ∇ ⋅ ∇ − ⋅ ∇

αβ
α α
α
α
α α α α
α
α
α
ρ
ε
A
dS T n
V
T k h u
ˆ
1
ˆ ˆ
1 r
, (2-44)
reduce to
( )
α
α α
T k N
k
∇ ⋅ ∇ − .
The same terms in the gas entropy generation equation,
( )
(
(
¸
(

¸


⋅ ∇ − ⋅ ∇
α
α
α
α
α α
α
α
α
ε
ρ
ε T
T
k u s
1
ˆ
ˆ
1 r
, (2-45)
represent entropy generation due to dispersion and molecular diffusion, respectively.
They reduce similarly to
|
|
.
|

\
|

⋅ ∇ −
α
α
α
α α
T
T k N
k
.

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2.3.5 Negligible Brinkman Effect
The Brinkman effect is represented by the term
( ) ( )
α
α α
α
α α
µ µ u u
r r
∇ ⋅ ∇ + ⋅ ∇ ∇
3
1
(2-46)
and is generally negligible in comparison to the Darcy and Forchheimer effects (45). The
Brinkman effect will be neglected in this analysis, yielding a spatially first order
momentum equation.

2.3.6 One Dimensional Model on the Macroscopic Length Scale
It is improper to impose a no-slip boundary condition on the macroscopic problem
of a porous medium bounded by a solid surface. The wall can only satisfy a no-slip
boundary condition for the microscopic flow problem. The solid wall that contains the
regenerator matrix has minimal effect on the macroscopic flow field. The microscale
flow is affected by viscous shear and interfacial heat transfer. Both of these effects are
related to surface area. For an averaging volume containing the wall, the ratio of the wall
surface area to the matrix surface area will be quite small. It is reasonable to conclude
that the wall will have minimal effect on the macroscopic flow in the axial direction. For
a 2-D axisymmetric flow, the wall boundary condition is simply zero normal velocity,
which reduces to zero radial velocity for a cylindrical regenerator.
Typically the flow passages at the ends of the regenerator are designed with a
contraction in diameter in an effort to minimize dead volume. This will lead to flow
jetting at the ends of the regenerator necessitating the need for a 2D model. It is not clear
how this flow jetting will affect the regenerator performance, and this is an area of

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ongoing research. For the current model, it is assumed that the flow approaches the
regenerator with a uniform profile. In this situation, there is no driving force to create
anything other than a one dimensional macroscopic flow field.
The regenerator is bounded on the ends by a homogeneous fluid in which the
differential continuum equations are valid. The transitional region between the
homogeneous fluid and homogeneous porous medium has been analyzed by Ochoa-Tapia
and Whitaker (46, 47, 48). They find that the transition creates a jump condition in the
momentum and energy equations. These conditions lead to additional parameters which
need to be measured experimentally. Further analysis is needed to determine the
magnitude of these effects.

2.4 Simplified Equations
The preceding assumptions lead to a large reduction in the equation complexity.
Several additional terms remain which need to be represented in terms of volume
averaged quantities. These relations are developed in the following discussion.

2.4.1 Simplified Conservation of Mass Equation
Under these assumptions, the volume-averaged conservation of mass equation (2-
21) becomes
( ) . 0 =


+


α α
α
ρ
ρ
u
x t
(2-47)
where the volume averaging notation has been dropped where appropriate. This is the
standard one dimensional continuity equation in terms of volume-averaged quantities.

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2.4.2 Simplified Balance of Momentum Equation
The momentum equation (2-22) becomes
( ) ( )
0
ˆ ˆ
3
ˆ
~ 1
=
(
¸
(

¸

∇ − |
.
|

\
|
⋅ ∇ − ⋅ +


+


+



4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 3 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 2 1
r r
effects r Forchheime and Darcy
A
dS u u p I n
V
x
p
u u
x
u
t
αβ
α α α
α
α α
α
α
α α α α α
µ
µ
ρ ρ
(2-48)
which still contains the surface integral of the deviation quantities. Following the
analysis of Whitaker (45), the surface integral in Equation (2-48) can be written such that
( ) ( ) | | { } . 0
~ ~ ~
1
= + ⋅ +


+


+



α α α
α
α α α α α
ε µ ρ ρ u F I K
x
p
u u
x
u
t
xx
(2-49)
The permeability, K, and form drag coefficient, c
f
, are defined as
| |.
~
~
Re
2 / 1
α
α
α α
α
µ
ρ
ε u sign
K u
c F
K K
K
f xx
xx
43 42 1
=
=
(2-50)
Note that the Forchheimer correction is expressed in terms of a Reynolds number based
on the permeability length scale. The permeability has units of length squared. The
momentum equation is now written as
( ) ( ) | | . 0
2 / 1
2
2
= + +


+


+


α
α
α α α
α α α
α α α α α
ε
ρ
ε µ
ρ ρ u sign
K
c
u u
K x
p
u u
x
u
t
f
(2-51)





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2.4.3 Simplified α-Phase Conservation of Energy Equation
The volume-averaged conservation of energy equation for the α-phase (2-23) can
be simplified to
( )
. 0
1
= ∇ ⋅ −
|
|
.
|

\
|





+



αβ
α α α
α
α
α
α
α
α
α
α
α
α
α
α
α
α
ρ
ρ
A
k
dS T k n
V
x
T
k N h u
x t
e
(2-52)

2.4.4 Simplified β-Phase Conservation of Energy Equation
The β-phase conservation of energy equation (2-24) can be simplified to
( )
. 0
1
ˆ
1
= ∇ ⋅ −
(
(
¸
(

¸

|
|
|
.
|

\
|
+









αβ
αβ
β β β
β
β β
β
β
β
β
β
β
β
ρ
A
A
dS T k n
V
dS T n
V x
T
k
x t
T
c
(2-53)
The last term in Equation (2-53) is a surface integral representing the volumetric heat
transfer between the two phases. The same integral appears in Equation (2-52). These
two integrals are exactly of the same magnitude and are opposite in sign. Whitaker (42)
has proposed that these integrals be represented as
( ),
1 1 α
α
β
β α α α
α
β β β
β α
β
αβ αβ
ε
ε
T T H a dS T k n
V
dS T k n
V
v
A A
− = ∇ ⋅ = ∇ ⋅ −
∫ ∫
(2-54)
where a
v
H is the volumetric heat transfer coefficient. Substitution of Equation (2-54) into
Equation (2-52) and Equation (2-53) results in a two-equation energy model

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( )
( ) 0 = − −
|
|
.
|

\
|





+


α
α
β
β
α
α
α
α
α
α
α
α
α
α
α
α
α
ρ
ρ
T T H a
x
T
k N h u
x t
e
v
k
(2-55)
and
( )
( ) . 0
ˆ
1
= − +
(
(
¸
(

¸

|
|
|
.
|

\
|
+








α
α
β
β
β
α
β β
β
β
β
β
β
β
β
ε
ε
ρ
αβ
T T H a
dS T n
V x
T
k
x t
T
c
v
A
(2-56)
The conduction term in Equation (2-56) can be written as
(
(
¸
(

¸





− =
(
(
¸
(

¸



|
.
|

\
|
+ Ι




x
T
k
x x
T
dS b n
V
k
x
A
β
β
β β
β
β
β β β
τ
αβ
~ 1 ~
(2-57)
where τ
β
is referred to as the “tortuosity” by Gedeon (36). The terminology for tortuosity
can be confusing since tortuosity is also used in the context of the fluid phase. The
closure variable,
β
b
~
, must be solved for numerically. Experiments have suggested that
the tortuosity is less than or equal to one. Tortuosity equal to one represents parallel path
geometries such as tube bundles. Geometries such as wire mesh, felts, and sintered
metals have tortuosities less than one. Unlike dispersion, the tortuosity is thought to be a
function of geometry only, and not the flow field. Using this result, and dropping the
volume averaging notation, the energy equations can be respectively written in final form
as

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( )
( ) 0 = − − |
.
|

\
|





+


α β
α
α α α α
α α
ρ
ρ
T T H a
x
T
k N h u
x t
e
v k
(2-58)
and
( ) ( ) . 0 = − +
(
¸
(

¸








α β
β
α
β
β β
β
β
ε
ε
τ ρ T T H a
x
T
k
x t
T
c
v
(2-59)

2.4.5 Simplified α-Phase Entropy Generation Equation
The simplified gas entropy generation equation (2-27) is
( )
( )
0
1
,


⋅ −
(
(
¸
(

¸








+


= ′ ′ ′

αβ
α
α α
α
α
α
α α
α
α
α
α
α
α
α
α
α
α
α
α
α
α
ρ
ρ
A
k
gen
dS
T
T k
n
V
T
x
T
k N
x
u s
x t
s
s
r
(2-60)

2.4.6 Simplified β-Phase Entropy Generation Equation
The simplified gas entropy generation equation (2-28) is
0
1
,


⋅ −
(
(
¸
(

¸








= ′ ′ ′

αβ
β
β β
β
β
β
β β
β
β β
β
β
β
β
β
τ
ρ
A
gen
dS
T
T k
n
V
T
x
T
k
x t
s
s (2-61)
The last term in Equation (2-60) is a surface integral representing the entropy generation
due to volumetric heat transfer between the two phases. The same integral appears in
Equation (2-61). By a similar method as that with the energy method, these terms can be
expressed as

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( )
α
α
β
β α
α
β
β β
β
β
αβ
T T
T
H a
dS
T
T k
n
V
v
A
− =

⋅ −

1
(2-62)
and
( ).
1 α
α
β
β β
β
α
α α
α
α
αβ
T T
T
H a
dS
T
T k
n
V
v
A
− =



(2-63)
Substitution of Equation (2-62) and Equation (2-63) into the entropy generation model
and dropping the volume averaging notation results in
( )
( ) ( )
α β
β
α
α
α
α α α
α α
α
ρ
ρ
T T
T
H a
x
T
T
k N
x
s u
x t
s
s
v k
gen
− −
(
¸
(

¸








+


= ′ ′ ′
,
(2-64)
and
( ) .
, α β
α
β
β
β β β
β β
τ
ρ T T
T
H a
x
T
T
k
x t
s
s
v
gen
− +
(
(
¸
(

¸








= ′ ′ ′ (2-65)
At this point, it is possible to write the entropy generation rate equation for the gas-matrix
system, which is
. 0
, , ,
≥ ′ ′ ′ + ′ ′ ′ = ′ ′ ′
gen gen sys gen
s s s
β β α α
ε ε (2-66)
By using the Bridgman tables (49) the Maxwell relation for a pure substance can be
written in a more convenient form as
( ) ,
1
ρ
ρ
hd dE
T
ds − = (2-67)
which can then be used to simplify the entropy generation equations for the gas and the
matrix. After considerable simplification, using the energy and momentum equations, the
gas entropy generation equation reduces to

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.
2
2
2 ,
x
p
T
u
T T
T T
H a
x
T
T
k N
s
v k
gen


− − + |
.
|

\
|


= ′ ′ ′
α
α
α
α β
β α
α
α
α
α
(2-68)
For an incompressible substance, the Maxwell Relation reduces to
, dT
T
c
ds = (2-69)
which, together with the matrix energy equation, and the matrix entropy generation
equation reduces to
.
2
2
2 , α β
β α
β
β
β β
β
τ
T T
T T
H a
x
T
T
k
s
v
gen
− +
|
|
.
|

\
|


= ′ ′ ′ (2-70)
Now the system entropy generation equation can be written
. 0
2
2
2
2
2 ,



− − +
|
|
.
|

\
|


+ |
.
|

\
|


= ′ ′ ′
43 42 1
4 43 4 42 1 4 4 3 4 4 2 1
4 4 3 4 4 2 1
losses inertial and viscous
transfer heat Film
v
conduction Matrix
conduction Gas
k
sys gen
x
p
T
u
T T
T T
H a
x
T
T
k
x
T
T
k N
s
α
α
α
α α β
β α
β
β
β β
β
α
α
α
α
ε
τ
ε ε (2-71)
It should be noted that all terms are positive definite, including the last term representing
entropy generation due to viscous and inertial losses. This requires that the sign of the
pressure gradient always be opposite to the sign of the velocity. This is an interesting
result, but not one that is immediately obvious. Using the momentum equation, this term
can be written as
0 ≥ |
.
|

\
|
+


+


=


− F
x
u u
t
u
T
u
x
p
T
u
α α α α α
α
α α
α
α
ρ ρ
(2-72)
where F is the Darcy-Forchheimer surface integral,

42
.
ˆ ˆ
3
ˆ
~ 1
∫ (
¸
(

¸

∇ − |
.
|

\
|
⋅ ∇ − ⋅ =
αβ
α α α
α
α α
α
µ
µ
A
dS u u p I n
V
F
r r
(2-73)
This indicates that if F IS NOT a strict function of velocity as proposed then it must
combine with the acceleration terms such that the entropy generation is positive definite.
For positive velocity
x
u u
t
u
F





− ≥
α α α α α
ρ ρ
(2-74)
and for negative velocity
.
x
u u
t
u
F





− ≤
α α α α α
ρ ρ
(2-75)
The other implication which is possible to extract from this result is that if F IS a strict
function of velocity, as proposed, then the acceleration terms should be eliminated from
the momentum equation. This produces the positive definite result
. 0
1
2 / 1
2
3 2

¦
)
¦
`
¹
¦
¹
¦
´
¦
+ = =



K
c
u u
K T
F
T
u
x
p
T
u
f
ε
ρ
µε
α α α
α α
α α
α
α
(2-76)
There is an additional requirement on the functionality of the interfacial
convection terms. The assumptions imposed by Equation (2-54) must satisfy the
additional requirement that

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. 0
ˆ
1
ˆ
1
2
≥ ∇ ⋅
|
|
|
.
|

\
|
− =


αβ
α α α
β
β
β
β
β
α
α
α
α
α
α
α
β
β β
β
α
α
A
v
dS T k n
T T
T
V
T T
T
V
T T
T T
H a
(2-77)
where the volume averaging notation is reapplied for clarity. This statement is produced
by retaining the surface integrals representing the interfacial heat transfer through the
simplification process for the gas and matrix entropy generation equations. In this form,
it is clear that the entropy generation due to this effect is directly dependent on the
temperature deviation quantities,
α
T
ˆ
and
β
T
ˆ
, which are defined in the Appendix 1. These
quantities are proportional to the volume-averaged temperature difference.
The entropy generation can be used to calculate lost available power by
integrating the volumetric entropy generation rate over the entire regenerator. The lost
power is then the total entropy generation rate times the reference temperature giving
.
0
2
2
2
2
2
0
,


(
(
¸
(

¸



− − +
|
|
.
|

\
|


+ |
.
|

\
|


=
′ ′ ′ =
r
L
v k
o
L
sys gen o lost
Adx
x
p
T
u
T T
T T
H a
x
T
T
k
x
T
T
k N
T
Adx s T W
α
α
α
α α β
β α
β
β
β β
β
α
α
α
α
ε
τ
ε ε
&
(2-78)
The reference temperature is the lowest naturally occurring temperature in the system.
The lost power represents the additional input power that is required to perform the same
thermodynamic function as compared to an internally reversible refrigerator. The lost
power is a scalar value which can then be used as an optimization parameter. This idea is
not investigated beyond this level in the dissertation other than calculating this value in
Chapter 5. This form of the lost power represents an internal method of calculation. An

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alternative method can be considered based on an external control volume. The lost
power for a quasi-steady system with only mass flow interactions with the external
environment can be found by cyclical integration of the entropy flux at the boundaries.
These two methods of calculating the lost power will give identical results for an
analytical system, but differences will be notices for a numerical approximation. This
provides a good method for evaluating the accuracy of a numerical scheme. Values of
this lost power discrepancy are reported in Chapter 5 for the numerical model presented
in Chapter 3.

2.4.7 Summary of Equations
The system of equations representing the one dimensional regenerator is repeated
here with the volume average notations removed. The mass flux is defined as m, and the
volumetric gas internal energy is defined as E. The α-subscripts are dropped for
simplicity. The porosity of the solid phase is defined to be one minus the gas porosity, ε.
0 =


+


x
m
t
ρ
(2-79)
| | 0
2 / 1
2
2 2
= + +
|
|
.
|

\
|
+


+


m sign
K
c
m m
K
p
m
x t
m
f
ε
ρ ρ
µε
ρ
(2-80)
( ) 0 = − − |
.
|

\
|





+


T T H a
x
T
k N mh
x t
E
v k β
(2-81)
( ) ( ) 0
1
= −

+
(
¸
(

¸








T T H a
x
T
k
x t
T
c
v β
β
β β
β
β
ε
ε
τ ρ (2-82)


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x
p
T
m
T T
TT
H a
x
T
T
k N
s
v k
gen


− − + |
.
|

\
|


= ′ ′ ′
ρ
β
β
2
2
2
(2-83)
2
2
2 ,
1
T T
TT
H a
x
T
T
k
s
v
gen


+
|
|
.
|

\
|


= ′ ′ ′
β
β
β
β
β β
β
ε
ε
τ
(2-84)
( ) . 0 1
2
2
2
2
2
,



− − +
|
|
.
|

\
|


− + |
.
|

\
|


= ′ ′ ′
x
p
T
m
T T
TT
H a
x
T
T
k
x
T
T
k N
s
v k
sys gen
ρ
ε
τ
ε ε
β
β
β
β
β β
(2-85)
( ) E f T ,
1
ρ = (2-86)
( ) E f p ,
2
ρ = (2-87)
This system of PDEs represents 9 equations to be solved for
ρ Gas density
m Gas mass flux
E Gas total energy per unit volume
T Gas temperature
p Gas pressure
β
T Matrix temperature
gen
s ′ ′ ′ Gas volumetric entropy generation rate
gen
s
, β
′ ′ ′ Matrix volumetric entropy generation rate
sys gen
s
,
′ ′ ′ Total volumetric entropy generation rate
The volumetric total energy, E , is chosen as the conserved quantity in the gas energy
equation. This is simply the product of the internal energy and density. These equations
require appropriate boundary and initial conditions which will be discussed.

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These equations represent a fully compressible model for flow and heat transfer in
a porous medium. The porous medium is completely characterized by the specification
of the porosity, friction factor, dispersion coefficient, solid tortuosity, and heat transfer
coefficient in addition to fluid and solid thermal properties. At this point in the
development, these equations apply to one-dimensional steady, unsteady, or oscillating
flow. For limiting cases, important exact solutions exist, and these are discussed in
section 2.5 that follows.

2.5 Exact Solutions
Experimental measurement of the permeability and inertia coefficient is
conducted by measuring the steady mass flow rate and pressure drop through a one-
dimensional channel. Under steady state conditions, the first term in Equation (2-51) is
zero, and the momentum equation reduces to
| | . 0
2 / 1
2
2
= + + +
α
α
α α α
α α α α
α α
ε
ρ
ε µ
ρ u sign
K
c
u u
K dx
dp
dx
du
u
f
(2-88)
The continuity equation reduces to
,
1
1
α
α α α
ρ ρ
u
C
C u = ⇒ = (2-89)
and the momentum equation becomes (for positive velocity and ideal gas)
,
2 / 1
2
1
3
2
(
(
¸
(

¸

+ − =
(
¸
(

¸


K
c
KC dx
du
u
RT u
f α
α α α
α
α
ε
ε µ
(2-90)
which can be integrated to give

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( ) .
2
2
2 / 1
2
1
2
C x
K
c
KC u
RT
u Ln
f
+
(
(
¸
(

¸

+ − = +
α
α α
α
α
ε
ε µ
(2-91)
The two constants can now be solved to give
f
A
m
C
&
=
1
(2-92)
and
,
2
2
2
0
2
0
2
RT m
p A
p A
RT m
Ln C
f
f
&
&
+
|
|
.
|

\
|
= (2-93)
where p
0
is the pressure at the inlet. The result is an implicit equation for velocity which
apparently needs to be solved numerically,
.
2
1
2
1 1
2 / 1
2 2
0
2
0
x
RTK
c
K m RT
A
m RT
A p
u RT m
p A u
Ln
RT
f f f f
(
(
¸
(

¸

+ −
|
|
.
|

\
|
= +
|
|
.
|

\
|
α α α
α
α
ε ε µ
& & &
(2-94)
Equation (2-94) represents a steady, compressible, isothermal Forchheimer momentum
equation. This equation allows the selection of the mass flow rate and the inlet pressure.
By solving for the velocity at the outlet allows for calculating the density at the outlet,
and thus the pressure, as outlined in what follows. In such a manner, experimental data
can be used to solve for the two Darcy and Forchheimer coefficients iteratively.
If the convective acceleration term is neglected in the momentum equation, an
additional exact solution can be obtained for the case of steady, isothermal, compressible
flow. The problem is defined by

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dx
du
u A
m
dx
d
A u
m
f f
α
α
α
α
α
ρ
ρ
2
& &
− = ⇒ = (2-95)
,
1
2 / 1
2
3
RTK
c
K m RT
A
dx
du
u
f f α α α
α
α
ε ε µ
+ =
&
(2-96)
which can be integrated to give
.
2
1
2 / 1
2
2
x
RTK
c
K m RT
A
C
u
f f
|
|
.
|

\
|
+ − =
α α α
α
ε ε µ
&
(2-97)
The constant can be solved to give
.
2
1
2
0
|
|
.
|

\
|
=
m RT
A p
C
f
&
(2-98)
The result is an equation for velocity,
,
2
1
2
1
2 / 1
2
2
0
2
x
RTK
c
K m RT
A
m RT
A p
u
f f f
|
|
.
|

\
|
+ −
|
|
.
|

\
|
=
α α α
α
ε ε µ
& &
(2-99)
which is identical to Equation (2-94) after dropping the natural logarithm term. This
equation can be solved directly for the velocity giving
. 2
1
2 / 1
2
2
0

(
(
¸
(

¸

|
|
.
|

\
|
+ −
|
|
.
|

\
|
= x
RTK
c
K m RT
A
m RT
A p
u
f f f α α α
α
ε ε µ
& &
(2-100)
If the flow is steady, isothermal, and incompressible, the continuity equation reduces to
0 =
dx
du
α
(2-101)
and the Forchheimer Momentum Equation reduces to

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| | , 0
2 / 1
2
2
= + +
α
α
α α α
α α α
ε
ρ
ε µ
u sign
K
c
u u
K dx
dp
f
(2-102)
which is the standard “incompressible” Forchheimer Equation. This equation implies
that the pressure gradient and density are known constants and not related through an
equation of state. Thus, the pressure gradient must be constant giving
| | 0
2 / 1
2
2
0
= + +

α
α
α α α
α α
ε
ρ
ε µ
u sign
K
c
u u
K L
p p
f
r
L
(2-103)
The pressure at the outlet can be solved in terms of the inlet pressure and mass flow rate
giving
. 2
2 / 1 2
2
2
0
|
|
.
|

\
|
+ − =
K A
c m
KA
m
RT L p p
f
f
f
r L
α
α α
ε
ε µ
&
&
(2-104)
These three models are compared in Chapter 5. The compressible model and the
incompressible model differ by 31% in predicting friction factor. The effect of the
advective acceleration term is shown to be negligible in predicting friction factor.

2.6 Scale Analysis
A non-traditional scale analysis method is adopted for scaling the partial
differential system of equations. Since a partial differential equation relates the change of
a variable in more than one dimension, it is sensible to expect that there are separate
scales for each dimension. Thus, separate temporal and spatial scales are used.



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2.6.1 Conservation of Mass Equation Scale Analysis
The scale analysis begins by scaling the continuity equation. By choosing
independent temporal and spatial scales for density and mass flux, the scaled continuity
equation is written as
0
~
=


(
¸
(

¸

+


x
m t
L
m
t
s
s
ρ
ρ
(2-105)
where the tilde overbar represents the temporal scale and the dash overbar represents the
spatial scale. Arbitrary length and time scales,
s
L and
s
t , have been used. The result of
this scaling is the single balance
m
L
t
s
s
ρ
~
~ . (2-106)
The scaled continuity equation then reduces to the familiar form
0 =


+


x
m
t
ρ
. (2-107)

2.6.2 Balance of Momentum Equation Scale Analysis
Next, the momentum equation is similarly scaled to give
| |
0
~ ~
~
~
~
~ 2 2
=
(
¸
(

¸

+


(
¸
(

¸

+
|
|
.
|

\
|


(
¸
(

¸

+


f
m sign m
K
L
m
m
x
p
m m
p m
x m
m
t
m
s
ρ ρ
ρ ρ
ρ ρ
ρ
. (2-108)
where the friction factor and the Reynolds number are, respectively
f
K
c f
2
Re
ε
ε
+ = (2-109)
and

51
*
*
Re
µ
K m
K
= . (2-110)
where the asterisks denote dimensional quantities. The length scale in the Reynolds
number is the square root of the permeability, not the macroscopic length scale, L
s
. The
macroscopic length scale represents the length scale of the macroscopic flow while the
permeability length scale represents the length scale of the microscopic flow which is
what drives the Darcy and Forchheimer effects. The fact that two length scales have been
defined is evident since the volume averaging method requires such a result. The two
length scales are necessary to model a porous media as a continuum where the
macroscopic and microscopic effects are united. The basic assumption of the volume
averaging method is that the macroscopic length scale is orders of magnitude larger than
the microscopic length scale. Thus, it is necessary to define these two length scales, and
it is expected that the model will eventually depend on two length scales.
This scaling leads to two balances. The first balance is proposed for the temporal
and spatial acceleration terms, which gives
ρ
ρ
~
~
~
m
m
. (2-111)
The remaining balance between the pressure gradient and the friction terms results in
K
L m
p
s
ρ
2 ~
~ . (2-112)
These two scales lead to the scaled momentum equation,

52
| |
0
2
1
2
=
(
¸
(

¸

+


Γ +
|
|
.
|

\
|


+


f
m sign m
x
p m
x t
m
ρ ρ
, (2-113)
which is characterized by a leading order dimensionless parameter,
K
L
s
2
1
~
|
|
.
|

\
|
= Γ
ρ
ρ
. (2-114)
Since this parameter is much larger than the remaining acceleration terms, which are O(1)
in this form, it is tempting to consider dropping the acceleration terms. This results in an
algebraic equation for the velocity given the pressure field.

2.6.3 α-Phase Conservation of Energy Equation Scale Analysis
Using an additional scale for the interfacial temperature difference, T
ˆ
, the scaled
gas energy equation is
( ) | | ( ) 0
ˆ
~
~
2
= − − |
.
|

\
|




(
¸
(

¸




(
¸
(

¸

+


(
¸
(

¸

T T H T H a
x
T
k N
x L
T k
mh
x L
h m
t
E
L
m E
s v k
s
s
s s
β
ρ
(2-115)
which can be reduced to
( )
( ) 0 4
~
ˆ
~ ~
= −
(
(
¸
(

¸


|
.
|

\
|




(
(
¸
(

¸




(
¸
(

¸

+


T T H
c m
H
K
L
T c
T c
x
T
k N
x K c m
k
L
K
T c
T c
mh
x T c
T c
t
E
ps
s s
vs
ps
k
ps
s
s vs
ps
vs
ps
β
(2-116)
if

53
T c E
vs
~
~
~
ρ = , (2-117)
T c h
ps
=
, (2-118)
and
vs
ps
c
c
= γ . (2-119)
By defining the reference Peclet number and the reference Stanton number respectively
as
s
ps
k
K c m
Pe = (2-120)
and
m c
H
St
ps
s
= , (2-121)
and the surface area per unit volume as
K
a
v
4
= , (2-122)
the gas energy equation becomes
( ) ( ) 0 4
~
ˆ
1
~ ~
= −
(
¸
(

¸

− |
.
|

\
|




(
¸
(

¸




(
¸
(

¸

+


T T H St
K
L
T
T
x
T
k N
x Pe L
K
T
T
mh
x T
T
t
E
s
k
s
β
γ γ γ . (2-123)
The proper balance is between the interfacial heat transfer term and the enthalpy
advection term which gives
s
L
K
T
T
St
4
1
ˆ
~ . (2-124)
This leads to the final scaled gas energy equation,

54
( ) 0
1 2
=
(
¸
(

¸

− − |
.
|

\
|





Γ +


T T H
x
T
k N mh
x t
E
k β
ε (2-125)
which is characterized by an additional leading order dimensionless parameter,
T
T
~ 2
γ = Γ (2-126)
and a second order dimensionless parameter
Pe L
K
s
1
1
= ε . (2-127)
The last parameter, which characterizes the diffusive flux, is very small in comparison to
the first parameter. This indicates that the gas energy equation is dominated be advection
and interfacial heat transfer.

2.6.4 β-Phase Conservation of Energy Equation Scale Analysis
The matrix energy equation can be scaled to produce
( )
( )
( )
( ) . 0
~
ˆ
4
~
1
1
~
~
= −
(
(
¸
(

¸


+
(
¸
(

¸





(
(
¸
(

¸




T T H St
T
T
K
L
c
c
x
T
k
x Pe L
K
k
k
T
T
c
c
t
T
c
s
s
vs
s s
s
s
vs
β
β
β
β β
β
β
β
β
γ
ρ
ρ
ε
ε
τ γ
ρ
ρ
ρ
(2-128)
There is only one relevant balance with this scaling, which is between the interfacial heat
transfer term and the accumulation term. This is represented by the balance
( )
vs
s
c
c
T
T
ρ
ρ
ε
ε
γ
β
~
1 1
~
~

. (2-129)
Using this balance, the matrix energy equation can be written in its final form,

55
( ) ( ) 0
2
= − +
(
¸
(

¸








T T H
x
T
k
x t
T
c
β
β
β β
β
β
τ ε ρ , (2-130)
which is characterized by an additional second order dimensionless parameter,
Pe L
K
k
k
s s
s
1 1
2
β
ε
ε
ε

= . (2-131)
Again, this parameter is much smaller than the other terms which are O(1) which
illustrates that the interfacial heat transfer and accumulation dominate over the diffusive
flux.

2.6.5 Scaled Equation Summary
The scaled equations are:
0 =


+


x
m
t
ρ
(2-132)
| |
0
2
1
2
=
(
¸
(

¸

+


Γ +
|
|
.
|

\
|


+


f
m sign m
x
p m
x t
m
ρ ρ
(2-133)
( ) 0
1 2
=
(
¸
(

¸

− − |
.
|

\
|





Γ +


T T H
x
T
k N mh
x t
E
k β
ε (2-134)
( ) ( ) 0
2
= − +
(
¸
(

¸








T T H
x
T
k
x t
T
c
β
β
β β
β
β
τ ε ρ (2-135)
which are characterized by four dimensionless parameters resulting from the scaling
balances. The boundary conditions provide the remaining information to complete the
scale analysis. The time scale can be chosen as the angular frequency of the mass flow
rate as

56
ω
1
=
s
t . (2-136)
The temporal mass flux scale can be chosen based on the boundary mass flux amplitudes
as
2
~ c h
m m
m
+
= . (2-137)
The spatial mass flux scale can be expressed by assuming that the amplitude and phase
varies linearly across the 1-D domain. Then, the RMS value of the gradient is
( )
2
cos 2
2 2
mh mc c h c h
m m m m
m
φ φ − − +
= . (2-138)
The spatial temperature scale can be expressed as
c h
T T T − = (2-139)
which then leads to the spatial scale for density;
( )
c h
c h b
T RT
T T p −
= ρ . (2-140)
The five scales can now be simplified to
m
m
L
s
~
1
2
ρ ω
= , (2-141)
m
m
~
~
ρ ρ =
, (2-142)
( )
( )
s
vs
c h
c h b
c
c
m
m
T RT
T T p
T
β
ρ ε
ε
γ


=
1
~
~
2
, (2-143)


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K
m
p
ω ρ
1
~
~
2
3
=
, (2-144)
and
2
~
4
ˆ
m
m
St
K
p
T RT
T
b
c h
ω
= . (2-145)
The importance of this scaling is that it has produced expressions which give insight into
the amplitude of the temperature oscillation as well as the temperature difference between
the matrix and gas. These amplitudes are seen to depend on the boundary conditions.
Finally, the dimensionless parameters can be written in terms of known quantities
as
ρ ω K
m
~
1
= Γ (2-146)
( )
vs
s
c
c
m
m
ρ
ρ
ε
ε
β
~
1
2

= Γ (2-147)
Pe m
K
1
~
1
ρ
ω ε = (2-148)
1 2
1
ε
ε
ε
ε
β
s
s
k
k

= (2-149)

Table 1 summarizes the numerical results of the scale analysis for a representative
regenerator.




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Table 1-Summary of scale analysis
F 40 [Hz] A
f
5.969E-05 [m^2]
L
r
7.30E-02 [m] w 251 [rad/s]
D
r
0.01048 [m] R 2078 [Pa-m^3/kg-K]
Ε 0.6920 [-] c
ps
5190 [J/kg-K]
K 1.005E-10 [m^2] c
vs
3112 [J/kg-K]
m
h
19.58 [kg/s] γ 1.67 [-]
m
c
29.62 [kg/s] ( )
ms
c ρ 3.5E+06 [J/m^3-K]
φ
mh
0 [rad] k
b
12.5605 [W/m-K]
φ
mc
-1.62 [rad] k 0.1146 [W/m-K]
h
T
300 [K]
c
T
70 [K]
b
p

3.40E+06 [Pa]

t
s
0.0040 [s] H
s
35482 [W/m^2-K]
L
s
5.92E-03 [m] St 2.67E-01 [-]
ρ
~

17.21 [Kg/m^3] Pe 12 [-]
ρ

17.92 [Kg/m^3] N
k
7.41 [-]
m
~
24.60 [kg/s]
m 25.6 [kg/s]
p

2.00E+04 [Pa]
E
~
707388 [J/m^3] Γ
1
545 [-]
T
~
13.21 [K] Γ
2
29.0 [-]
T 230 [K] ε
1
1.46E-04 [-]
T
ˆ
1.14E-03 [K] ε
2
7.10E-03 [-]










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2.6.6 Limiting Cases
For the parameters chosen, the dimensionless parameters satisfy the assumptions
imposed on the problem, i.e.
1
1
>> Γ (2-150)
1 2
ε >> Γ (2-151)
1
1
<< ε (2-152)
1
2
<< ε (2-153)
There are several limiting cases of interest when these assumptions break down. For
example, and the frequency approaches zero, it is expected that the upstream influence of
the temperature will have an important effect.

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CHAPTER 3

3. COMPUTATIONAL MODELS

3.1 Problem Definition
The problem to be solved, as defined in Chapter 2, is the unsteady, periodic, one-
dimensional regenerator problem. The geometry is a cylindrical domain. Figure 6
illustrates the computational domain.


Figure 6 – Regenerator computational domain diagram

L
r
D
r
( ) t m
h &
( ) t m
c &
x

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The solutions which are desired are the quasi-steady solutions, i.e. the solutions are
identical from one cycle to the next. To accomplish this solution, a numerical method
was employed to approximate the solutions. The details of the temporal and spatial
representation are discussed in the following sections. This is followed by a discussion
of a unique technique which was developed to artificially advance the solution in time to
the quasi-steady solution. This technique relies on the proper specification of boundary
conditions which is discussed below. Several asymptotic models are then developed
which illustrate the mechanisms which contribute to a net energy transport in the
regenerator.

3.2 Numerical Method
The numerical solution of partial differential equations (PDEs) is a broad field.
Typical solution techniques in Computational Fluid Dynamics involve temporal and
spatial discretization. A unique method of solving PDEs is a semi-analytical technique
call the Method Of Lines (MOL.) MOL is a general technique in which all but one
domain of a multi-domain system of PDEs is discretized (50, 51, 52, and 53). The
remaining domain remains analytical, thus the meaning of semi-analytical. The result of
this discretization is a system of ordinary differential equations (ODEs.) In physical
systems, this usually involves discretizing the spatial domain, which can be
multidimensional. At this level, all MOL approaches are identical. To proceed, the
analyst must choose a unique method of time integration as well as spatial discretization.


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3.2.1 Time Integration
Time integration can in general be an analytical technique or a numerical
technique. Numerical techniques are generally classified as implicit and explicit. For
hyperbolic systems, implicit time integration is necessary for stability. MatLab was used
as the platform for solving the equations. The implicit ODE integrator, ODE15S, was
found to be the most stable and efficient. ODE15S is a variable order solver which can
use numerical differentiation formulas (NDFs) or backward differentiation formulas
(BDFs.) The BDF formulas are commonly known as Gear’s method and they suffer from
lower efficiency. ODE15S is especially efficient in solving stiff systems (54).

3.2.2 Spatial Discretization
Several spatial discretization methods exist in the literature such as finite element,
finite volume, finite difference, and collocation (55, 56, 57, 58, 59). Finite differences
were used to solve the regenerator equations. Experimentation indicated that first order
accurate central finite differences were the most stable and efficient if the equations were
formulated in strong conservation form. Five point central differences yield fourth order
accuracy, but this produces a larger banding in the Jacobian leading to reduced stability
in the time integrator. Seven point differences were too unstable to use at all. Upwind
differences did not appear to be as stable as central differences. As will be shown later in
the discussion of boundary conditions, the continuity equation reduces to a second order
equation in density in the limit of explicit velocity formulation. In this context, it would
be understandable that central differences would yield the most stable scheme. To

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calculate second derivatives, first order central differences using a three point stencil
were used recursively. Appendix 2 contains a detailed discussion of the derivation of
difference operators and their use with MatLab. For the equation set defined by
Equations (2-79) – (2-82), the MOL discretized equations are
,
t
x ij
t
x
j
i
m D
t
− =

∂ρ
(3-1)
( ) ( )
| | ,
2 / 1
2
2 2
t
x
f
t
x
t
x
t
x
t
x
t
x t
x t
x
t
x
ij
t
x
i
i
i
i
i i
j
j
j
i
m sign
K
c m m
K
p
m
D
t
m ε
ρ ρ
ε µ
ρ
− −
|
|
.
|

\
|
+ − =


(3-2)
( ) | | ( ) ,
t
x
t
x
t
x v
t
x jk
t
x
t
x k
t
x
t
x ij
t
x
i
i
i k j j j j
i
T T H a T D k N h m D
t
E
− + − − =


β
(3-3)
and
( )
( ) | | ( ) .
1
1
)
`
¹
¹
´
¦


− =


t
x
t
x
t
x v
t
x
jk
t
x
ij t
x
t
x
i
i
i
k j
i
i
T T H a T D k D
c t
T
β β β β
β
β
ε
ε
τ
ρ
(3-4)
for i=1..n where n is the number of spatial grid nodes. In these discretized equations, the
central difference operator,
ij
D , is an nxn square matrix. Equations (3-1) – (3-4) are now
a coupled system of 4n ODEs which can be integrated in time from a set of 4n initial
conditions.

3.3 Quasi-Steady Convergence via Cyclic Time Relaxation
Time integration begins with an initial condition for each of the solution
variables. The equation set is integrated over a complete cycle. The solution at the final
time step becomes the initial condition for the next period of integration. The integration

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continues until the solution for two consecutive periods are equal. When this condition is
met, the net change of internal energy of the system over a cycle is identically zero and
the system is said to be in quasi-steady state. The regenerator system suffers from a long
time constant with respect to the cycle period. As a result, the system of equations needs
to be integrated for thousands of cycles until quasi-steady state is achieved unless the
initial condition can be advanced artificially. Cyclic analysis of the governing equations
provides an interesting and valuable technique called cyclic time relaxation. Cyclic
averaging of the gas and matrix energy equations results in
| | , 0
, ,
=
)
`
¹
¹
´
¦
+ +



dt q q h
z
ss m ss g ss
(3-5)
where the “ss” subscript indicates steady state. Let
.
1
, ,
,
, ,
x
T
k q
x
T
k N q T uc h
ss
ss m
ss
k ss g ss p ss



− =


− = =
β
β β
τ
ε
ε
ρ (3-6)
A simplification in terms of temperature gives
. 0
1
,
=
)
`
¹
¹
´
¦
(
¸
(

¸











dt
x
T
k
x
T
k N T uc
x
ss
ss
k ss p
β
β β
τ
ε
ε
ρ (3-7)
The temperature field at the end of a cycle may not satisfy this relationship. In this case,
this relation provides a means of calculating a correction for the initial condition of the
following cycle. By defining the quasi steady-state temperature fields which satisfy
Equation (3-7) exactly as

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( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) , , , ,
,
t x T x T T t x T x T T
ss ss β β
+ ′ = + ′ = (3-8)
where the primed temperature is an axial correction. T(x,t) and T
β
(x,t) are the
temperatures of the gas and matrix, respectively, from the current cycle. These quantities
can be substituted into Equation (3-7) and T’(z) can be solved to obtain
( ) ( ) ( ) , 0
3 2 2
2
1
= +

′ ∂
+

′ ∂
z f
z
T
z f
z
T
z f (3-9)
where
( )
( ) { }
( )



)
`
¹
¹
´
¦
(
¸
(

¸










=
=
)
`
¹
¹
´
¦ −
+ − =
dt
x
T
k
x
T
k N T uc
x
x f
dt uc x f
dt k k N x f
k p
p
k
β
β β
β β
τ
ε
ε
ρ
ρ
τ
ε
ε
1
1
3
2
1
(3-10)
For the case of constant specific heat,
( ) { } 0
2
= =

dt u c x f
p
ρ (3-11)
which follows from a cyclic-average of the continuity equation. Equation (3-9) is a
second order ODE which can be solved for the temperature correction function. The
boundary conditions are appropriately chosen as
( )
( ) , 0
0 0
= ′
= ′
r
L T
T
(3-12)
since the temperature field at the ends does not need a correction due to the boundary
conditions which fix those values. T’ can then be solved numerically with a finite
difference technique. Then the initial condition for the temperatures for the next period is

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( ) ( ) ( )
( ) ( ) ( ). , , 0
, , 0
x T x T x T
x T x T x T
′ + =
′ + =
λ τ
λ τ
β β
(3-13)
A relaxation factor, λ, is used to aid stability. Experimentation has indicated an optimum
value of 0.30-0.35.

3.4 Boundary and Initial Conditions
Equations (2-79) - (2-82), in their present form, are a mixed system of first and
second order (spatially) partial differential equations. The continuity and momentum
equations are both first order spatially while the energy equations are both second order.
These equations in strict mathematical terms require six boundary conditions for the
problem to be well-posed.
Two boundary conditions are required by the continuity and momentum
equations. Stable solutions are found by imposing pressure at both ends or mass flux at
both ends. Mass flux boundary conditions are chosen such that zero net mass flux can be
achieved. Boundary conditions are needed at both ends for stability and this can be
understood by considering the limiting case when the acceleration terms in the
momentum equation are neglected. This results in the explicit equation for velocity,
| | . 0
2 / 1
2
2
= + +


u sign
k
c
u u
k x
p
f α
α α
ε
ρ
ε µ
(3-14)
It is then clear that velocity is a function of the pressure gradient, which, in turn, is a
function of the density gradient and temperature gradient. When the velocity in the
continuity equation is eliminated in terms of temperature and density, the result is a
spatially second order continuity equation,

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. 0 , =
|
|
.
|

\
|
|
.
|

\
|






+


x
T
x
f
x t
ρ
ρ
ρ
(3-15)
In this limiting case, the continuity equation is diffusive. Thus, it seems natural to
impose mass flux boundary conditions at both ends of the domain.
In actuality, the momentum equation is a spatially first order equation. The
advective acceleration term which makes it first order is quite small and can be neglected
producing a zeroth order momentum equation. Together with the first order continuity,
only one boundary condition is required. Since two mass flow boundary conditions have
already been specified, the problem is over-specified by one boundary condition at this
point. The boundary condition requirements of the energy equations will absorb this
over-specification.
Referring back to the scaled energy equations, the diffusion terms are
characterized by a small dimensionless parameter. This indicates that there is the
possibility for a thermal boundary layer at the ends of the regenerator. Numerical
experiments suggest that resolving such a boundary layer does not have a significant
impact on the regenerator solution since the temperature fluctuation in the regenerator is
largely a result of the compression process. Outside of this boundary layer, the
regenerator is largely unaffected by the incoming gas temperature. This motivates a
simplified application of boundary conditions based on a leading order simplification of
the energy equations.
Scaling and numerical experiments suggest that these second order diffusion
terms are essentially steady, spatial sources, i.e. the temporal fluctuations are orders of

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magnitude smaller than the spatial variations. This suggests that the boundary conditions
that are required mathematically can be neglected with little effect on the solution. The
gas energy equation is still first order due to the enthalpy advection term, but the matrix
energy equation is zeroth order. As a result, the gas energy equation requires a single
boundary condition while the matrix energy equation requires no boundary conditions.
To summarize, the solutions of interest can be found by neglecting the strict
mathematical requirement of six boundary conditions. For the limiting problem, the
equations consist of a first order continuity and gas energy and zeroth order momentum
and matrix energy. Thus two boundary conditions are needed which satisfy the important
corollary condition of zero net mass flux. The most satisfactory method of achieving this
is by imposing harmonic mass flux boundary conditions, i.e.
( ) ( )
mh
f
h
h
t
A
m
u φ ω ρ + = cos
&
(3-16)
and
( ) ( ) . cos
mc
f
c
c
t
A
m
u φ ω ρ − =
&
(3-17)
These mass flux boundary conditions are actually boundary conditions for the momentum
equation, not the continuity equation. Imposing mass conserving boundary conditions for
the continuity equation is difficult since simple sinusoidal densities at the ends will not in
general lead to mass conservation. If the entire cryocooler is modeled as a closed system,
then density boundary conditions could be used.
Since the solution of interest is the quasi-steady solution, the proper initial
condition is one that produces a quasi-steady solution after one cycle of simulation. This

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is essentially the purpose of the artificial convergence technique discussed above.
Additionally, this technique is responsible for producing a solution which has the desired
mean pressure and mean warm and cold end temperatures. Thus, the converged solution
satisfied seven boundary parameters;
h
m& Warm end mass flow amplitude
h
m& Cold end mass flow amplitude
mc mh
φ φ − Mass flow phase shift
ω Angular frequency
h
T Warm end mean temperature
c
T Cold end mean temperature
b
p Mean pressure
These parameters are in addition to the seven geometric and empirical parameters which
define the shape of the regenerator and the pores;
r
L Regenerator length
r
D Regenerator diameter
ε Porosity
f Friction factor
Nu Nusselt number
k
N Dispersion coefficient
β
τ Matrix tortuosity


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3.5 The Constant Temperature Model (CTM)
A variety of asymptotic models can be considered. Each asymptotic model
provides insight into the mechanism of net energy transport in the regenerator. Two
asymptotic cases are presented, beginning with the most restrictive and an intermediate
model. Each model can be considered with real or ideal gas, and constant or variable
properties, which provide additional permutations. Results of numeric computations with
these models are presented in Chapter 5. There it is revealed that the regenerator net
energy transport increases with each additional relaxation.
The simplest idealized regenerator is represented by the Constant Temperature
Model (CTM.) This model assumes 1) that the heat transfer between the gas and the
matrix is perfect and 2) that the matrix heat capacity is very large. The consequence of
the first assumption is that there is an infinitesimal temperature difference between the
gas and matrix. The consequence of the second assumption is that the temperature field
is steady, i.e. there is no temperature oscillation, only a spatial temperature field.
Mathematically, this requires that the temperature field be specified a priori. The matrix
gas energy equation can be rearranged to give
( ). T T H a
x
T
k
x
v
− =
(
¸
(

¸






β
β
β β
τ (3-18)
which can then be inserted into the gas energy equation to give
. 0 =
|
|
.
|

\
|








+


x
T
k
x
T
k N uh
x t
E
k
β
β β
τ ρ (3-19)
The cycle average of this equation is

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. 0 =
|
|
.
|

\
|









dt
x
T
k
x
T
k N uh
x
k
β
β β
τ ρ (3-20)
Note that the cycle average of the time rate of change of the volumetric internal energy is
identically zero for steady, periodic operation. For ideal gas with constant properties, this
becomes
( ) . 0 =
|
|
.
|

\
|








+


∫ ∫
dt
x
T
k
x
T
k N
x
dt u
x
T c
k p
β
β β
τ ρ (3-21)
The first integral, which is the net enthalpy flow, can be shown to be zero by cyclic
integration of the continuity equation. This is the only condition under which the net
enthalpy flow is zero. The diffusion fields drive the steady state temperature field for this
case. Beginning with a linear temperature field, the cyclic time relaxation procedure is
applied to advance the solution to steady state. If a real gas equation of state is used, then
the net enthalpy flow is positive. This is obvious since the enthalpy is a function of
temperature and density. The steady temperature field is then affected by the diffusion
and net enthalpy flow fields. The regenerator loss due solely to the density dependence
of the enthalpy can now be assessed.
This model is thermally perfect, but the effects of pressure drop and viscous
dissipation are still captured via a coupled solution of the continuity and momentum
equation, which remain unchanged. Thus, the system of equations being solved is

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0 =


+


x
m
t
ρ
(3-22)
| | 0
2 / 1
2
2 2
= + +


+
|
|
.
|

\
|


+


m sign
K
c
m m
k x
p m
x t
m
f
ε
ρ ρ
ε µ
ρ
α
(3-23)
This system of PDEs requires two mass flux boundary conditions, as defined previously
in addition to initial conditions for density and mass flux. Cyclic time relaxation is
applied to find a temperature field which yields a steady solution.

3.6 The Local Thermal Equilibrium Model (LTEM)
Local thermal equilibrium should not be confused with local thermodynamic
equilibrium. In this model, the assumption of very large matrix heat capacity is relaxed
while retaining the assumption of perfect gas-to-matrix heat transfer. The result is a
single energy equation with a single temperature. This energy equation is formed by
combining Equations (2-81) and (2-82) such that
( ) . 0
1 1
=
|
|
.
|

\
|









+



+


x
T
k
x
T
k N uh
x t
T
c
t
E
k
β
β β
β
β
τ
ε
ε
ρ
ε
ε
ρ (3-24)
For ideal gas, this combined energy equation can be re-written as
( ) . 0
1 1
=
|
|
.
|

\
|






− +


+



+


+


x
T
k
x
T
k N Pu ue
x t
T
c
t
T
c
t
e
k v
β
β β
β
β
τ
ε
ε
ρ
ε
ε
ρ ρ
ρ
(3-25)
Using the fact that the temperatures of the gas and matrix are identical, the combined
energy equation is now written as

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( ) ( )
. 0
1
1
=
|
|
.
|

\
|









+


+
(
¸
(

¸



+


+


(
¸
(

¸

+
x
T
k
x
T
k N Pu
x
x
T
uc u
x t
e
t
T
c c
k
v v
β
β β
β
τ
ε
ε
ρ ρ
ρ
ε
ε
ρ ρ
(3-26)
Continuity can be used to eliminate the second term, and the final form of the LTE
energy equation is
. 0
1 1
=
|
|
.
|

\
|









+


+


x
T
k
x
T
k N Pu
x C x
T
C
uc
t
T
k
LTE LTE
v
β
β β
τ
ε
ε ρ
(3-27)
where the combined volumetric heat capacity is defined as
( ) .
1
ε
ε
ρ ρ
β

+ = c c C
v LTE
(3-28)
Implementing an equivalent combined energy equation for a real gas is more difficult due
to the additional density dependence of the gas internal energy. Expanding Equation (3-
24) for a real gas gives
( )
0
1
1
=
|
|
.
|

\
|









+



+


|
|
.
|

\
|


+


|
.
|

\
|


+


x
T
k
x
T
k N uh
x
t
T
c
t
e
t
T
T
e
t
e
k
T
β
β β
β
β
ρ
τ
ε
ε
ρ
ε
ε
ρ
ρ
ρ
ρ ρ
ρ
(3-29)
which can be simplified to
( )
( )
. 0
1
1
=
|
|
.
|

\
|









+


(
(
¸
(

¸

|
|
.
|

\
|


+ −


(
(
¸
(

¸


+
|
.
|

\
|


x
T
k
x
T
k N uh
x
x
u e
e
t
T
c
T
e
k
T
β
β β
β
ρ
τ
ε
ε
ρ
ρ
ρ
ρ
ε
ε
ρ ρ
(3-30)
This is well-posed mathematically. The additional complexities include the calculation
of the partial derivatives of the internal energy. The boundary conditions using either

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energy equation are the same; two mass flux BCs. Again, cyclic time relaxation is
applied to find a temperature field which produces a steady solution.

3.7 Dual Energy Equation Model (DEEM)
The Dual Energy Equation model solves the complete equation set, repeated here
as
0 =


+


x
m
t
ρ
(3-31)
| | 0
2 / 1
2
2 2
= + +
|
|
.
|

\
|
+


+


m sign
K
c
m m
K
p
m
x t
m
f
ε
ρ ρ
µε
ρ
(3-32)
( ) 0 = − − |
.
|

\
|





+


T T H a
x
T
k N mh
x t
E
v k β
(3-33)
( ) ( ) 0
1
= −

+
(
¸
(

¸








T T H a
x
T
k
x t
T
c
v β
β
β β
β
β
ε
ε
τ ρ (3-34)
This model captures the effects of finite heat transfer and matrix heat capacity as well as
flow friction. The characterization of this model depends on several parameters which
can be categorized.
Boundary mean temperatures: T
h
and T
c

Mass flowrates:
h
m& ,
c
m& , w, and
mc mh
φ φ −
Mean pressure: p
b

Macroscopic geometry: L
r
and D
r

Additionally, the model depends on several correlations which are functions of the
microscopic geometry and/or the flow field: N
k
,
β
τ , Nu, f , and ε .

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3.8 Model Verification
The accuracy of the Dual Energy Equation model was verified by using a test
solution in a method similar to Kirkconnell (60). The particular solution was chosen such
that it retained the important characteristics of the actual solution. An arbitrary solution
can be made to satisfy the system of equations if appropriate source terms are added to
each equation, i.e.
( ) x t F
x
m
t
,
1
=


+

∂ρ
(3-35)
| | ( ) x t F m sign
K
c
m m
K
p
m
x t
m
f
,
2
2 / 1
2
2 2
= + +
|
|
.
|

\
|
+


+


ε
ρ ρ
µε
ρ
(3-36)
( ) ( ) x t F T T H a
x
T
k N mh
x t
E
v k
,
3
= − − |
.
|

\
|





+


β
(3-37)
( ) ( ) ( ) x t F T T H a
x
T
k
x t
T
c
v
,
1
4
= −

+
(
¸
(

¸








β
β
β β
β
β
ε
ε
τ ρ . (3-38)
The test solution was chosen as follows:
( )
3 2
cos M t M m − = ω (3-39)
( )
3 2 1
cos T t T T T − + = ω (3-40)
( )
3 2
cos P t P p P
b
− + = ω (3-41)
RT
P
= ρ (3-42)
ρ
m
u = (3-43)


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T c E
v
ρ = (3-44)
T T =
β
(3-45)
( )
r
h c h
L
x
m m m M − + =
2
(3-46)
( )
r
mh mc mh
L
x
M φ φ φ − + =
3
(3-47)
( )
r
h c h
L
x
T T T T − + =
1
(3-48)
( )
r
h c h
L
x
T T T T
~ ~ ~
2
− + = (3-49)
2
3 3
π
− = M T (3-50)
( )
r
h c h
L
x
P P P P
~ ~ ~
2
− + = (3-51)
( )
r
Ph Pc Ph
L
z
P φ φ φ − + =
3
(3-52)
All of the parameters in the preceding equations come from the boundary conditions with
the exception of the boundary temperature and pressure oscillation amplitudes,
h
T
~
,
c
T
~
,
h
P
~
,
c
P
~
, and the pressure phase angles,
Ph
φ and
Pc
φ . These parameters are chosen
from a representative numerical solution. Equation (3-50) was chosen such that the net
enthalpy flux would be identically zero. Alternatively, a condition could be constructed
to produce a constant, non-zero net enthalpy flux. The zero enthalpy flux case was
chosen for simplicity. Adding a non-zero enthalpy flux will produce a similar solution
with a shift in the net enthalpy field. The source terms, F
i
, were then analytically solved.

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The numerical solution was then calculated using the exact numerical method detailed
above. Since the initial condition can be set using the known exact solution, the model
converges in one cycle.
The model numerically solves the test equations to very high accuracy as
illustrated in Figure 8-Figure 14. The net enthalpy flux is visually identically zero.
There is less that 0.2 mW deviation. The solution fields show very small errors. The
normalized errors are:
Density 5x10
-7

Mass flux 3x10
-7

Energy 4x10
-7

Matrix temperature 3x10
-8

Gas temperature 4x10
-8

Pressure 4x10
-7
The small normalized errors indicate that the numerical scheme is not introducing
unrealistic errors into the solution and that the solver can solve similar equations. The
source terms should not dramatically affect the character of the equations. Additionally,
the question of the proper set of boundary conditions is answered. This solution was
obtained using just two mass flux boundary conditions even though the strict
mathematical requirement is six boundary conditions.

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0 0.005 0.01 0.015 0.02 0.025
0
10
20
30
Density [kg/m
3
] vs. Cycle Time [radians]
0 0.005 0.01 0.015 0.02 0.025
-4
-2
0
2
4
Velocity [m/s] vs. Cycle Time [radians]


0 0.02 0.04 0.06 0.08
0
10
20
30
Density [kg/m
3
] vs. Position [m]
rho
max
rho
mean rho
min
0 0.02 0.04 0.06 0.08
-4
-2
0
2
4
Velocity [m/s] vs. Position [m]
u
max
u
mean
u
min


0 0.005 0.01 0.015 0.02 0.025
-2
-1
0
1
2
Mass Flow Rate [g/s] vs. Cycle Time [radians]
0 0.005 0.01 0.015 0.02 0.025
2.5
3
3.5
4
Pressure [MPa] vs. Cycle Time [radians]

Figure 7 – Test case solution results.










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0 0.02 0.04 0.06 0.08
-3
-2.5
-2
-1.5
-1
-0.5
0
0.5
x 10
-8
Cycle-averaged mass flow [g/s]
Position
0 0.02 0.04 0.06 0.0
-2
0
2
4
6
8
10
x 10
-6
Cycle-averaged mass flow gradient [g/s]
Position
0 0.02 0.04 0.06 0.08
-20
0
20
40
60
80
Cycle-averaged energy flows [mW]
Position
H
Qg
Qm
Total
0 0.02 0.04 0.06 0.0
-40
-20
0
20
40
60
Cycle-averaged enthalpy flow gradient [mW]
Position

Figure 8 – The net enthalpy flux satisfies the test case to within visual accuracy
(0.2 mW deviation)

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Figure 9 – Maximum density error 8x10
-6
kg/m
3




Figure 10 – Maximum mass flux error 1x10
-5
kg/m
2
-s

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Figure 11 – Maximum energy error 2 kJ/m
3




Figure 12 – Maximum matrix temperature error 6x10
-6
K

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Figure 13 – Maximum gas temperature error 8x10
-6
K


Figure 14 – Maximum pressure error 1.2 Pa

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Before proceeding on to Chapters 4 and 5, it is worth reviewing what has been
accomplished up to this point. A mathematical model for the regenerator was developed
based on fundamental principles and guided by intuition. A numerical method was then
developed using the Method of Lines with central finite differences. An artificial
convergence technique was developed which dramatically improves convergence speed.
To provide a comparison with the full model, two asymptotic models were developed.
Chapter 4 describes the development of an experimental apparatus which was used to
investigate this model. Chapter 5 presents the modeling results and compares these
results to the experimental data from Chapter 4.


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CHAPTER 4

4. EXPERIMENTAL APPARATUS AND MEASUREMENTS

4.1 Overview and Experimental Apparatus
The apparatus used is an Orifice Pulse Tube Cryocooler (OPTC) design and is
illustrated in Figure 15. With the exception of the regenerator materials, the identical
cooler assembly was used by Kirkconnell, et al. to characterize overall cryocooler
performance as a function of pulse tube aspect ratio and volume (61). Towards that end,
the apparatus was designed to accommodate five interchangeable regenerator/cold heat
exchanger/pulse tube assemblies (Figure 16), hereafter referred to as “expanders.” Using
the numbering scheme of the previous paper, expanders 1 through 3 are of identical
volume, and expanders 1, 4, and 5 are of constant length. The performance of the
constant volume pulse tubes (1-3) were found to be virtually indistinguishable, hence the
use of these three is ideal for the present effort in which the unique impact of regenerator
design on performance is sought. An unfortunate oversight resulted in the testing of one
of the regenerators in expander 5, which has a 17% larger pulse tube volume than the
constant volume set and performed slightly better in the previous experiments (no load
temperature of 76 K vs. 79 K). The differences between the performances of the various
regenerators were much larger than this pulse tube volume effect, however, so the data
from expander 5 are still considered relevant. The reader is referred to ref. 61 for
additional details on the apparatus.

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Va c u u m En c lo s u r e
Co ld HX
P u ls e T ub e Re gen e r a t o r
T o Comp r e s s o r
Or i fi c e Va lve
H
2
O Co o la n t Lo o p H
2
O Co ola nt Lo o p
Fle x i b le Me mb r a n e
Ad a p t o r Pla t e
Re j e c t i o n HX In le t HX
T o Su r ge T a nk

Figure 15 - Experimental Apparatus
Reproduced with authors’ consent (61)


Figure 16 – Regenerator/Pulse Tube expander module. Regenerator is the larger
diameter section.

Figure 17 shows the apparatus integrated with the vacuum system and data
acquisition system. Figure 18 shows a close-up view of the compressor. The compressor
used is a nominal 3 cc swept volume, dual opposed piston, Hughes Condor on loan from
Night Vision & Electronic Sensors Directorate (NVESD).

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Figure 17 – Experimental apparatus with complete instrumentation.


Figure 18 – Close-up view of the compressor.

The chamber surrounding the expander is evacuated using a turbomolecular vacuum
pump, shown in Figure 19. This vacuum system is capable of achieving pressures as low
as 2x10
-6
torr. These pressures are necessary to eliminate convective and conductive heat

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transfer through the surrounding gas. Typically, natural convection will occur at
atmospheric pressures down a few torr. At these pressures, the heat carried by circulation
currents is very small, but conduction will continue at levels comparable to atmospheric
pressure. Around 10 torr, the conductivity of the low pressure gas will begin to decrease
until it is essentially zero around 10
-4
torr (62). At this pressure and lower, the only mode
of heat transfer is radiation. Further reduction of the pressure is limited by slow moisture
release from the chamber and MLI. MLI (multilayer insulation) is a material used as a
radiation shield. It is composed of layers of aluminized mylar with woven Dacron spacer
layers. Typically, it is recommended that a vacuum level of 10
-6
torr be achieved and
maintained before cooling a cryogenic system. At this pressure, the residual moisture is
low enough that it will not form significant frost and alter the MLI performance.


Figure 19 – Turbo vacuum pump station.


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Four regenerators were tested in a previous study (63, 64). They consisted of
quite different geometry, but the same material. Since that report, an additional 45
micron regenerator and a diced foam metal regenerator were tested. All six regenerators
are made of stainless steel fabricated into different forms of porous materials. The
regenerators are summarized in Table 2 with their relevant data. The porosity of each
regenerator was measured experimentally by measuring the total matrix mass. The
density of the homogeneous material and the total regenerator volume can be used to
calculate the matrix porosity.

Table 2 - Descriptive Summary of the Regenerators under Study
# Name / Figure Description
1 325 Mesh / Figure 20 Wire mesh screens - 325 wires per inch
Wire diameter: 27.9 µm
Measured Porosity: 0.696
2 400 Mesh / not shown Wire mesh screens – 400 wires per inch
Wire diameter: 25.4 µm
Measured Porosity: 0.692
3 60 Micron / Figure 21
Alabama Cryogenic
Engineering (65)
Perforated disks
Pore size: 60 microns
Measured Porosity: 0.717 (spacers)
4 45 Micron
Alabama Cryogenic
Engineering
Perforated disks
Pore size: 45 microns
Measured Porosity: 0.644 (no spacers)
5 Foam Metal / Figure 22 Sintered foam metal plug
Measured Porosity: 0.614

In packing wire mesh screens, the actual porosity can vary by several percent
based on the degree of nesting. For wire screens perfectly aligned, the porosity can
approach 50%. For a sample of 30 400 mesh screens, the total thickness of the stack was
measured at 1.536 mm. This gives an average screen thickness of 51.2 microns, or a half

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thickness of 25.6 microns. The half thickness is very close to the nominal wire diameter
suggesting that the screens were not nesting.
The 60 micron perforated disk thickness was measured at 211 microns. This
results in a perforation aspect ratio of 3.5. The 45 micron disks have an aspect ratio of
4.7 and 7.1 for the 30 micron disks. As the aspect ratio increases, the flow begins to
resemble that of a tube bundle.
The foam metal regenerator was fabricated from 100 micron particles which were
sintered. The result is a rigid matrix with random pore geometry and variable pore size.
The process is able to produce sintered matrices for a range of porosity. The process
used to make the sintered foam metal is proprietary, but shrinkage of the matrix during
sintering most likely requires beginning with a higher porosity. The target porosity of the
foam metal regenerator was chosen such that it was in the same range as the wire mesh
screens. The actual porosity was 8% less than the wire mesh regenerators. System level
modeling suggests that the regenerator performance is sensitive to the matrix porosity.
An 8% porosity difference may cause a significant performance change. The
morphology of the pore and solid structure is not studied in this dissertation, but the other
matrices have a much better understood geometry in terms of wire diameter and pitch or
perforation diameter and aspect ratio. The performance test with the foam metal
regenerator is the critical measure of the matrix performance. It is possible that sintered
matrices can provide reasonable regenerator performance, especially for a low cost
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The first three regenerators are composed of a stack of disks made from the
particular material (Figure 20 and Figure 21). These disks are packed into the
regenerator tube making sure that the disks are not bent. Each disk is then lightly tamped
to assure that it is snugly packed into the tube. The fourth regenerator is drastically
different from the others. This foam metal regenerator is a single plug of porous metal
(Figure 22). This allows significant time savings in packing the regenerator. Whereas
the single disk regenerators each take as much as eight hours to hand pack, the foam
metal regenerator takes only a few minutes. The perforated disks take considerably less
time to pack since they are about ten times as thick as 400 mesh screens. The disks, like
the screens, have to be restrained in the regenerator tube due to the spring force of the
stack. This makes the screens and the disks more difficult to pack at low porosities
which are desirable. Additionally, the perforated disks were packed using spacer rings
which create a 0.0015” gap between the disks to allow for flow redistribution between
disks.


Figure 20 - Wire Mesh
(200X magnification)

Figure 21 - Perforated Disk
(200X magnification)

Figure 22 - Foam Metal
(200X magnification)


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An extensive data acquisition system was designed to provide test control and
automated data collection. This system consists of a series of lab instruments which
provide a variety of functions and a PC (Figure 23). The instruments and PC are
connected using a GPIB 488 interface. GPIB is a laboratory instrumentation standard
which provides communication and control via a PC. This provides a real-time data
acquisition environment which provides for much more sophisticated measurements due
to automation. Agilent VEE Pro software was used to create the data acquisition and
control program. Several detail panels are shown in Figure 24, Figure 25, and Figure 26.


Figure 23 – Data acquisition system.


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Figure 24 - Data acquisition and control program. Main panel view.


Figure 25 - Data acquisition and control program. Compressor panel view.


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Figure 26 - Data acquisition and control program. Pressure panel view.

The data acquisition system has been in development for six years. Initially the
objective was to measure a series of DC voltages such as thermocouples, diodes,
pressure, etc. As the program developed, communication with most of the test
instruments was incorporated allowing the program to monitor and display test data.
Further developments included doing real time data analysis which can be used to
automate and control the test. Pressure waveforms are acquired and stored for analysis.
Discrete Fourier transform analysis is used to calculate phase angles and to analyze the
frequency content of the various waveforms. The compressor electrical power input is
measured with a wattmeter, and controlled digitally with a feedback control algorithm by
the PC. The compressor voice coil voltage and current are measured as waveforms.
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from a kinematic model for the compressor pistons. This would allow calculation of the
compressor PV power output, which would allow the compressor to be decoupled from
the rest of the system from an efficiency viewpoint. However, the results are yet
inconclusive. Tests need to be performed on a compressor which has piston position
indicators. Appendix 3 has been included to summarize the development of the
compressor model.

4.2 Experimental Results
Experimental data can be separated into two distinct categories. The first
category consists of data measured under steady flow and essentially isothermal
conditions for the purpose of determining friction factors. By varying the mass flow rate
of gas through the regenerator and measuring the pressure drop, the two coefficients that
characterize the momentum balance in the porous medium can be determined (ref. Figure
27 and Table 3). These are the Darcy permeability, K, and the Forchheimer inertia
coefficient, c
f
. The Darcy term, as discussed in previous chapters, is a measure of the
viscous effects while the Forchheimer term is a measure of the inertial effects. Both of
these terms are due to microscale, or pore scale, flow phenomenon which contributes to a
macroscopic pressure gradient. The hypothesis of this research is that the Darcy and
Forchheimer coefficients depend solely on the geometry of the porous media. Thus they
can be measured by any convenient method, i.e. it is not necessary to conduct a series of
mass flow versus pressure drop measurements at various temperatures. This hypothesis
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measured pressure ratios during actual cryogenic operation. This does not provide
conclusive proof of the hypothesis. Direct pore scale simulations are required to test the
hypothesis, and this work is suggested for future investigations. The volume averaging
method produces a consistent model that can be tested via the pore scale simulations.
The data in Table 3 was calculated using a control volume model rather than a
differential model. As a result, the data is flawed and leads to artificially low friction
factors. This data is revisited in Chapter 5.



0
200
400
600
800
1000
1200
0.0 0.2 0.4 0.6 0.8 1.0 1.2
Flowrate [g/s]
P
r
e
s
s
u
r
e

D
r
o
p

[
k
P
a
]
400 Mesh
325 Mesh
60 Micron
45 Micron
Foam Metal

Figure 27 - Steady Flow Pressure Drop



400 Mesh

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Table 3 – Porous Media Parameter Summary (64)
ε K c
f

[%] [m
2
] ---
Foam
Metal
61.37 1.473E-10 0.5315
400
Mesh
69.20 1.005E-10 0.5163
325
Mesh
69.61 1.060E-10 0.3917
60
Micron
71.73 1.573E-10 0.4296

Some of the previously calculated pressure ratios using steady flow data did not
correlate with experimentally observed pressure ratios (17, 17, 18, 19, 20, and 21). It is
the opinion of this writer that either their model was incomplete (erroneous simplifying
assumptions, presence of real gas effects, etc.) or that the Darcy and Forchheimer
coefficients are not only dependent on geometry but possibly frequency and gas
properties. Indeed, there are references in unrelated applications that address the issue of
frequency dependent permeability (66). The authors assume that this frequency
dependence is in fact a result of increasing inertial effects, which would indicate the
Forchheimer effect.
A second set of data consists of measurements under actual operating conditions
of the cryocooler. Of prime importance is the ability of the cryocooler to perform net
refrigeration at varying temperatures. This is measured by constructing load curves (ref.
Figure 28). These load curves provide an overall picture of the system performance.
These curves are also used to estimate the total parasitic load on the cooler. From this
data and the system level model, the pulse tube loss and the regenerator loss can be
estimated. However, these estimates are only as accurate as the model. By comparing

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two load curves for the same cryocooler with only the regenerator changed, and under the
same operating conditions, the effect of the regenerator can be isolated in a sense.

0.0
0.5
1.0
1.5
2.0
2.5
70 90 110 130 150
Cold Tip Temperature [K]
C
o
l
d

T
i
p

A
p
p
l
i
e
d

L
o
a
d

[
W
]
400 Mesh, 3.1 MPa, 50 W
325 Mesh, 3.4 MPa, 55 W
60MPD, 3.0 MPa, 55 W
45MPD, 3.4 MPa, 60 W
Foam Metal, 3.1 MPa, 50 W

Figure 28 - Load Curves

As mentioned previously, the 400 mesh regenerator was tested with a larger
volume pulse tube leading to a slightly more efficient expander. The temperature
difference at no-load for the 400 mesh regenerator tested with the larger volume pulse
tube was only 2-3 K (61) compared to the nominally 15 K differences. Therefore the
comparison among the regenerators is still valid. The 400 mesh regenerator outperforms
all of the other regenerators even if it is tested with the smaller volume pulse tube. In
Chapter 5, the 400 mesh regenerator is modeled in Sage. This model accurately reflects
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The performance tests provide a direct comparison between the regenerator
matrices (63,64). The 400 mesh regenerator performed the best under the conditions of
fixed input power, i.e. lowest no-load temperature. The fact that the 400 mesh
regenerator out-performed the other matrices is not immediately obvious from the
pressure drop data since the 400 mesh has one of the highest friction factors. This fact
illustrates that the heat transfer efficiency is significantly better for 400 mesh than the
other matrices.
The model will be shown to be driven by the pressures at the warm and cold end
of the regenerator. Thus it is important to measure the effect that the regenerator has on
the pressure wave. Figure 29, Figure 31, and Figure 30 illustrate that the pressure wave
is attenuated and phase shifted by the regenerator and pulse tube expander. The
oscillatory pressure drop is the magnitude of the instantaneous pressure difference across
the regenerator/pulse tube which is measured experimentally. This parameter is
influenced both by the difference in pressure amplitude as well as the pressure phase
shift. The pressure phase shift as measured is primarily occurring in the regenerator even
though the pulse tube is physically between the two points where the pressure is being
measured. The pulse tube has minimal effect on the pressure because of its relatively
short length and large diameter, i.e. it has a small friction factor. The ratio of the pressure
ratios is a normalized measure of the frictional losses occurring in the regenerator.


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100
120
140
160
180
200
220
240
60MPD
3.0 MPa, 55 W
45MPD
3.4 Mpa, 60 W
Foam Metal
3.1 MPa, 50 W
325 Mesh
3.4 MPa, 55 W
400 Mesh
3.1 MPa, 50 W
O
s
c
i
l
l
a
t
o
r
y

P
r
e
s
s
u
r
e

D
r
o
p
,

|
P

1
-
P
2
|

[
K
p
a
]

Figure 29 - Oscillatory Pressure Drop

The 400 mesh regenerator, which performed the best, has the largest oscillatory
pressure drop and the largest pressure phase shift. The large phase shift is partly
responsible for the magnitude of the oscillatory pressure drop. The 400 mesh and foam
metal regenerators were similarly restrictive for steady flow. However, the oscillatory
pressure drops are significantly different. The foam metal exhibited a smaller pressure
phase shift which can partly explain this smaller pressure drop. It cannot be concluded
from this data that the friction factor for the 400 mesh is higher for the oscillating flow.
The 400 mesh regenerator is modeled in Chapter 5. The pressure data for this
regenerator is used to validate the system level model. The pressure amplitudes and
phase shift are found to accurately characterize the model. The phase shift is found to be
very sensitive to the porosity, increasing by up to 10 degrees with a 2% decrease in the

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porosity. The packing density of wire mesh screens has a large influence on the
regenerator performance.
The porosity of the 400 mesh and the 325 mesh were almost the same. The
percent open area is higher for 325 mesh screens (36% for 400 mesh versus 41.3% for
325 mesh.) Percent open area is based on the wire diameter and spacing. This helps to
explain why the 400 mesh has higher pressure drop.

8
10
12
14
16
18
20
22
24
60MPD
3.0 MPa, 55 W
45MPD
3.4 Mpa, 60 W
Foam Metal
3.1 MPa, 50 W
325 Mesh
3.4 MPa, 55 W
400 Mesh
3.1 MPa, 50 W
P
h
a
s
e

A
n
g
l
e

(
P
1

v
s
.

P
2
)

[
D
e
g
r
e
e
s
]

Figure 30 - Pressure Wave Phase Angle



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1.00
1.01
1.02
1.03
1.04
1.05
1.06
1.07
1.08
1.09
60MPD
3.0 MPa, 55 W
45MPD
3.4 Mpa, 60 W
Foam Metal
3.1 MPa, 50 W
325 Mesh
3.4 MPa, 55 W
400 Mesh
3.1 MPa, 50 W
P
1

P
r
e
s
s
u
r
e

R
a
t
i
o
/
P
2

P
r
e
s
s
u
r
e

R
a
t
i
o

Figure 31 - Pressure Ratio Attenuation

The remaining 30 micron perforated disk regenerator remains to be tested.
Testing is planned for the near future. Completion of this test will provide a complete set
of data for this type of regenerator. It was a bit of a surprise to see the 60 micron and 45
micron regenerators perform almost the same. The expectation was that the smaller
perforations would provide better heat transfer for similar pressure drop. The results
show that the pressure drop was lower slightly higher than the 60 micron and
significantly lower than 325 mesh. However, the 325 mesh provided better cooling
performance.
The foam metal regenerator was retested by dicing it into 5 equal lengths using an
electron discharge machining (EDM) saw. The EDM was found to be the only process
which could cut the foam metal without closing the pores. Any abrasion or shearing

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process produces a cut which completely closes the pores while EDM erodes the material
away forming a clean cut. The diced sections were then precision-cleaned and installed
into the regenerator using spacer rings made of laser cut 316 stainless steel shim stock.
These rings were intended to create a gap between the foam metal plugs of approximately
0.0015” to further reduce conduction. The spacer rings were cut with an OD equal to the
tube ID and a thickness of 0.013”.
Testing of the diced foam metal regenerator produced no measurable difference in
performance. This indicates that the poor performance was not due to the matrix
conduction. In Chapter 5, the regenerator conduction is found to be the smallest loss in
the regenerator, even smaller than the total conduction heat flux in the gas with the
addition of dispersion heat flux. Reducing the solid conduction will only reduce the total
regenerator loss by a few milliwatts. Dicing the foam metal should not affect any
characteristic of the regenerator other than the solid tortuosity. Locally, the solid
tortuosity approaches zero at the cut, but is quite high away from the cut.
The proposed Pyrex glass fiber regenerators did not turn out as expected. Fibers
with an average diameter of 19 microns were procured. These fibers were then packed
into glass sleeves in a variety of different manners. The best methodology was to chop
the fibers to produce a fiber felt which could be packed uniformly and to desired porosity.
This required pressing the glass felt to the desired porosity and then holding the felt into
the tube. The tubes were then furnaced. The complex phenomenon of the sintering
process made this a frustrating process. The furnace temperature needed to be high
enough such that the fibers would soften and sinter but not flow or slump. The first

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attempt produced a well sintered slug of glass fiber but the overall dimensions had shrunk
by ~25% leaving an annular gap between the fibers and the tube. The second attempt
was performed at a lower temperature, but still within the softening range of the fibers.
Shrinkage was reduced to ~10% which is still too much. Any annular gap will destroy
the regenerator performance. The third attempt was performed at the same temperature
but with the fibers in compression using a dead weight and a piston. The piston length
was chosen such that the final fiber column would produce the desired porosity. Since
the fibers were in compression, they should expand radially to fill the tube during
shrinkage. The piston did not compress completely on this attempt.
The sintered fiber samples from all three attempts were examined under a
microscope to assess the sintering and fiber deformation (Figure 32.) It became quite
obvious that the fibers would shed very easily from the sintered plug. At this point, there
was no testable regenerator, and it was concluded that the fibers were not a viable
alternative for a regenerator.


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Figure 32 – Sintered glass regenerator.

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CHAPTER 5

5. RESULTS AND DISCUSSION

In this chapter, the volume averaged model developed in Chapter 2 will be shown
to be a flexible, accurate model. It is however a model of just the regenerator. A system
level model is needed to estimate the boundary conditions for the regenerator model, and
this model is developed in this chapter. The regenerator model is then used to obtain an
accurate simulation of the flow and heat transfer in the regenerator. The solution is
presented in terms of plots of important aspects of the solution, most importantly the
regenerator loss. The regenerator loss is caused by several effects such as temperature
oscillations due to finite matrix heat capacity, real gas properties, and temperature
difference due to finite heat transfer coefficient. Asymptotic models developed in
Chapter 3 are used to investigate the magnitude of these individual effects on the
regenerator loss and the mean temperature profile. The accuracy of this model is
considered by comparing it to other regenerator models and by calculating the entropy
generation discrepancy as defined by the Sage model. A last comparison shows that a
friction factor based on oscillating flow data is essentially identical to a friction factor
based on steady flow data if a compressible flow model is used. The effect of
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5.1 Sage System Level Modeling
The regenerator model being developed is decoupled from the rest of the system
via the particular boundary conditions. To evaluate the accuracy of the model, accurate
boundary conditions for mass flow rate need to be applied. Ideally, these mass flow rates
would be measured experimentally at both ends of the regenerator via hot wire
anemometers or a similar method. With the apparatus used, these measurements were
not possible at the cold end of the regenerator due to the integral design of the regenerator
and pulse tube. The wall thickness of both tubes is only 0.007”. If the mass flow
boundary conditions are known, then the regenerator solution can be obtained with the
additional knowledge of the regenerator geometry, friction factor, heat transfer
coefficient, and dispersion coefficient.
The system performance is not completely known from just the regenerator
solution though. The expander, whether a Stirling piston or pulse tube, will produce a net
energy flow out of the cold volume which must carry the regenerator loss, other parasitic
loads, and any net refrigeration. Thus, to compare the system level experimental data
available from the laboratory pulse tube apparatus, there is a need for a system level
model. To this end, a commercially available modeling tool called Sage was used.
Sage is a graphical programming package. The different components are
represented by icons which are then connected to allow flow and energy transmission.
Figure 33 illustrates the diagram of the lab cryocooler. After building the Sage model
which contains all of the geometric aspects of the lab cooler, the model can be exercised
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orifice provide the primary method of correlating the Sage model. To drive the model,
the compressor piston stroke needs to be specified. This data is unavailable
experimentally with the current compressor. However, the Sage optimizer can be used to
adjust the compressor stroke and orifice setting until the two pressure ratios match. The
additional degree of freedom is the pressure phase difference. This phase shift in the
pressure is due primarily to flow friction, most of which occurs in the regenerator. The
Sage model initially gave incorrect pressure phase shift predictions. Experimentation
indicated that the friction in the regenerator was too low, either due to an inaccurate
friction factor or incorrect porosity. The porosity was adjusted until the exact phase shift,
which was measured experimentally, was achieved. This porosity was then kept constant
for the 0.5 and 1.0 W cases. The resulting porosity was found to be 0.663 for 400 mesh.
The measured porosity was 0.692 calculated based on an assumed density and known
mass. This difference was found to be attributable to a density difference for the stainless
steel alloy used to make the screens which results in a 2% density difference. This is
comparable to the differences in the porosity.


Figure 33 – Sage diagram of the laboratory pulse tube apparatus.

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Sage provides useful system level details such as the energy flow map in Figure
34. The critical energy balance for any cryocooler is based on a control volume
containing the cold heat exchanger. This map is based on the 400 mesh regenerator
operating at its coldest temperature of 76 K. At this temperature, and with 50 W of
electrical input power, the cooler produces zero net refrigeration. Considering the cold
heat exchanger control volume, the pulse tube enthalpy flow is consumed totally by the
regenerator loss and the regenerator wall conduction loss. The model illustrates that the
gross refrigeration, in this case 2.09 W, is rejected at the warm end of the pulse tube. The
surge volume accounts for a large portion of the total heat rejection which seems rather
contrary. The critical aspect of the warm end heat transfer is that energy is conserved.

1.884 W
76.51 K
2.09 W 2.09 W
293.9 K
1.86 W 44.45 W 1.884 W
292.6 K
42.57 W 0.0 W 0.233 W
1.86 W
37.9/6.54 W
0.206 W
Compressor Regenerator
Surge Volume
Cold HX Comp. HX/
Transfer Line
W
pv
/Q Q
rej,comp
Q
cond,regen
Q
net
Q
reject
Q
sv
Pulse Tube Reject HX
400 Mesh – 76 K, 0.0 W

Figure 34 - System level energy flow diagram; 400 mesh, 76 K, 0 W

The additional experimental data which was used to correlate the Sage model was the
measured net refrigeration. The 400 mesh regenerator was operated with three
refrigeration loads; 0.0, 0.5, and 1.0 W. For each refrigeration load, the pressure ratios
and phase shifts were measured. The Sage predicted refrigeration was not accurate

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initially. This is probably due to inaccuracies in the empirical pulse tube correlations
which Sage uses. Several phenomenons contribute to reduced pulse tube refrigeration
such as mass streaming and boundary convection, according to the Sage model. These
effects are modeled in Sage as enhanced diffusion effects based on some theoretical and
experimental correlations. These correlations were constructed for larger capacity pulse
tubes, so their accuracy in this size range is unknown. Sage provides a scale factor to
adjust these pulse tube losses. This factor was adjusted at the no-load point and then it
was used for the 0.5 W and 1.0 W cases. The correlation was reasonably good; 1.072 W
predicted versus 1.0 W measured. This error is within experimental error and certainly
within the range of unknown radiation load.

Table 4 – 400 mesh baseline operating conditions
0.0 W 0.5 W 1.0 W
h
m& [g/s]
0.949 0.913 0.904
c
m& [g/s]
0.720 0.679 0.652
Frequency [Hz] 34 34 34
c h
m m & &
φ φ − [deg.]
15.4 16.4 17.0
T
h
[K] 292.6 292.6 292.7
T
c
[K] 76.51 88.44 100
Charge Pressure
[MPa] 3.1 3.1 3.1

The regenerator boundary parameters can then be extracted from the correlated
model. Table 4 summarizes the 400 mesh regenerator operating conditions. These
parameters were then used to perform comparison calculations with the model proposed
in Chapter 3. In this table, the mass flow rates decrease with increasing cold tip
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flow phase angle. This is a result of the decreasing regenerator loss which is proportional
to the phase difference between the pressure and mass flow waves.

5.2 Model Comparison
In this section, the results of the limiting case models presented in Chapter 3 are
illustrated in terms of the net regenerator enthalpy flow rate and the mean temperature
profile. The full regenerator model is then discussed beginning with a presentation of the
solution fields. Several post-processing results such as net energy flows and net entropy
generation rates are then presented. The model is then compared with the Sage and
REGEN model solutions. Finally, the results of the analytic method of determining the
permeability and inertia coefficient from Chapter 2 are presented.

5.2.1 Net Enthalpy Flowrate - The Perfect Regenerator
The net energy flow rate in the regenerator represents a loss mechanism since this
energy must be carried by the gross refrigeration effect of the expander whether it be a
pulse tube or a Stirling displacer. The regenerator loss is a result of conduction and
dispersion in the gas, conduction in the matrix, and net enthalpy flow due to the mass flux
and enthalpy being partially in phase. Only in the limit of zero conduction or dispersion
and zero net enthalpy flux is the regenerator loss zero.
Figure 35 is a comparison of the calculated regenerator loss for the three models
(CTM, LTEM, and DEEM) with additional calculations to compare the effect of real gas
properties. The ideal gas cases additionally assume constant properties evaluated at the

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mean temperature. The operating conditions were kept constant for all models. The
Constant Temperature model, as described in Chapter 3, is the most idealized model.
The only non-idealities included in this model are pressure drop, gas conduction and
dispersion, and matrix conduction. The resulting regenerator loss is only 0.33 W, due
mainly to conduction and dispersion. The addition of real gas properties results in a 0.8
W increase. This increase in the regenerator loss is due to the fact that the enthalpy for a
real gas depends on both temperature and pressure. For the ideal gas, enthalpy depends
only on temperature, which is constant for this model. As a result, the real gas enthalpy
oscillates partially in phase with the mass flux. For the case of ideal gas, constant
properties evaluated at the average of the end point temperatures were used. This has a
significant impact on the viscosity which is strongly dependent on temperature over the
range of interest.
The Local Thermal Equilibrium model was written only for ideal gas. So a good
comparison of the increase in the regenerator loss due to finite thermal capacity is the
ideal gas CTM and the LTEM. In this case, there is a 0.86 W increase. This increase in
regenerator loss is due to additional net enthalpy flow due to the local temperature
oscillation which is allowed in this model. As a result, the enthalpy oscillates locally in
phase with the temperature (and partially in phase with the mass flux.)
The Dual Energy Equation Model captures all of the non-idealities in the
regenerator, specifically the addition of finite temperature difference between the gas and
matrix. This temperature difference leads to an increase in net enthalpy flow of nearly a

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watt (comparing the ideal gas LTEM and ideal gas DEEM.) This increase is due to a
more adverse (smaller) phase angle between enthalpy and mass flux.
Being able to decompose the total regenerator loss provides insight into the
relative importance of the competing design challenges with regenerators. Although
there are no direct simulations provided in this report, as the cold temperature decreases
below the 20 K point the problem of matrix heat capacity becomes a severely limiting
factor. The reason is made evident by comparing the CTM and LTEM results. A factor
that is present at any temperature is the inverse relationship between heat transfer
effectiveness and pressure drop. This analysis does not explicitly illustrate the effect of
pressure drop. Pressure drop represents a loss of available energy for the pulse tube or
expander piston to convert to refrigeration.
0.0
0.5
1.0
1.5
2.0
2.5
3.0
3.5
Constant T
Ideal Gas
Constant T
Real Gas
LTE
Ideal Gas
Dual E
Ideal Gas
Dual E
Real Gas
R
e
g
e
n
e
r
a
t
o
r

L
o
s
s

[
W
]

Figure 35 – Comparison of regenerator loss calculated with limiting case models
based on identical operating conditions (ideal gas assumes constant properties.)

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5.2.2 The Mean Temperature Profile
At quasi-steady state, the net diffusion and enthalpy fields are in a balance such
that the total energy flow through the regenerator is constant. The shape of the net
diffusion and enthalpy fields is strongly affected by the mean temperature profile. Model
convergence is primarily limited by the convergence of the steady mean temperature
profile. Figure 36 illustrates the effect of the different models on the mean temperature
profile. The CTM profile is nearly linear, with a slight, -3 K, deviation at the midpoint.
A dramatically different profile occurs with the addition of real gas properties, with the
midpoint temperature 36 K higher. This difference between the ideal gas and real gas
cases is partly due to the fact that the viscosity is temperature dependent has a significant
variation over the range of temperatures. The ideal gas case uses a constant viscosity
evaluated at the average temperature. The LTEM profile is higher at the midpoint by 9 K
and the ideal gas DEEM profile higher by 17 K. The real gas DEEM also shows a
dramatic deviation especially at the cold end, where the gradient is almost zero. An
interesting comparison exists between the two real gas cases. The mean temperature
profiles for the real gas CTM and DEEM represent the extremes of all the profiles. The
likely cause of this deviation is the finite matrix heat capacity in the DEEM. The CTM
assumes that the heat capacity is essentially infinite such that no temperature fluctuations
occur.

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0
50
100
150
200
250
300
350
0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80
Position [mm]
M
e
a
n

T
e
m
p
e
r
a
t
u
r
e

[
K
]
Constant T
Ideal Gas
Constant T
Real Gas
LTE
Ideal Gas
Dual E
Ideal Gas
Dual E
Real Gas
Linear

Figure 36 – Comparison of mean temperature profiles calculated with the different
models based on identical operating conditions.

5.2.3 Baseline Regenerator Solutions
The regenerator model solves for density, mass flux, gas total energy, and matrix
temperature at periodic quasi-steady state. From these solutions, pressure, velocity,
enthalpy, and entropy can be calculated. The local, instantaneous solutions are shown in
Figure 37. In the upper right, the density field is shown versus time (horizontal axis) and
position (family of curves with red and blue corresponding to hot and cold ends
respectively.) Below this figure, the density maximum and minimum profiles are plotted
versus position in the regenerator. This illustrates the relative difference in the spatial
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compares to the spatial scale (cold end versus warm end.) The velocity is given similar
treatment. The velocity at the cold end is much smaller than the velocity at the warm end
due to the large density difference. The mass flow rates (bottom left) are comparable in
magnitude but with a noticeable phase shift. Pressure is totally driven by the mass flow
boundary conditions (or vise versa with pressure boundary conditions.) The pressure
wave is attenuated and shifted in phase as it passes through the regenerator. Both of
these phenomenon are measured in the apparatus.

0 0.005 0.01 0.015 0.02 0.025
5
10
15
Density [kg/m
3
] vs. Cycle Time [radians]
0 0.005 0.01 0.015 0.02 0.025
-5
0
5
Velocity [m/s] vs. Cycle Time [radians]
0 0.01 0.02 0.03 0.04 0.05
5
10
15
Density [kg/m
3
] vs. Position [m]
rho
max
rho
mean
rho
mi n
0 0.01 0.02 0.03 0.04 0.05
-5
0
5
Velocity [m/s] vs. Position [m]
u
max
u
mean
u
mi n
0 0.005 0.01 0.015 0.02 0.025
-0.5
0
0.5
Mass Flow Rate [g/s] vs. Cycle Time [radians]
0 0.005 0.01 0.015 0.02 0.025
2.8
3
3.2
3.4
Pressure [MPa] vs. Cycle Time [radians]

Figure 37 – Solutions plotted versus time and position. The middle plots are max
and min of density and velocity. Pressure and mass flow phase shifts are apparent.

The temperature field is calculated from the density and total energy using the
appropriate caloric equation of state (ideal or real gas.) In this problem, the temperature

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is not specified on the boundaries. The predicted gas and matrix temperature waves at
the warm and cold ends are shown in Figure 38. The gas temperature leads the matrix
temperature, as would be expected. The gas temperature has a distortion which occurs at
the flow reversal. This is due to the reduction in the heat transfer coefficient at low
velocities. The flow reversal is also associated with the beginning of the expansion
process which causes a reduction in the gas temperature.

0 0.005 0.01 0.015 0.02 0.025
291.5
292
292.5
293
293.5
Warm end temperatures , Gas=r, Matrix=b, Th=g phiTh=-75.2995
T
e
m
p
e
r
a
t
u
r
e

[
K
]
0 0.005 0.01 0.015 0.02 0.025
-1000
-500
0
500
1000
Warm end enthalpy flux phiHh=-2.012
E
n
t
h
a
l
p
y

f
l
u
x

[
W
]
0 0.005 0.01 0.015 0.02 0.025
74
75
76
77
78
79
Cold end temperatures , Gas=r, Matrix=b, Tc=g phiTc=-115.3045
Cycle time [sec.]
T
e
m
p
e
r
a
t
u
r
e

[
K
]
0 0.005 0.01 0.015 0.02 0.025
-200
-100
0
100
200
Cold end enthalpy flux phiHc=-22.3202
Cycle time [sec.]
E
n
t
h
a
l
p
y

f
l
u
x

[
W
]

Figure 38 – Boundary solutions for the gas and matrix temperatures and enthalpy
flow rates.

The enthalpy is also calculated from the total energy and density. In the figure,
the enthalpy flux at the warm and cold end have extremely large amplitudes (1500 W and

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300 W) compared to the DC component which is less than 2 W. It is this DC component
which is critical to be able to predict accurately.
The mean temperature profile for this baseline case is shown in Figure 39 in
comparison to a linear profile. It is this temperature profile which converges the solution
to periodic quasi-steady state.
0 0.01 0.02 0.03 0.04 0.05
80
100
120
140
160
180
200
220
240
260
280
Position [m]
T
e
m
p
e
r
a
t
u
r
e

[
K
]

Figure 39 – Cycle-averaged gas temperature (red) versus a linear profile (blue).

The temperature difference (Figure 40) is a critical aspect to the regenerator
problem. This temperature difference is responsible for a large percentage of the
regenerator loss. The temperature difference is noticeably smaller at the cold end due to
considerably larger mean Reynolds number at the cold end as shown in Figure 41.

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0 0.005 0.01 0.015 0.02 0.025 0.03
-0.5
-0.4
-0.3
-0.2
-0.1
0
0.1
0.2
0.3
0.4
0.5
Cycle Time [sec.]
T
e
m
p
e
r
a
t
u
r
e

D
i
f
f
e
r
e
n
c
e
,

T
-
T
m

[
K
]

Figure 40 – Temperature difference versus position (multiple lines) and time.

0 0.01 0.02 0.03 0.04 0.05 0.06
42
44
46
48
50
52
54
56
58
60
62
Position [m]
M
e
a
n

R
e
y
n
o
l
d
s

N
u
m
b
e
r

Figure 41 – Mean Reynolds Number

5.2.4 First Law Results
Cycle averaging of the solutions during postprocessing provides the most
important aspects of the solution such as the net mass flow rate and enthalpy flow rate.
Figure 42 illustrates that at steady state, the net mass flow rate is very small, essentially
numerical noise. The net enthalpy and heat fluxes due to conduction and dispersion are

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not zero and are shown in Figure 43. The critical point is that the total energy flux
through the regenerator is constant.

0 0.01 0.02 0.03 0.04 0.05 0.06
-3.5
-3
-2.5
-2
-1.5
-1
-0.5
0
0.5
x 10
-6
Position
C
y
c
l
e
-
a
v
e
r
a
g
e
d

m
a
s
s

f
l
o
w

[
g
/
s
]

Figure 42 – Cycle-averaged mass flow rate.

0 0.01 0.02 0.03 0.04 0.05 0.06
0
200
400
600
800
1000
1200
1400
1600
Position
H
Qg
Qm
Total
C
y
c
l
e
-
a
v
e
r
a
g
e
d

e
n
e
r
g
y

f
l
o
w
s

[
m
W
]

Figure 43 – Cycle-averaged energy flows. Regenerator total energy flow is constant
along regenerator.


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5.2.5 Second Law Results
Entropy generation is calculated in postprocessing as well. The individual
sources of entropy generation are illustrated in Figure 44 and Figure 45 as functions of
position and time. The entropy generation due to viscous and inertial losses is the
dominant source, contributing almost 80% of the total available energy loss in this case.
The entropy generation due to the gas conduction and dispersion is characteristically
different than the entropy generation due to the matrix conduction. Since the dispersion
is proportional to the Peclet number, it is oscillatory as can be seen. The matrix
conduction only shows slight oscillation. The entropy generation due to interfacial heat
transfer is the second largest contributor to available energy loss, but it is the dominant
contributor to regenerator net enthalpy flow.

0 0.005 0.01 0.015 0.02 0.025 0.03
-1
0
1
2
3
4
5
dP entropy generation rate [W/m-K]
0 0.005 0.01 0.015 0.02 0.025 0.03
0
0.02
0.04
0.06
0.08
0.1
0.12
kg entropy generation rate [W/m-K]
Cycle Time [sec]

Figure 44 – Entropy generation due to viscous and inertial losses (top), and entropy
generation due to conduction and dispersion in the gas (bottom). Multiple curves
represent different locations in the regenerator, plotted versus cycle time. Results
for 400 mesh baseline case.


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0 0.005 0.01 0.015 0.02 0.025 0.03
0
0.005
0.01
0.015
0.02
km entropy generation rate [W/m-K]
0 0.005 0.01 0.015 0.02 0.025 0.03
0
0.1
0.2
0.3
0.4
0.5
0.6
0.7
h entropy generation rate [W/m-K]
Cycle Time [sec]

Figure 45 – Entropy generation due to matrix conduction (top), and entropy
generation due to interfacial convection (bottom). Results for 400 mesh baseline
case.

0 0.01 0.02 0.03 0.04 0.05 0.06
0
0.2
0.4
0.6
0.8
1
1.2
1.4
1.6
1.8
2
Position [m]
E
n
t
r
o
p
y

g
e
n
e
r
a
t
i
o
n

r
a
t
e

[
W
/
m
-
K
]
Total
Viscous and inertial
Gas conduction and dispersion
Matrix conduction
Interfacial convection

Figure 46 – Cycle-averaged volumetric entropy generation rates plotted versus
position in the regenerator. Results for 400 mesh baseline case.



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Figure 46 provides an interesting picture of the entropy generation mechanisms. The
viscous ad inertial entropy generation decreases to almost nothing at the cold end, but the
interfacial heat transfer component increases sharply at the cold end due to the 1/T
nature. The total entropy generation has a surprising shape with a minimum in the
interior of the regenerator. The area under these curves represents the net total entropy
generation, with units W/K.

5.2.6 Sage and REGEN Comparisons
Sage provides the solution grid for the regenerator. From this, the net energy flow
profiles can be constructed. Figure 47 is a comparison of Sage, the Georgia Tech model
proposed in this thesis, and profiles from a third model known as REGEN3.2.
REGEN3.2 was developed at the National Institute of Standards and Technologies
(NIST.) It models only the regenerator, but with a simplified model. All three models
were run with identical inputs. The profiles plotted for REGEN are after 100,000 cycles
of simulation time which took several hours. The solution is still not satisfactorily
converged as can be seen by the total energy flow profile which has a 10% variation
along the regenerator. The Sage profiles correlate roughly with the Georgia Tech model
which is the most visibly accurate. The Sage model apparently forces the matrix
conduction flux to zero at the ends giving the profiles an abrupt transition at the ends.
This produces a sharp corresponding increase in the enthalpy flux at the ends. The
REGEN seems to grossly over predict the total conduction which is counterintuitive since
the model wholly neglects dispersion.

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0 0.01 0.02 0.03 0.04 0.05
0
0.2
0.4
0.6
0.8
1
1.2
1.4
1.6
1.8
2
Position [m]
N
e
t

e
n
e
r
g
y

f
l
o
w

[
W
]
Sage h
Sage q
Sage h+q
GT h+q
GT q
GT h
REGEN h+q
REGEN h
REGEN q
0 0.01 0.02 0.03 0.04 0.05
0
0.2
0.4
0.6
0.8
1
1.2
1.4
1.6
1.8
2
Position [m]
N
e
t

e
n
e
r
g
y

f
l
o
w

[
W
]
Sage h
Sage q
Sage h+q
GT h+q
GT q
GT h
REGEN h+q
REGEN h
REGEN q

Figure 47 – Comparison of Sage-predicted regenerator loss versus GT model.

REGEN, as mentioned previously, assumes that the pressure gradient is
negligible. The GT model does not make this assumption. The REGEN model as a
result of this assumption produces a non-conservative scheme while the GT model solves
a fully conservative set of equations. This may be the cause of the REGEN model not
converging to a constant energy flow rate as seen in the figure.
Table 5 is a summary of the comparison calculations with Sage. Sage predicts a
moderately higher regenerator loss. The regenerator loss is seen to decrease with
increasing cold end temperature. This source of error is approximately 8%. The effect of
this error directly translates into an error in the net refrigeration prediction. However,
this error is small in comparison to the uncertainty in the pulse tube net enthalpy flow.

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Table 5 – Sage Comparison Summary
GT SAGE
Net refrigeration 0.0 0.5 1.0 0.0 0.5 1.0
Regenerator Loss 1.73 1.60 1.54 1.84 1.744 1.671
Viscous and inertial
lost power 15.3 14.2 14.1 15 14.18 14.02
Interfacial heat
transfer lost power 3.17 2.36 1.87 3.15 2.34 1.85
Gas conduction and
dispersion lost power 0.618 0.477 0.381 - - -
Matrix conduction lost
power 0.129 0.105 0.087 - - -
Total gas and matrix
conduction and disp. 0.747 0.582 0.469 0.713 0.553 0.441
Total lost power 19.2 17.2 16.4 18.9 17.1 16.3
Lost power based on
external calculation 19.2 17.2 16.4 19.0 17.2 16.4
Lost power
discrepancy -0.029% -0.012% -0.060% -0.734% -0.481% -0.270%
Warm end pressure
ratio 1.30 1.31 1.33 1.30 1.31 1.33
Cold end pressure
ratio 1.22 1.22 1.24 1.21 1.22 1.24
Warm end pressure
phase angle -42.6 -43.1 -44.9 -42.7 -43.27 -45.11
Cold end pressure
phase angle -62.8 -62.2 -63.4 -63.1 -62.5 -63.6

The available energy predictions correlate very well between the two models.
The Georgia Tech model demonstrates better available energy discrepancies (0.03%
versus 0.5%.) This discrepancy is calculated, in both models, by summing the internal
sources of entropy generation due to conduction, convection, dispersion, and flow
friction. The sum of the internal entropy generation rates is then compared to the entropy
generation rate determined by an external calculation, i.e. integrating the entropy flux at
the boundaries. Ideally, these two methods of calculating the entropy generation rate are
identical. However, due to numerical errors, these two methods will produce different
results. This discrepancy is then a measure of the accuracy of the numerical scheme.

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The GT model is an order of magnitude more accurate than the Sage model. The
REGEN model does not provide this data, so a comparison cannot be made.
Pressure ratios and phase angles correlate well with each other as well as with
experimental data. The GT model requires that the mass flux be specified at both ends.
The pressure waves which develop are an output from the model. Ideally these pressure
waves should match experimental data in both amplitude and phase. The mass flux at the
ends are unknown experimentally, so the results of the Sage system level model are
heavily relied upon for this information. The pressure waves are sensitive to accurate
modeling of the friction factor in the regenerator. The following section provides a
discussion of the friction factor prediction from experimental data. These predictions
made using a compressible model and are shown to be comparable to friction factors
measured in oscillatory flow.

5.2.7 Permeability and Forchheimer Coefficient Predictions
Chapter 2 introduced a method to predict the permeability and Forchheimer
inertial coefficient using three analytical solutions to the continuity and momentum
equations. The results of this methodology are presented in Table 6 - Table 8. The
compressible model is the most realistic since this model predicts the increase in pore
velocity as the pressure decreases in a steady flow test. The decrease in pressure, which
occurs in incompressible flow as well, leads to a density decrease for a gas flow. The
same predictions were made with the incompressible model. The compressible inertial
term is consistently 30% higher for all of the matrices tested while the permeability is

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almost identical. The permeabilities should be identical since this parameter
characterizes the low Reynolds number regime of the flow where compressibility is much
less important.
The final comparison assesses the importance of the advective acceleration term
in the momentum equation. Both the permeability and inertial coefficient are identical
for all of the matrices tested. This indicates that the inclusion of the advective
acceleration term, at least for steady flow, is not necessary.

Table 6 – Permeability and Forchheimer Coefficient (compressible model)
K c
f

400 Mesh 2.69E-11 0.407
325 Mesh 3.53E-11 0.376
Foam Metal 2.80E-11 0.445
60 Micron 4.91E-11 0.372
45 Micron 2.21E-11 0.259

Table 7 – Permeability and Forchheimer Coefficient (incompressible model)
K c
f

400 Mesh 2.69E-11 0.282
325 Mesh 3.53E-11 0.260
Foam Metal 2.80E-11 0.308
60 Micron 4.91E-11 0.257
45 Micron 2.21E-11 0.179

Table 8 – Permeability and Forchheimer Coefficient (neglecting advective
acceleration)
K c
f

400 Mesh 2.69E-11 0.407
325 Mesh 3.53E-11 0.376
Foam Metal 2.80E-11 0.445
60 Micron 4.91E-11 0.372
45 Micron 2.21E-11 0.259

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A comparison of the friction factor predicted from measurements using 400 mesh
yield close agreement with the friction factor used in Sage as shown in Figure 48. The
friction factor and Reynolds number are defined using different length scales in Sage.
The friction factor and Reynolds number, as defined in Chapter 3, use the permeability
length scale which is measured experimentally. The length scale used in Sage is a
hydraulic diameter based on an approximate geometrical definition which depends on the
porosity and the wire diameter in the case of screens.
There is only a slight deviation in the two friction factors at high Reynolds
number. This is interesting in light of the methodology in which the Sage friction factors
were measured. The friction factor, heat transfer coefficient, and dispersion coefficient
for screens and felts were measured using an oscillatory flow test rig, in hopes of gaining
some improved predictions (19). It is obvious from this comparison that the flow
oscillations may not be nearly as important as the compressibility. It is suspected that the
friction factor depends only on the microscale geometry while the flow friction depends
on the actual macroscopic flow field and fluid properties. The compressible model
provides more motivation that this hypothesis is true.

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1E-01
1E+00
1E+01
1E+02
1E+03
1E+04
1E-03 1E-02 1E-01 1E+00 1E+01 1E+02 1E+03
Reynolds Number
F
r
i
c
t
i
o
n

F
a
c
t
o
r
f_GT
f_sage*K1/
2/(2*dh)

Figure 48 – Friction factor comparison for 400 mesh screens

h
Sage
d
K
f
2
2 / 1

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CHAPTER 6

6. CONCLUSIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS

6.1 Conclusions
The governing equations for the flow and heat transfer which hold for a point in
space and time were volume-averaged, producing a set of continuum equations for the
porous regenerator. These equations contained several source terms which represent the
viscous and inertial friction, gas-to-matrix heat transfer, and thermal dispersion. Several
additional terms were neglected based on scaling arguments. The simplified equations
describe unsteady compressible flow and heat transfer in a porous medium.
The dimensionless regenerator model was found to depend on two leading order
dimensionless parameters and two second order parameters. These parameters indicate
that the second order diffusion terms are small and should not be used as justification for
requiring additional boundary conditions. The resulting problem requires only two mass
flow boundary conditions and an appropriate method for finding the quasi-steady initial
condition.
The oscillatory regenerator flow solution was found to depend strongly on the
mean temperature profile. Finding this mean profile with a semi-analytical technique
allows the solution to be advanced in time much faster than with direct simulation. This
provides a huge computational advantage.

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To validate the numerical method, an exact solution was found which required
additional source terms to be added to the governing equations. The numerical solution
agreed with the exact solution within O(10
-6
) normalized errors.
A method for experimentally testing a cryocooler regenerator has been developed.
Pressure waves are measured at the warm ends of the regenerator/pulse tube. The net
refrigeration is measured with an applied heat load over a range of refrigeration
temperatures. A data acquisition system provides the ability to make high speed
measurements and for test control. Six regenerators were tested with a near-identical
apparatus: 400 mesh, 325 mesh, 60 and 45 micron perforated disks, foam metal, and
diced foam metal. An additional 30 micron perforated disk regenerator is planned for
testing. An optional glass fiber regenerator was investigated but abandoned due to
manufacturability and reliability issues.
System level modeling gives detailed insight into the regenerator operation.
Matching the measured pressure amplitudes and phases in addition to the measured net
refrigeration with the system level model allows the regenerator boundary conditions to
be extracted.
The steady, compressible flow friction factor measurement using an analytical
solution matches with that measured in oscillating flow. The higher friction factor is
apparently due to the velocity acceleration which occurs with a gas flowing through a
porous media at high Reynolds number; it does not appear to depend on the flow
unsteadiness which several investigators have claimed.


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6.2 Contributions
Beginning with the most significant contributions first, the application of the
volume averaging technique to the regenerator problem is the most noteworthy. This
approach removes the ambiguity which has existed in the regenerator literature for
decades. While the simplifications which were made reduce the problem to a similar
formulation found in the literature, the framework for future refinements and
investigations are solidly laid.
The numerical solution of the one dimensional model using a conservative
scheme is a significant contribution. This method is more accurate and reliable than any
existing method in the open literature due to the direct solution of a conservative system
of equations with a conservative numerical scheme. The lack of assumptions make this
model a test case for other models such as REGEN and Sage. Sage is a valuable system
level model, but the regenerator poses the largest source of irreversibility in the entire
cryocooler system. As a result, any inaccuracies in the regenerator can manifest
themselves as large net refrigeration errors. Having an accurate prediction tool allows the
Sage model to be verified.
The test apparatus and accompanying data acquisition system represents six years
of effort. The diagnostic capability of the system allows for real time data analysis.
Optimizing the cryocooler operation is assisted by data averaging, filtering, and trending.
Troubleshooting is much improved. With the addition of the Sage system level modeling
tool, experimentation and simulation can occur simultaneously giving the researcher the
ability to immediately understand the effect of a change in the operating conditions.

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6.3 Future Work
The volume-averaged equations were simplified in a manner which reduced the
macroscopic equations to a form which could be solved. The form of the surface
integrals representing the friction factor and heat transfer correlations reduced to familiar
forms. The strict assumptions under which these simplifications are allowed may not be
exactly true in the case of fully compressible flow with the large temperature and density
variations which are observed in the regenerator. A possible discrepancy which the
simplifications produce is due to the flow reversals which are occurring in the
regenerator. Investigators have long supposed that the friction factor and heat transfer
correlations from steady measurements deviate for oscillating flow. While it is more
likely that the friction factor depends only on the microscale geometry, direct, pore-scale
numerical simulations could be made to evaluate the surface integrals and assess the
effect of the flow oscillations. These types of simulations have been made for steady
flow, but none have been seen in the literature for oscillating, or even unsteady, flow. A
demonstration calculation was performed using Fluent, which is a commercially available
computational fluid dynamics software suite. The simulation consisted of constructing a
solid model for a representative, periodic cell of the porous media, in this case wire mesh.
A steady flow through the mesh was then simulated. Figure 49 and Figure 50 show some
preliminary results of this type of simulation. These simulations were performed for
steady flow only. Oscillating flow simulations are eventually a possibility.


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Figure 49 - Demonstration calculation for flow through wire mesh screens.
Visualization of surface pressure


Figure 50 – Demonstration calculation for flow through wire mesh screens.
Visualization of pathlines.

The surface and volume integrals representing the friction factor, heat transfer coefficient
and dispersion coefficient can be evaluated knowing the pore scale flow. More
importantly, oscillating flow and heat transfer can be modeled.

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Admittedly, the heat transfer coefficient does depend on the flow, especially the
frequency. For “significantly high” frequencies, Newton’s Law of Cooling fails to hold
due to significant phase shifting between the bulk temperature and the interfacial
temperature. Kornhauser and Smith made this realization and adopted a complex Nusselt
number to model this phenomenon. In light of the Reynold’s Analogy, the friction factor
may also exhibit a similar effect at some frequency limit.
The macroscopic regenerator flow is commonly assumed to be one-dimensional
although several investigators have noticed definite deviations. The flow passage
geometry leading into the regenerator will typically create a jet. The jet should be
dispersed rapidly, but it is not possible at this point to model such a phenomenon. Small
aspect ratio regenerators have lead to thermal instability problems producing, apparently,
stagnation zones due to flow asymmetry. These deviations are assumed to dramatically
deteriorate the regenerator performance. Proper system design should alleviate these
problems, but a model capable of capturing these effects would be useful. Such a model
would require, as a minimum, an additional radial coordinate. For most random media,
the friction factor could be assumed, initially, to be constant in the radial direction. For
such a model, the wall boundary conditions would need to be established. The radial
velocity would obviously be zero at the wall, but the axial velocity does not have an
obvious boundary condition at the wall (if one is required at all.) This needs to be studied
carefully.
Several improvements to the test apparatus will represent a significant
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such as piezoelectric pressure transducers will greatly affect the reliability of the test
results. These piezoelectric pressure transducers which do not require the repeated
calibration and are less affected by temperature can be used in the cryogenic regions of
the cooler allowing for direct measurement of the pressure. This is increasingly
important for multistage cryocoolers. Anemometers can be designed with low helium
leakage and can be operated in cryogenic regions as well providing mass flow and
temperature measurements. A larger vacuum dewar will allow for calorimetric heat
exchanger measurements to be made which will provide better system level
understanding. It is possible to make modular components such as regenerators, pulse
tubes, heat exchangers, instrumentation blocks, inertance tubes, surge volumes, etc. This
gives more flexibility to investigate new concepts without redesigning the entire system.
Compressor LVDTs are a necessity for continued testing. These LVDTs are used to
measure the piston position as a function of time. With this information, the mechanical
input PV power can be calculated. This is an important piece of data not currently
available.


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APPENDIX 1 – DERIVATION OF THE VOLUME-AVERAGED
GOVERNING EQUATIONS

A1.1 Volume Averaging Theory
The method of volume averaging is applied to the governing equations for flow in a
porous media. At the outset, the averaging theorems and principles are discussed. The
generalized governing equations of mass conservation, momentum balance and energy
conservation are developed for a single fluid phase flowing and interacting with a single
stationary solid (matrix) phase. The only assumptions that are made initially are that the
two phases do not react chemically with eachother and that the no-slip assumption at the
fluid-solid interface is valid.

A1.1.1 Definitions
Within a porous media, an arbitrarily given volume, V, can contain portions of different
phases of material. Consider for example, a porous media with a single fluid phase, α,
and a single solid phase, β such as the system illustrated in Figure 4. Then the total
volume, V(t) is given as
. ) ( ) ( ) ( t V t V t V
β α
+ = (A1-1)
A property in the α-phase, ω
α
, at a given position, x, in the porous media is written as a
function of space and time as

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. 0 ) , (
, ) , (
=
=
t x
t x
β α
α α α
ω
ω ω
(A1-2)
where the subscript on the position vector indicates the phase at that position.
The phase average of a property is defined as the volumetric average over the
total volume. Explicitly, the phase average is
.
1

=
V
dV
V
α α
ω ω (A1-3)
The intrinsic phase average is the volumetric average of a property over the phase
volume, i.e.
.
1 1 1
0
∫ ∫ ∫ ∫
=
(
(
(
(
¸
(

¸

+ = =
=
α β α
α
α
α α
α
α
α
α
α
ω ω ω ω ω
V V V V
dV
V
dV dV
V
dV
V
43 42 1
(A1-4)
By defining the volume fraction or porosity of the β-phase, ε
α
, as
,
V
V
α
α
ε = (A1-5)
the phase average and intrinsic phase average can be related by
.
α
α α α
ω ε ω = (A1-6)
To transform the governing equations of mass, momentum, and energy for the porous
media, it is necessary to note a few theorems that relate averages of derivatives to
derivatives of averages. These theorems are given without proof. The reader is referred
to the literature for proofs of these theorems (67, 68).



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A1.1.2 Transport Theorem
The volume average of a temporal derivative is related to the temporal derivative of an
average by the Transport Theorem given by
dS n w
V t t
A
α αβ α α
α
αβ
ω ω
ω
⋅ −


=



1
(A1-7)
where A
αβ
is the area of the α-β interface in V, w
αβ
is the velocity of the α-β interfacial
surface in V, and n
α
is the unit normal vector on the α-β interface pointing into the β-
phase. If the no-slip assumption is valid, then
0 = ⇒ =
αβ β α
αβ
αβ
w v v
A
A
(A1-8)
This result requires the surface integral in Equation (A2-7) to be zero, and this leads to a
simplified transport theorem valid for a no-slip porous media given by
.
α
α
ω
ω
t t ∂

=


(A1-9)

A1.1.3 Spatial Averaging Theorem
The volume average of a spatial derivative is related to the spatial derivative of an
average by the Spatial Averaging Theorem given by
.
1
dS n
V
A

+ ∇ = ∇
αβ
α α α α
ω ω ω (A1-10)
This transformation generates an additional term represented by the surface integral even
for a no-slip porous media. This additional term represents a macroscopic contribution
caused be the microscopic interaction of the two phases.

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A1.1.4 Modified Averaging Theorem
Equation (A2-10) can be modified by application of Equation (A2-6). Note that
( )
( )
dS n
V
dS n
V
dS n
V
dS n
V
A A
A
A
∫ ∫


+ + ∇ + ∇ =
+ + ∇ + ∇ =
+ ∇ = ∇
αβ αβ
αβ
αβ
α α
α
α α α
α
α
α
α α
α
α
α α α
α
α
α
α α
α α
α
α α α
ω ω ε ω ω ε
ω ω ε ω ω ε
ω ω ε ω
ˆ
1 1
ˆ
1
1
(A1-11)
where
α
ωˆ is the deviation of ω
α
from its intrinsic phase average defined by
. ˆ
α
α α α
ω ω ω − = (A1-12)
The intrinsic average that appears in the first surface integral is essentially constant over
the surface (42). As a result, the intrinsic average can be removed from the surface
integral giving
dS n
V
dS n
V
dS n
V
A
A A

∫ ∫
+ ∇ =
+ + ∇ + ∇ = ∇
−∇
αβ
αβ
α
αβ
α α
α
α α
α α
ε
α
α
α α
α
α
α
α α α
ω ω ε
ω ω ε ω ω ε ω
ˆ
1
ˆ
1 1
43 42 1
(A1-13)
This leads to the Modified Averaging Theorem given by
dS n
V
A

+ ∇ = ∇
αβ
α α
α
α α α
ω ω ε ω ˆ
1
(A1-14)
This is referred to as the scale decomposition since the parameter is decomposed into a
macroscopic and microscopic component. Note that several consequences arise from this

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term. First, in the α-phase, the deviation can be non-zero, but in the β-phase, this term is
identically zero by Equation (A2-2). Also note that
. 0 ˆ ˆ = =
α
α α
ω ω (A1-15)
These principles and theorems can now be applied to the governing equations to develop
a generalized set of averaged governing equations.

A1.2 Application to the Governing Equations
The preceding volume averaging theorems can now be applied to the governing
equations. In doing so, the continuum flow which exists at the microscopic level is
transformed into a continuum flow at the macroscopic level. The result is the production
of various terms representing the microscale influence on the macroscopic flow.

A1.2.1 Volume-Averaged Conservation of Mass Equation
The phase average of Equation (2-13) is
( ) . 0 = ⋅ ∇ +


α α
α
ρ
ρ
u
t
r
(A1-16)
In developing this volume-averaged equation, we will assume that the no-slip assumption
is valid at the fluid solid interface. We will also neglect gradients in the porosity.
Application of the Transport Theorem (A2-9) to the first term in Equation (A2-16) yields
.
α
α
ρ
ρ
t t ∂

=


(A1-17)
Definition (A2-6) can be used to obtain

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.
α
α α
α
ρ ε
ρ
t t ∂

=


(A1-18)
Application of the Averaging Theorem (A2-10) to the second term in Equation (A2-16)
yields
( ) .
1
dS u n
V
u u
A

⋅ + ⋅ ∇ = ⋅ ∇
αβ
α α α α α α α
ρ ρ ρ
r r r
(A1-19)
The surface integral in the last equation evaluates to zero due to the no slip assumption
reducing the equation to
( ) .
α α α α
ρ ρ u u
r r
⋅ ∇ = ⋅ ∇ (A1-20)
Definitions (A2-12) and (A2-15) can be used to obtain
( ) ( ) .
ˆ
ˆ
α α
α
α
α
α α α α
ρ ρ ε ρ u u u
r r r
⋅ ∇ + ⋅ ∇ = ⋅ ∇ (A1-21)
Thus, the volume-averaged continuity equation becomes
( ) . 0
ˆ
ˆ
1
= ⋅ ∇ + ⋅ ∇ +


4 43 4 42 1
r
4 4 3 4 4 2 1
r
43 42 1
dispersion mass
convection
on accumulati
u u
t
α α
α
α
α
α
α
α
α
ρ
ε
ρ ρ (A1-22)
This volume-averaged form of the continuity equation contains an additional term which
was not in the point equations. This term represents the dispersive mass transport. This
is a generalized continuity equation for 3-D flow in a porous media. The momentum
equation can be averaged in the same manner.





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A1.2.2 Volume-Averaged Balance of Momentum Equation
The phase average of Equation (2-14) is
( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) . 0
3
1
= ∇ ⋅ ∇ − ⋅ ∇ ∇ − ∇ + ⋅ ∇ +


α α α α α α α α α α
µ µ ρ ρ u u p u u u
t
r r r r r
(A1-23)
As with the continuity equation, we will assume that the no-slip assumption is valid and
that gradients of the porosity are negligible. Application of the Transport Theorem (A2-
10) to the first term in Equation (A2-23) yields
( ) .
α α α α
ρ ρ u
t
u
t
r r


=


(A1-24)
Definitions (A2-12) and (A2-15) can be used to obtain
.
ˆ
ˆ
α α
α
α
α
α α α α
ρ ρ ε ρ u u u
r r r
+ = (A1-25)
Substitution of Equation (A2-25) into Equation (A2-24) yields
( ) ( ) .
ˆ
ˆ
α α
α
α
α
α α α α
ρ ρ ε ρ u
t
u
t
u
t
r r r


+


=


(A1-26)
The Averaging Theorem (A2-10) can be applied to the second term in Equation (A2-23)
to obtain
( ) .
α α α α α α
ρ ρ u u u u
r r r r
⋅ ∇ = ⋅ ∇ (A1-27)
Definitions (A2-12) and (A2-15) can be used to expand
α α α
ρ u u
r r
to the form
.
ˆ ˆ
ˆ
ˆ
ˆ
ˆ
ˆ
ˆ ˆ
α α α
α
α α α
α α
α
α α α
α
α
α
α
α
α
α
α α α α α
ρ ρ
ρ ρ ρ ε ρ
u u u u
u u u u u u u u
r r r r
r r r r r r r r
+ +
+ + =
(A1-28)
Thus Equation (A2-27) becomes

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( ) ( ) ( ) ( )
( ) .
ˆ ˆ
ˆ
ˆ
ˆ
ˆ
ˆ
ˆ ˆ
α α α
α
α α α
α α
α
α α α
α
α
α
α
α
α
α
α α α α α
ρ ρ
ρ ρ ρ ε ρ
u u u u
u u u u u u u u
r r r r
r r r r r r r r
⋅ ∇ + ⋅ ∇ +
⋅ ∇ + ⋅ ∇ + ⋅ ∇ = ⋅ ∇
(A1-29)
The Modified Averaging Theorem (A2-14) can be applied to the third term in Equation
(A2-23) to produce
. ˆ
1

+ ∇ = ∇
αβ
α α
α
α α α
ε
A
dS p n
V
p p (A1-30)
Now proceed to expand the viscous terms in Equation (A2-23). The viscosity can be
considered to be constant within the averaging volume, and the last term in Equation
(A2-23) can be written as
( ) ( ) .
1
dS u n
V
u u
A

∇ ⋅ + ∇ ⋅ ∇ = ∇ ⋅ ∇
αβ
α α α α α α α
µ µ µ
r r r
(A1-31)
Applying the modified averaging theorem again produces
( ) .
1
ˆ
1
dS u n
V
dS u n
V
u u
A A
∫ ∫
∇ ⋅ +
|
|
.
|

\
|
(
(
¸
(

¸

+ ∇ ⋅ ∇ = ∇ ⋅ ∇
αβ αβ
α α α α α
α
α α α α α
µ ε µ µ
r r r r
(A1-32)
Again the surface integral, dS u n
V
A

αβ
α α
ˆ
1 r
, evaluates to zero by the no-slip assumption
which simplifies the last equation to
( ) ( ) dS u n
V
u u
A

∇ ⋅ + ∇ ⋅ ∇ = ∇ ⋅ ∇
αβ
α α α
α
α α α α α
µ µ ε µ
r r r 1
(A1-33)
which can be expanded to

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( ) ( )
.
ˆ
1 1
dS u n
V
dS u n
V
u u
A A
∫ ∫
∇ ⋅ + ∇ ⋅ +
∇ ⋅ ∇ = ∇ ⋅ ∇
αβ αβ
α α α
α
α α α
α
α α α α α
µ µ
µ ε µ
r r
r r
(A1-34)
The first surface integral also evaluates to zero if the porosity is constant. The final form
of the viscous term is
( ) ( ) .
ˆ
1
dS u n
V
u u
A

∇ ⋅ + ∇ ⋅ ∇ = ∇ ⋅ ∇
αβ
α α α
α
α α α α α
µ µ ε µ
r r r
(A1-35)
The compressible viscous term in Equation (A2-23) can similarly be expanded to
( ) ( ) .
ˆ
3
1
3 3
1
dS u n
V
u u
A

⋅ ∇ + ⋅ ∇ ∇ = ⋅ ∇ ∇
αβ
α α
α
α
α α
α
α α
µ
µ
ε
µ
r r r
(A1-36)
Substitution of Equations (A2-26), (A2-29), (A2-30), (A2-36), and (A2-34) into Equation
(A2-23) yields
( ) ( ) ( ) ( )
( ) ( )
( ) . 0
ˆ ˆ
ˆ
1
ˆ
ˆ
1
ˆ
ˆ
1
ˆ ˆ
1
ˆ
ˆ
1
ˆ ˆ
3
ˆ
~ 1
3
1
= ⋅ ∇ + ⋅ ∇ +
⋅ ∇ + ⋅ ∇ +


+
(
¸
(

¸

∇ −
|
.
|

\
|
⋅ ∇ − ⋅ +
∇ ⋅ ∇ − ⋅ ∇ ∇ − ∇ + ⋅ ∇ +



α α α
α
α
α α α
α
α α
α
α
α
α α
α
α
α
α α
α
α α α
α
α α
α
α
α α
α
α α
α
α
α
α
α
α
α
α
α
α
α
α
ρ
ε
ρ
ε
ρ
ε
ρ
ε
ρ
ε
µ
µ
µ µ ρ ρ
αβ
u u u u
u u u u u
t
dS u u p I n
V
u u p u u u
t
A
r r r r
r r r r r
r r
r r r r r
(A1-37)
In the last step, three surface integrals were combined and the whole equation was
divided by porosity. We can take advantage of the continuity equation (A2-22) to re-
write the momentum equation in weak conservation form as

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( ) ( )
( ) ( )
. 0
ˆ ˆ
ˆ
1
ˆ
ˆ
1
ˆ
ˆ
1
ˆ ˆ
1
ˆ
ˆ
1
ˆ ˆ
3
ˆ
~ 1
3
1
= ⋅ ∇ + ∇ ⋅ +
⋅ ∇ + ⋅ ∇ +


+
(
¸
(

¸

∇ −
|
.
|

\
|
⋅ ∇ − ⋅ +
∇ ⋅ ∇ − ⋅ ∇ ∇ − ∇ + ∇ ⋅ +



α α α
α
α
α α α
α
α α
α
α
α
α α
α
α
α
α α
α
α α α
α
α α
α
α
α α
α
α α
α
α
α
α
α
α
α
α
α
α
α
α
ρ
ε
ρ
ε
ρ
ε
ρ
ε
ρ
ε
µ
µ
µ µ ρ ρ
αβ
u u u u
u u u u u
t
dS u u p I n
V
u u p u u u
t
A
r r r r
r r r r r
r r
r r r r r
(A1-38)

A1.2.3 Volume-Averaged α-Phase Conservation of Energy Equation
The phase average of Equation (2-15) is
( )
( ) ( ) . 0 = ∇ ⋅ ∇ − ⋅ ∇ +


α α α α α
α α
ρ
ρ
T k h u
t
e r
(A1-39)
The same assumptions for no-slip and gradients of porosity will be applied to the energy
equation as well. Application of the averaging theorems to the accumulation term in
Equation (A2-39) yields
( )
( )
.
ˆ ˆ
t
e
t
e
t
e
t
e


+


=


=


α α
α
α
α
α
α
α α
α α
ρ ρ
ε
ρ
ρ
(A1-40)
Application of the averaging theorems to the convection term in Equation (A2-39) yields
( ) ( ) ( ) ( )
( ) .
ˆ ˆ
ˆ
ˆ
ˆ
ˆ ˆ ˆ
ˆ
α α α
α
α α α
α α
α
α
α
α α α
α
α
α
α
α
α α α α α
ρ ρ
ρ ρ ρ ε ρ
h u h u
h u h u h u h u
r r
r r r r
⋅ ∇ + ⋅ ∇ +
⋅ ∇ + ⋅ ∇ + ⋅ ∇ = ⋅ ∇
(A1-41)
Finally, the conduction term in Equation (A2-39) can be simplified to

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( ) | |
.
1
ˆ
1
1
∫ ∫

∇ ⋅ −
(
(
¸
(

¸

|
|
.
|

\
|
+ ∇ ⋅ −∇ =
∇ ⋅ − ∇ ⋅ −∇ = ∇ ⋅ ∇ −
αβ αβ
αβ
α α α α α
α
α α α
α α α α α α α
ε
A A
A
dS T k n
V
dS T n
V
T k
dS T k n
V
T k T k
(A1-42)
The last step in Equation (A2-42) involves decomposing the point temperature according
to the decomposition definition. Substituting Equations (A2-40), (A2-41), and (A2-42)
into Equation (A2-39) gives
( )
( )
( )
( ) ( ) . 0
ˆ ˆ
ˆ
1
ˆ
ˆ
1
ˆ ˆ
1
ˆ
ˆ
1
ˆ ˆ
1 1 1
ˆ
1 1
= ⋅ ∇ + ⋅ ∇ + ⋅ ∇ +
⋅ ∇ +


+ ∇ ⋅ −
(
(
¸
(

¸

|
|
.
|

\
|
+ ∇ ⋅ ∇ − ⋅ ∇ +




α α α
α
α
α α α
α
α α
α
α
α
α
α α α
α
α α
α
α α α
α
α α
α
α α α
α
α
α
α
α
α
α
α
α
α
α
ρ
ε
ρ
ε
ρ
ε
ρ
ε
ρ
ε ε
ε
ε
ρ
ρ
αβ
αβ
h u h u h u
h u
t
e
dS T k n
V
dS T n
V
T k h u
t
e
A
A
r r r
r
r
(A1-43)

A1.2.4 Volume-Averaged β-Phase Conservation of Energy Equation
The phase average of Equation (2-16) is
( ) ( ) 0 = ∇ ⋅ ∇ −


β β
β
β
ρ T k
t
T
c
v
(A1-44)
which can be readily simplified to
( )
. 0
1
ˆ
1
= ∇ ⋅ −
(
(
¸
(

¸

|
|
.
|

\
|
+ ∇ ⋅ ∇ −




αβ
αβ
β β β
β
β β
β
β
β β
β
β
β
ρ
A
A
v
dS T k n
V
dS T n
V
T k
t
T
c
(A1-45)


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A1.2.5 Volume-Averaged α-Phase Entropy Generation Equation
The phase average of Equation (2-17) is
( )
( ) . 0
,

|
|
.
|

\
|
⋅ ∇ + ⋅ ∇ +


= ′ ′ ′
α
α
α α α
α α
α
ρ
ρ
T
q
u s
t
s
s
gen
r
r
(A1-46)
The first term on the right in Equation (A2-46) representing the time rate of change of
entropy can be expanded to obtain
( )
( )
.
ˆ ˆ
t
s
t
s
t
s
t
s


+


=


=


α α
α
α
α
α
α
α α
α α
ρ ρ
ε
ρ
ρ
(A1-47)
In developing this volume-averaged equation, the no-slip assumption is valid at the fluid
solid interface. Gradients in the porosity will also be neglected. Now applying the
averaging theorems to the second term on the right of Equation (A2-46) representing the
convection of entropy gives
( ) ( ) ( ) ( )
( ) .
ˆ
ˆ ˆ
ˆ
ˆ
ˆ
ˆ ˆ ˆ
α α α
α
α α α
α α
α
α
α
α α α
α
α
α
α
α
α α α α α
ρ ρ
ρ ρ ρ ε ρ
u s s u
u s u s u s u s
r r
r r r r
⋅ ∇ + ⋅ ∇ +
⋅ ∇ + ⋅ ∇ + ⋅ ∇ = ⋅ ∇
(A1-48)
Using Fourier’s Law, the third term on the right of Equation (A2-46) can be expanded to



⋅ −
(
¸
(

¸


⋅ −∇ =
|
|
.
|

\
| ∇
⋅ ∇ −
αβ
α
α α
α
α
α
α
α
α α
A
dS
T
T k
n
V T
T
k
T
T k 1
(A1-49)
Substituting Equation (A2-47) through Equation (A2-49) into Equation (A2-46) produces

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( )
( ) ( ) ( )
( )


⋅ −
(
¸
(

¸


⋅ ∇ −
⋅ ∇ + ⋅ ∇ +
⋅ ∇ + ⋅ ∇ + ⋅ ∇ +


+


= ′ ′ ′
αβ
α
α α
α
α α
α
α
α
α α α
α
α
α α α
α
α α
α
α
α
α
α α α
α
α
α
α
α
α
α
α α
α
α
α
α
α
α
α
ε
ρ
ε
ρ
ε
ρ
ε
ρ
ε
ρ
ρ
ε
ρ
A
gen
dS
T
T k
n
V T
T
k
u s s u
u s u s u s
t
s
t
s
s
1 1
ˆ
ˆ ˆ
1
ˆ
ˆ
1
ˆ
ˆ
1
ˆ ˆ
1
ˆ ˆ
1
,
r r
r r r
(A1-50)

A1.2.6 Volume-Averaged β-Phase Entropy Generation Equation
The phase average of Equation (2-18) is
( )
0
,

|
|
.
|

\
|
⋅ ∇ +


= ′ ′ ′
β
β β β
β
ρ
T
q
t
s
s
gen
r
(A1-51)
which can be readily expanded to


⋅ −
(
(
¸
(

¸


⋅ ∇ −


= ′ ′ ′
αβ
β
β β
β
β β
β
β
β
β
β
β
β
β
ε
ρ
A
gen
dS
T
T k
n
V T
T
k
t
s
s
1 1
,
(A1-52)

The volume averaged equations have been developed in sufficiently generalized
form. In the present form, the equations do not present a tractable problem. Eventually,
these equations will be represented entirely in terms of volume averaged quantities. The
details of this simplification are the subject of Chapter 2.

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APPENDIX 2 – DERIVATION OF DIFFERENTIATION
OPERATORS USING MATLAB

Spatial differentiation can be expressed as a linear operator using a variety of
discrete differentiation schemes. In general, the i
th
derivative of a quantity, a, can be
calculated as
j ij
i
a D
x
a
≅ |
.
|

\
|


(A2-1)
where D
ij
is the linear differentiation operator. Higher order differentiation can be
performed using either a higher order operator or via recursive operations, i.e
( )
k jk ij
i
a D D
x
a

|
|
.
|

\
|


2
2
(A2-2)
These operators can be of variable order or method. In this research, it was found
that central finite difference operators performed well due to the diffusive nature of the
continuity equation. Second order central and fourth order central differences were
employed. It was noticed that the second order central operators were more stable than
fourth order, but the fourth order provided more accuracy. It is possible to construct
upwind or biased difference operators. These gave little success for this problem.




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Any finite difference operator can be constructed by forming a Taylor series
expansion:
( )
( )
( )
( )
( )
( )
( )
( )
...
! 4 ! 3 ! 2 ! 1
4
4
3
3
2
2
1
1
+
∆ −
+
∆ −
+
∆ −
+
∆ −
+ =
− i i i i i n i
u
x n
u
x n
u
x n
u
x n
u u
M
( )
( )
( )
( )
( )
( )
( )
( )
...
! 4
2
! 3
2
! 2
2
! 1
2
4
4
3
3
2
2
1
1
2
+
∆ −
+
∆ −
+
∆ −
+
∆ −
+ =
− i i i i i i
u
x
u
x
u
x
u
x
u u
( )
( )
( )
( )
( )
( )
( )
( )
...
! 4
1
! 3
1
! 2
1
! 1
1
4
4
3
3
2
2
1
1
1
+
∆ −
+
∆ −
+
∆ −
+
∆ −
+ =
− i i i i i i
u
x
u
x
u
x
u
x
u u
( )
( )
( )
( )
( )
( )
( )
( )
...
! 4
1
! 3
1
! 2
1
! 1
1
4
4
3
3
2
2
1
1
1
+
∆ +
+
∆ +
+
∆ +
+
∆ +
+ =
+ i i i i i i
u
x
u
x
u
x
u
x
u u
( )
( )
( )
( )
( )
( )
( )
( )
...
! 4
2
! 3
2
! 2
2
! 1
2
4
4
3
3
2
2
1
1
2
+
∆ +
+
∆ +
+
∆ +
+
∆ +
+ =
+ i i i i i i
u
x
u
x
u
x
u
x
u u
M
( )
( )
( )
( )
( )
( )
( )
( )
...
! 4 ! 3 ! 2 ! 1
4
4
3
3
2
2
1
1
+
∆ +
+
∆ +
+
∆ +
+
∆ +
+ =
+ i i i i i n i
u
x n
u
x n
u
x n
u
x n
u u (A2-3)
By forming a truncated linear series, the desired operator can be created. For example,
the three point central differences for the first and second derivative are formed by taking
a linear series of the i+1 and i-1 points:
( )
( )
( )
( )
( )
3 2
2
1
1
1
! 2
1
! 1
1
x O u
x
a u
x
a au au
i i i i
∆ +
∆ −
+
∆ −
+ =

(A2-4)
( )
( )
( )
( )
( )
3 2
2
1
1
1
! 2
1
! 1
1
x O u
x
b u
x
b bu bu
i i i i
∆ +
∆ +
+
∆ +
+ =
+
(A2-5)
Summing the three-point approximation equations gives

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( )
( ) ( ) | |
( )
( ) ( ) | |
( )
( )
3 2
2
2 2 1
1
1 1
1 1
! 2
1 1
! 1
1 1 x O u
x
b a u
x
b a
bu u b a au
i i
i i i
∆ +

+ − +

+ − =
+ + −
+ −
(A2-6)
which can be solved for the first and second derivatives,
( )
( )
( ) ( ) | |
) (
! 1
1 1
2
1
1 1
1 1
1
x O
x
b a
bu u b a au
u
i i i
i
∆ +

+ −
+ + −
=
+ −
,
( ) ( )
( ) ( )
(
¸
(

¸

=
(
¸
(

¸

(
¸
(

¸



0
1
1 1
1 1
2 2
1 1
b
a
(A2-7)
( )
( )
( ) ( ) | |
) (
! 2
1 1
1
2
2 2
1 1
2
x O
x
b a
bu u b a au
u
i i i
i
∆ +

+ −
+ + −
=
+ −
,
( ) ( )
( ) ( )
(
¸
(

¸

=
(
¸
(

¸

(
¸
(

¸



1
0
1 1
1 1
2 2
1 1
b
a
. (A2-8)
The matrix equations are chosen such that the unwanted derivatives are eliminated. The
end node approximations are calculated using biased formulae. For i=1
( )
( )
( )
( )
( )
3 2
1
2
1
1
1
1 2
! 2
1
! 1
1
x O u
x
u
x
u u ∆ +
∆ +
+
∆ +
+ = (A2-9)
( )
( )
( )
( )
( )
3 2
1
2
1
1
1
1 3
! 2
2
! 1
2
x O u
x
u
x
u u ∆ +
∆ +
+
∆ +
+ = (A2-10)
summing
( )
( ) ( ) | |
( )
( )
( ) ( ) | |
( )
( )
( )
3 2
1
2
2 2 1
1
1
1 1
3 2 1
! 2
2 1
! 1
2 1 x O u
x
b a u
x
b a
bu au u b a
∆ +

+ + + +

+ + +
= + + + −
(A2-11)
which can be solved for both the first and second order approximations as

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( )
( )
( ) ( ) | |
( )
( )
2
1
1 1
3 2 1
1
1
! 1
2 1
x O
x
b a
bu au u b a
u ∆ +

+ + +
+ + + −
= ,
( ) ( )
( ) ( )
(
¸
(

¸

=
(
¸
(

¸

(
¸
(

¸

0
1
2 1
2 1
2 2
1 1
b
a
(A2-12)
( )
( )
( ) ( ) | |
( )
( )
1
2
2 2
3 2 1
2
1
! 2
2 1
x O
x
b a
bu au u b a
u ∆ +

+ + +
+ + + −
= ,
( ) ( )
( ) ( )
(
¸
(

¸

=
(
¸
(

¸

(
¸
(

¸

1
0
2 1
2 1
2 2
1 1
b
a
. (A2-13)
Similarly, the formulae for i=n are
( )
( )
( ) ( ) | |
( )
( )
2
1
1 1
2 1
1
! 1
2 1
x O
x
b a
bu au u b a
u
n n n
n
∆ +

− + −
+ + + −
=
− −
,
( ) ( )
( ) ( )
(
¸
(

¸

=
(
¸
(

¸

(
¸
(

¸

− −
− −
0
1
2 1
2 1
2 2
1 1
b
a
(A2-14)
( )
( )
( ) ( ) | |
( )
( )
1
2
2 2
2 1
2
! 2
2 1
x O
x
b a
bu au u b a
u
n n n
n
∆ +

− + −
+ + + −
=
− −
,
( ) ( )
( ) ( )
(
¸
(

¸

=
(
¸
(

¸

(
¸
(

¸

− −
− −
1
0
2 1
2 1
2 2
1 1
b
a
. (A2-15)
For a system with three spatial nodes, the operators are
(
(
(
¸
(

¸



− −

=
3 4 1
1 0 1
1 4 3
2
1
) 1 (
2
x
D (A2-16)
and
(
(
(
¸
(

¸





=
1 2 1
1 2 1
1 2 1
1
2
) 2 (
2
x
D . (A2-17)
These operators are both O(∆x
2
) accuracy. Applying this same technique for a five point
stencil results in operators which are O(∆x
4
) accuracy. These are given as

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(
(
(
(
(
(
¸
(

¸

− −
− −
− −
− − −
− − −

=
25 48 36 16 3
3 10 18 6 1
1 8 0 8 1
1 6 18 10 3
3 16 36 48 25
12
1
) 1 (
4
x
D (A2-18)
and
(
(
(
(
(
(
¸
(

¸

− −
− −
− − −
− −
− −

=
35 104 114 56 11
11 20 6 4 1
1 16 30 16 1
1 4 6 20 11
11 56 114 104 35
12
1
2
) 2 (
4
x
D . (A2-19)

154

APPENDIX 3 – COMPRESSOR ELECTRO-MECHANICAL
MODELING

The compressor piston position, and the resulting PV power due to this motion,
can be predicted by measuring the voltage and current waveforms delivered to the
compressor. The compressor electrical power input and PV power output are not
equivalent due to losses which occur in the compressor. The largest loss is due to
resistive power dissipation, which is simple to measure. Some smaller losses are due to
eddy currents and friction. These losses require a complete model to allow the prediction
of piston motion.

A3.1 The electromechanical system
The compressor model consists of a mechanical model for the piston moving
mass which is coupled to an electrical model for the voice coil circuit. The coupling
occurs through the electromotive force in the mechanical model and the back emf voltage
in the electrical model. Experimental measurement of the voice coil current and voltage
in addition to the compression space pressure then allows the piston position to be
predicted. Several unknown mechanical and electrical design parameters must be
determined before this is possible. The experimental measurement of these design
parameters, and the basis for this model are developed by Leach who has modeled a
loudspeaker electromechanical system (69).

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Compression
Space, p
c
To cryocooler
Housing plenum, p
h
Piston moving mass
Voice coil
Magnetic structure
Suspension
spring
stiffness, k

Figure 51 – Voice coil compressor schematic

The compressor schematic illustrated in Figure 51 is representative of the
compressors commonly used to drive Oxford class cryocoolers including Stirling and
Pulse Tube Cryocoolers. This type of compressor utilizes a “voice-coil” to create an
electromotive force to drive the piston motion. The term “voice-coil” comes from audio
load speakers which operate very similarly to reciprocating compressors. The
compressor is essentially a loudspeaker designed to operate at a very high sound pressure
level (SPL). Most compressors use a suspension spring of some sort. Flexures allow the
piston to be centered in the cylinder which reduces frictional drag. Other pistons are
designed to have a sliding contact seal between the piston and cylinder.

A3.2 The Mechanical System
The compressor model can be constructed by considering a free-body diagram of
the compressor piston, similar to Figure 52. In this free-body diagram, the reaction
forces due to pressure, friction, electromotive force, spring stiffness, and inertia are

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shown. The electromotive force constant, Bl , is the product of the magnetic flux in the
air gap, B , and the effective length of wire that cuts the flux, l . It is assumed that Bl is
a nonlinear function of the piston position and possibly other parameters such as
frequency or current. The pressure in the compression space on the positive x face of the
piston is
c
p and the pressure in the housing plenum space is
h
p . These pressures act on
the piston cross sectional area,
piston
A . The suspension spring stiffness, k , resists the
piston movement. In general, k is a function of the piston position. The moving piston
experiences a frictional force due to sliding contact between the piston and cylinder or
due to viscous shearing of the gas in the piston-cylinder clearance gap in the case of
flexure-mounted pistons. In either case, the frictional force can be approximated by the
friction coefficient, b , times the velocity of the piston.

I Bl ⋅
m
piston c
A p
piston h
A p
kx
x
piston
A
x b&

Figure 52 – Compressor piston free-body diagram (FBD)




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Considering all of the forces acting on the piston, Newton’s Law can be written
for the piston moving mass, m , as
( )
piston c h
A p p I Bl kx x b x m − + ⋅ = + + & & & (A3-1)
Equation (A4-1) is a differential equation which defines the piston position. This
equation can be solved if the pressures,
h
p and
c
p , and current, I , are known as
functions of time. Additionally, the coefficients, m , b , k , Bl , and
piston
A must be
known. The compression space pressure,
c
p , can be measured experimentally. The
pressure in the housing plenum,
h
p , can be modeled using a simple adiabatic
compression process for the plenum volume. This results in an expression for the
housing pressure as a function of the piston position,
|
|
.
|

\
|
− =
g hou
piston
b h
V
A
x p p
sin
1 (A3-2)
where
b
p is the mean, or baseline, pressure. When this relation for the housing pressure
is substituted into Equation (A4-1), the mechanical equation becomes
piston c
g hou
piston b
A p I Bl x
V
A p
k x b x m
~
sin
2
− ⋅ =
|
|
.
|

\
|
+ + + & & & (A3-3)
where the compression space pressure has been decomposed into a mean pressure and the
fluctuating component,
c b c
p p p
~
+ = . (A3-4)
The adiabatic assumption for the housing volume pressure reduces the information
needed. More accurate modeling of the housing pressure is possible. Heat transfer

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between the gas and the housing and piston clearance seal flow will affect the housing
pressure. The adiabatic model should be sufficient for a first estimate. The AC
component of the compression space pressure,
c
p
~
, still remains, and this is measured
experimentally. At this point, the current can be measured experimentally, and the piston
position can be calculated, provided the parameters are known.

A3.3 The Electrical System
x Bl & V
I
coil
R
( ) ω
E
L
( ) ω
E
R
R
I
L
I

Figure 53 – Leach’s lossy inductor voice coil model

The experimentally observed voice-coil current presents large harmonic content
with a pure sinusoidal voltage drive. The first and second harmonics are typically 10% of
the fundamental. This indicates that there are significant nonlinearities in the
electromechanical system. An electrical model can be considered such that the source of
the nonlinearities can be studied. This is important for the current objective of
determining the piston motion. If the nonlinearity is occurring entirely within the
electrical system, then the piston motion is unaffected. However, if the nonlinearity is
related to a nonlinear Bl , then the piston motion is affected. Leach (69) has proposed a

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possible circuit model for the voice-coil which is illustrated in Figure 53. This circuit is
driven by a sinusoidal voltage, V. Current, I, flows through a constant resistance, R
coil
,
which is the coil DC resistance. The current then flows through a parallel circuit
representing the lossy inductor created by the voice coil. Losses occur due to eddy
currents in the magnetic pole structure. The lossy inductance, L
E
, and the eddy current
resistance, R
E
, are empirically determined and functions of frequency. Leach proposes a
method for measuring these two parameters using a small drive voltage at a frequency
significantly above the resonance frequency (69). This ensures that there is negligible
piston motion. The circuit also contains an additional voltage source, known as the back
emf. This voltage source is created by the voice coil traveling through the magnetic field.
This voltage is proportional to the electromotive constant, Bl , and the voice coil
velocity.
The circuit diagram can be written mathematically as
( ) x Bl I L
dt
d
R I V
L E coil
& + + ⋅ = . (A3-5)
The node current law gives
R L
I I I + = . (A3-6)
The loop voltage law around the parallel inductor and resistor can be written as
( )
L E R E
I L
dt
d
I R = . (A3-7)
Finally, the current flowing through the inductor is defined by the nonlinear differential
equation

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( ) ( )
E L L E
R I I I L
dt
d
− = . (A3-8)
The drive current can now be written as
E coil
E L
R R
R I x Bl V
I
+
+ −
=
&
(A3-9)
and the inductor current equation can be written as
( ) x Bl V
R R
R
dt
dL
R
R R
R
I
dt
dI
L
E coil
E E
E
E coil
E
L
L
E
& −
+
=
|
|
.
|

\
|
− −
+

2
. (A3-10)
The inductor current must be solved for simultaneously with the piston motion which can
now be written as
piston c
E coil
E L
g hou
piston b
E coil
A p
R R
R I V
Bl x
V
A p
k x
R R
Bl
b x m
~
sin
2
2

+
+
⋅ =
|
|
.
|

\
|
+ +
|
|
.
|

\
|
+
+ + & & & (A3-11)
An effective spring stiffness and friction coefficient can be defined as
g hou
piston b
eff
V
A p
k k
sin
2
+ = (A3-12)
and
E coil
eff
R R
Bl
b b
+
+ =
2
(A3-13)
respectively. It is clear that the housing gas acts as a spring which increases with the
square of the piston area. The gas spring stiffness also depends on the baseline pressure
and the housing volume as expected. The effective friction coefficient now contains a
term which depends on the electromotive force constant squared. This term represents
the apparent dissipative force due to coil and eddy current losses.

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The compressor electromechanical model can be used for a variety of purposes.
First, it can be used as a design tool to predict compressor performance based on a choice
of design parameters. Secondly, it can be used to determine unknown parameters based
on experimentally measured voltage, current, pressure, and position. In the case of a few
unknown parameters, this should be tractable. However, if there are many unknown
coefficients, then this presents a difficult problem. For nonlinear parameters, a
correlation function needs to be chosen which increases the number of unknown
parameters. The model can be tested using a compressor with piston position sensors. In
this case, the current, voltage, pressure, and position can be measured. The coil
resistance can easily be measured. Using the methodology described by Leach, the lossy
inductance and resistance can be measured. From the mechanical design, the piston area
and housing volume can be calculated. The suspension stiffness can be relatively easily
measured or calculated based on the design. The moving mass can also be measured
easily. This leaves the electromotive force constant, Bl , as the remaining unknown.
Once the model parameters have been determined, the compressor piston position,
and the resulting PV power due to this motion, can be predicted by measuring the voltage
and current waveforms delivered to the compressor and the compression space pressure.
This is an attractive development for compressors which are not or cannot be equipped
with piston position sensors. The accuracy of the model remains to be determined, but
the ability to monitor the compressor piston position without a dedicated sensor which
can leak provides significant motivation.


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OSCILLATORY COMPRESSIBLE FLOW AND HEAT TRANSFER IN POROUS MEDIA – APPLICATION TO CRYOCOOLER REGENERATORS

APPROVAL
Prateen V. Desai, Chairman, Mechanical Engineering S. Mostafa Ghiaasiaan, Mechanical Engineering Minami Yoda, Mechanical Engineering Carl S. Kirkconnell, Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems Jeffrey F. Morris, Chemical Engineering Date Submitted: November 25, 2003

I would like to thank my committee. Dr. And it is indeed the group of individuals whom have assisted me that have made this research so enjoyable and productive. Carl Kirkconnell was searching out an undergraduate student to perform this research for. Additional thanks must go to the Hughes and Raytheon Doctoral Fellowship Program and the Georgia Institute of Technology Presidential Scholarship for supporting me directly throughout this program. This research was performed due. Mostafa Ghiaasiaan quickly took an interest in the research after conversing with me and he now will lead the cryocooler research at Georgia Tech. David Mc Gorrin. special thanks to Mr. Mr. Of these individuals. in no small part. and I as a friend and advisor. Alberto Schroth. Desai as a dedicated professor. fortunately thought of me when Dr. my thesis advisor. Dr. Minami Yoda and Jeffrey Morris completed my team of advisors by providing breadth of knowledge in their fields. I hope that I can provide the same enthusiasm and energy that you have provided me. and now Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems. Hughes Aircraft Company. I have iii . Kenneth Price. Mr.ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS I have been blessed to have been involved in this research with so fine a group. Thomas Pollack. At Raytheon. at the time. Dr. Prateen Desai. William Croft. and Mr. Mr. Drs. to the research grants provided by Hughes Aircraft Company and Raytheon Company to the Georgia Tech Foundation. The Woodruff School and the Georgia Tech community have been so fortunate to have Dr. Kirkconnell deserves special thanks for being the catalyst for the research at Hughes Aircraft . At Georgia Tech. Beginning with those most directly involved in the research.

Mr. Robert Hon. Jeesung “Jeff” Cha. She has given me so much hope and now our new life begins. Matthieu Coutaudier. Mr. the next torch bearer. but so near my heart.been so fortunate to have several undergraduate and graduate students work with me in my lab. My wife Chrystine has been my rock during this undertaking. who I am so thankful is close. and to my wife’s family who I wish were close. my sister Janelle. and Mr. iv . I thank my whole family for their support and love. especially my parents who are so far away.

............................................................xx 1...........................................................1....... xiv Nomenclature..................2.....................................................................................................................x List of Tables ..........................4 1............................................................................. Theoretical Development.................1 History of Pulse Tube Cryocoolers .....1..........................................................................1 Conservation of Mass Equation ..................7 1..........................21 2...............................3 α-Phase Conservation of Energy Equation ...............................19 2.................................................1 1.......................................................................................................................4 β-Phase Conservation of Energy Equation .............................1 1.......................20 2..TABLE OF CONTENTS Approval ..................................................................................................................................................20 2...............2 Balance of Momentum Equations ........................................1 Governing Equations and Constitutive Relations...................3 Development of the Volume Averaging Technique ............................xv Summary ....2 Background.............16 2...............................................1.........................22 v ............................................1...............................4 1......................................19 2...............2............................................. xiv List of Tables .........................................2.....................................................................2 Survey of Efforts to Improve the Regenerator...................... ii Acknowledgements.........................................1 Introduction ................................................2................................................................................... Introduction and Background ......................................................................................................................................................................................... iii List of Figures .............................................4 Overview ..15 1.

..............1 Simplified Conservation of Mass Equation ..........2 Negligible Mechanical Dispersion .............3 Thermal Dispersion...........................34 2..................26 2...........2.....4 Volume-Averaged β-Phase Conservation of Energy Equation..25 2.......................................................................28 2.................29 2..25 2...........................8 Summary of Equations ..........3.........3...........................34 2.......4 Simplified Equations ................3.............................23 2....................31 2...2....2...............1...................37 vi ....6 One Dimensional Model on the Macroscopic Length Scale.................................32 2...........3...........................................1......................4............................3 Volume-Averaged α-Phase Conservation of Energy Equation .........................................2 Simplified Balance of Momentum Equation.............26 2..5 Equations of State .....................................28 2....................................23 2...............2.........................................27 2.............................3...........6 Volume-Averaged β-Phase Entropy Generation Equation ..............................................................2 Volume-Averaged Equations .......33 2.............3........2........35 2....................................29 2............................3 Simplifying Assumptions ........2................................36 2......................................................4.......................24 2..................................1 Volume-Averaged Conservation of Mass Equation .............7 β-Phase Entropy Generation Equation..6 α-Phase Entropy Generation Equation ........................................3 Simplified α-Phase Conservation of Energy Equation ....1.........................................................................1 Density Spatial Deviation ................................................5 Volume-Averaged α-Phase Entropy Generation Equation.......35 2..........................4....2 Volume-Averaged Balance of Momentum Equation......................4 Entropy Generation Due to Thermal Dispersion ..1...............................2..................22 2......5 Negligible Brinkman Effect .........

...........3 Quasi-Steady Convergence via Cyclic Time Relaxation .............................................................................................................................................4...................................4 Simplified β-Phase Conservation of Energy Equation .............60 3......62 3...2....61 3..........2 Balance of Momentum Equation Scale Analysis...................................................................................6 The Local Thermal Equilibrium Model (LTEM) .......................................................2 Spatial Discretization .............................................7 Dual Energy Equation Model (DEEM) ...............................63 3................ Computational Models...............................72 3.................................39 2...........50 2................5 Simplified α-Phase Entropy Generation Equation.......................62 3..................4 β-Phase Conservation of Energy Equation Scale Analysis........................6...........................4......................6 Limiting Cases ......................59 3....6 Scale Analysis ...44 2.................3 α-Phase Conservation of Energy Equation Scale Analysis ...................................................50 2...........1 Conservation of Mass Equation Scale Analysis..................70 3......................................6.6....6..........................5 Exact Solutions ...................54 2....................................52 2...5 The Constant Temperature Model (CTM)................2.................66 3................4......2 Numerical Method......................................................................1 Time Integration....................................................4 Boundary and Initial Conditions ...............................................................5 Scaled Equation Summary ............2......1 Problem Definition ....................7 Summary of Equations ............................................................60 3...........................6.........................49 2.............55 2......................................................................46 2............................................................37 2...........................................6....................4............................39 2....6 Simplified β-Phase Entropy Generation Equation ...74 vii ..............................................

....129 6..113 5.................1 Conclusions ......8 Model Verification .................................................125 6.............................................................................2 Experimental Results................................................ Results and Discussion ............75 4......1 Overview and Experimental Apparatus..................................................2 Contributions ..................129 6........................................................................122 5............................................................2...................................................3...........................114 5.....120 5..........2....................1 Volume Averaging Theory ...............................................1................................................................94 5.....................................................2 Transport Theorem .................131 6.........................118 5.................................1 Definitions.....6 Sage and REGEN Comparisons...................7 Permeability and Forchheimer Coefficient Predictions ..............3 Baseline Regenerator Solutions ....................................2... Experimental apparatus and measurements .106 5.......................................................1 Net Enthalpy Flowrate ...............................2 The Mean Temperature Profile ....................136 A1.......1....2 Model Comparison ...........4 First Law Results..........................................2............136 A1..................................................................................................110 5..................... Conclusions and Recommendations ...........................................138 viii .......132 Appendix 1 – Derivation of the Volume-Averaged Governing Equations.......2.......The Perfect Regenerator ...3 Future Work.........................................................................................................................................................................................................2...............110 5.........................................................................................................2...................................105 5.......................................................................84 4.....................1 Sage System Level Modeling .................84 4..........................................................................5 Second Law Results ............136 A1................................

..............A1..............1.............................................................................................................................2................2.......4 Volume-Averaged β-Phase Conservation of Energy Equation......................................140 A1...............................................................................................139 A1..........2 Volume-Averaged Balance of Momentum Equation.......................................140 A1.5 Volume-Averaged α-Phase Entropy Generation Equation...2.....................................................158 Bibliography ............2 The Mechanical System..............155 A3......3 The Electrical System ...........................2 Application to the Governing Equations ....................2.............146 A1....142 A1.....................154 A3......6 Volume-Averaged β-Phase Entropy Generation Equation ..........2.145 A1.......1 The electromechanical system.................3 Volume-Averaged α-Phase Conservation of Energy Equation ........1 Volume-Averaged Conservation of Mass Equation...................3 Spatial Averaging Theorem .....................................................2..........................138 A1..............147 A1........154 A3...............................................4 Modified Averaging Theorem.................162 ix ...........148 Appendix 2 – Derivation of Differentiation Operators Using MatLab....................................................149 Appendix 3 – Compressor Electro-Mechanical Modeling ....1........

.............................................. The α-phase is a Newtonian fluid and the β-phase is a solid............Comparison Diagram of the PTC and Stirling Cryocooler............ and the volume-averaged velocity................1 Figure 2 – A) Basic Pulse Tube Cryocooler and B) Orificed Pulse Tube Cryocooler .....................................................30 Figure 6 – Regenerator computational domain diagram....19 Figure 5 – Conceptual diagram illustrating the local velocity...................Experimental Apparatus.......60 Figure 7 – Test case solution results.....82 Figure 14 – Maximum pressure error 1............ velocity deviation.....................................................................81 Figure 13 – Maximum gas temperature error 8x10-6 K .....................Bypass Pulse Tube Cryocooler .......79 Figure 9 – Maximum density error 8x10-6 kg/m3 .....................................................................................2 Pa .......................................................82 Figure 15 ........78 Figure 8 – The net enthalpy flux satisfies the test case to within visual accuracy (0.........................................Thermohydraulic system of a typical porous media...............81 Figure 12 – Maximum matrix temperature error 6x10-6 K ........................................................ ..... .........................................................................................................5 Figure 3 .................................................................80 Figure 11 – Maximum energy error 2 kJ/m3 ................................................80 Figure 10 – Maximum mass flux error 1x10-5 kg/m2-s.......................................................85 x ........LIST OF FIGURES Figure 1 ......................2 mW deviation)....................6 Figure 4 ...................................................................................................................................

Main panel view...................................................................90 Figure 21 ...................95 Figure 28 ..........................................Oscillatory Pressure Drop ..............................99 Figure 30 .................... ........Foam Metal ..........................................................................Data acquisition and control program.. 0 W..... ........................85 Figure 17 – Experimental apparatus with complete instrumentation.............................................................. Pressure panel view............92 Figure 26 . .... .............Pressure Wave Phase Angle...............................................93 Figure 27 ..............................86 Figure 19 – Turbo vacuum pump station...................................... .Data acquisition and control program...Figure 16 – Regenerator/Pulse Tube expander module.......................108 xi .......................Load Curves .....................107 Figure 34 .............................Pressure Ratio Attenuation................ 400 mesh......System level energy flow diagram......................97 Figure 29 ...........................................................................................................87 Figure 20 ........90 Figure 22 ...........................................................................104 Figure 33 – Sage diagram of the laboratory pulse tube apparatus..................... Compressor panel view..........................................................Wire Mesh.... 76 K.........86 Figure 18 – Close-up view of the compressor..................................... Regenerator is the larger diameter section...............................91 Figure 24 .....................Perforated Disk.Data acquisition and control program...........................90 Figure 23 – Data acquisition system.......................Steady Flow Pressure Drop.............................................................................................................. .................................................................................101 Figure 32 – Sintered glass regenerator...92 Figure 25 .....100 Figure 31 ..............................

..... ......................... Pressure and mass flow phase shifts are apparent............................................................... Multiple curves represent different locations in the regenerator..) ..... .......119 Figure 44 – Entropy generation due to viscous and inertial losses (top)............................ Results for 400 mesh baseline case............... ........119 Figure 43 – Cycle-averaged energy flows.......117 Figure 40 – Temperature difference versus position (multiple lines) and time.................................................114 Figure 37 – Solutions plotted versus time and position.................... and entropy generation due to conduction and dispersion in the gas (bottom)....................................................................... The middle plots are max and min of density and velocity..............................................................112 Figure 36 – Comparison of mean temperature profiles calculated with the different models based on identical operating conditions......................................................................... Regenerator total energy flow is constant along regenerator.................................Figure 35 – Comparison of regenerator loss calculated with limiting case models based on identical operating conditions (ideal gas assumes constant properties........................................ ............116 Figure 39 – Cycle-averaged gas temperature (red) versus a linear profile (blue).......................................................118 Figure 42 – Cycle-averaged mass flow rate..........115 Figure 38 – Boundary solutions for the gas and matrix temperatures and enthalpy flow rates.......................................................................... plotted versus cycle time..118 Figure 41 – Mean Reynolds Number.........................120 xii ........

...............155 Figure 52 – Compressor piston free-body diagram (FBD).........................................................................................133 Figure 50 – Demonstration calculation for flow through wire mesh screens.........................................133 Figure 51 – Voice coil compressor schematic ...............158 xiii ......................... Visualization of pathlines.................................................................................... . Results for 400 mesh baseline case... Results for 400 mesh baseline case................................................Figure 45 – Entropy generation due to matrix conduction (top)......................123 Figure 48 – Friction factor comparison for 400 mesh screens.. Visualization of surface pressure... and entropy generation due to interfacial convection (bottom)........121 Figure 46 – Cycle-averaged volumetric entropy generation rates plotted versus position in the regenerator.....................................................121 Figure 47 – Comparison of Sage-predicted regenerator loss versus GT model................... .. ......Demonstration calculation for flow through wire mesh screens.................................128 Figure 49 ...156 Figure 53 – Leach’s lossy inductor voice coil model ...

..........................................126 Table 8 – Permeability and Forchheimer Coefficient (neglecting advective acceleration)...126 xiv .................................................................58 Table 2 ...................................96 Table 4 – 400 mesh baseline operating conditions ...............................................................................................109 Table 5 – Sage Comparison Summary.........LIST OF TABLES Table 1-Summary of scale analysis ................................................................88 Table 3 – Porous Media Parameter Summary (64)..........124 Table 6 – Permeability and Forchheimer Coefficient (compressible model) .126 Table 7 – Permeability and Forchheimer Coefficient (incompressible model)................................Descriptive Summary of the Regenerators under Study ...........................................................................................

C2 cp cv c ps .NOMENCLATURE Notation: α β aα Gas Phase Solid Phase Volume average of quantity a in the α phase α aα ˆ a r v Intrinsic volume average of quantity a in the α phase Spatial deviation of quantity a Vector of v Variables: Aαβ Af Area of the α − β interface (within the averaging-volume. gas and solid [m2] Surface area per unit volume [1/m] Thermal dispersion tensor closure variable Integration constants Gas constant pressure specific heat [J/kg-K] Gas constant volume specific heat [J/kg-K] A av ~ bα C1 . V) [m2] Flow area [m2] Total cross sectional area. cvs Specific heat scales [J/kg-K] xv .

in axial direction [m2] xvi h ~ I ~ K K . rank 2 Regenerator diameter [m] Differential surface area of Aαβ [m2] Gas total energy per unit volume [J/m3] Gas total energy temporal scale [J/m3] ~ D2 Dr dS E ~ E ~ E3 Mechanical dispersion tensor. rank 4 Convective heat transfer coefficient [W/m2-K] Enthalpy [J/kg] Enthalpy spatial scale [J/kg] Identity tensor Permeability tensor [m2] Permeability. e ~ F F F1 . frequency [Hz] eα . rank 3 Specific internal energy [J/kg] Forchheimer tensor Darcy-Forchheimer surface integral Source terms for exact solution Friction factor. F4 f ~ G4 H h Mechanical dispersion tensor. F3 .cf ~ Dα Forchheimer inertia coefficient Thermal dispersion tensor Mechanical dispersion tensor. F2 .

mc Nk Nu nα . mc & & mh . p p pb q g . qm R Re K St s′′′ .kα . m mh .α . k β Lr Conductivity [W/m-K] Regenerator length [m] Macroscopic length scale [m] Mass flux [kg/m2-s] Mass flux spatial and temporal scales [kg/m2-s] Hot and cold boundary mass flux amplitudes [kg/m2-s] Hot and cold boundary mass flow rates [kg/s] Axial conductivity enhancement Nusselt number Normal vector Reference Peclet number Gas pressure [Pa] Pressure spatial scale [Pa] System baseline pressure [Pa] Gas and matrix heat flux [W/m2] Gas constant. β gen gen sα . or radius of averaging volume [Pa-m3/kg-K] Reynolds number based on permeability length scale Reference Stanton number Volumetric entropy generation [W/m3-K] Entropy [J/kg-K] xvii Ls mα . m ~ m. s′′′ . s β . nβ Pe pα .

Tβ T Temperature [K] Temperature spatial scale [K] Temperature difference scale [K] Hot and cold boundary mean temperatures [K] Reference temperature. Tc To t ts r uα uα .Tα . φmc φα µα . u Vα . ρ Density [kg/m3] Density spatial and temporal scales [kg/m3] Solid heat capacity [J/K] Hot and cold boundary mass flux phase angles [rad] Viscous dissipation function Gas viscosity [m-s] xviii (ρc )β φmh .V & Wlost x Greek: ρα . ρ ~ ρ. for lost power [K] Time [s] Time scale [s] Velocity vector [m/s] Axial velocity [m/s] Volume (of the averaging-volume) [m3] Lost power [W] Axial location [m] ˆ T Th . µ .Vβ .

Γ2 ε1 . ε 2 γ xix .εα . ε ω τ Porosity Angular frequency [rad/s] Time period [s] Solid tortuosity Leading order dimensionless parameters Leading order dimensionless parameters Specific heat ratio τβ Γ1 . ε β .

Convection between the two phases is the dominant mode of heat transfer within the porous media. cryogenic flows such as that occurring in a regenerative cryogenic refrigerator such as a Pulse Tube Cryocooler (PTC. xx .) In a PTC the forced flow driven oscillations in the regenerator create Reynolds numbers high enough such that microscale inertial effects dominate the momentum equation. The coefficients that characterize the Forchheimer momentum equation are determined experimentally. Conduction within the solid and fluid phases is made evident by volume averaging. Heat transfer within a porous medium occurs due to temperature gradients in the gas and solid phases. This phenomenon.SUMMARY In this study the phenomena of compressible flow and heat transfer in porous media are modeled based on fundamental principles. but the determination of the conductivity coefficients requires numerical experiments and is unique to the geometry and conductivities of the two phases. known as the Forchheimer Effect. Unique to this analysis is the fact that the model is valid for oscillatory. The conservation equations for the two phases are transformed by the method of volume averaging which is an analytical method used to unite the microscale and macroscale effects characteristic to porous media flows. Determination of the convective heat transfer coefficient for a porous media requires physical experiments. can be predicted and modeled based solely on fundamental principles and the method of volume averaging.

These competing effects are united with the concept of entropy generation which relies on the second law of thermodynamics. These numerical solutions are compared with similar solutions existing in the literature. The uniqueness of this model is the completeness of the theoretical development and the flexibility of use for a variety of applications. xxi .Heat transfer due to temperature gradients and flow friction in the regenerator are always competing effects leading to a model which requires coupling of the momentum and energy equations. All real processes generate entropy. and the most efficient processes which balance flow friction and heat transfer generate minimum entropy. Numerical solutions are compared with experimental data for an operating cryocooler. The theoretical model is presented with a numerical solution technique.

INTRODUCTION AND BACKGROUND 1.1 Introduction Cryocoolers (refrigerators capable of cooling to temperatures below 120 K) have long been classified into two categories based on the type of heat exchange process: recuperative and regenerative (1).Comparison Diagram of the PTC and Stirling Cryocooler 1 . The Pulse Tube Cryocooler (PTC) and the Stirling Cryocooler are two examples of regenerative cryocoolers (Figure 1).CHAPTER 1 1. both operating on a Pulse Tube Cryocooler Qaftercooler Wcomp Aftercooler Compressor Wcomp Compressor Hregen Regenerator Hregen Regenerator Cold Heat Exchanger Qnet Hpt Orifice Pulse Tube Reject Heat Exchanger Surge Volume Qreject Pulse Tube Expander Stirling Cryocooler Qcompressor Qnet Wexpander Stirling Expander Figure 1 .

which cannot tolerate vibration. Instead. If the motion of the gas piston has the proper phase. The PTC is a unique type of regenerative cryocooler in that it does not have any moving parts in the cold region. This heat is rejected from the system in the reject heat exchanger. The pulse tube gas motion can be controlled such that there is a gas “piston” which acts like the Stirling piston. Vibration in the Stirling cooler caused by the displacer also presents problems for applications like sensitive infrared sensors. In the case of the PTC. orifice.modified Stirling thermodynamic cycle using helium as the working substance. This is distinctly different from the Stirling cryocooler that operates by an oscillating displacer directly in the cold region. thus producing refrigeration. If this work is sufficiently large. the PTC and Stirling cryocooler cycles are not steady flow processes. the active expander piston is replaced with a passive pulse tube. In the Stirling cooler. and surge volume. refrigeration is produced by driving the expander piston such that it receives mechanical work from the working fluid. Unlike the Stirling thermodynamic cycle. resulting in the potential for mechanical wear that increases mechanical complexity and can limit the life of the cooler. the heat exchanger can absorb heat from the surrounding. the gas flow oscillates in a quasi-steady fashion due to the motion of a compressor piston (and an additional expander piston in the Stirling cryocooler). Due to the absence of an expander piston in the cold region and the additional volume 2 . it accepts work from the cold heat exchanger and delivers this work to the reject heat exchanger where it is converted into heat.

This porous material is selected such that it has sufficient thermal heat capacity. or 0. The types of regenerators being studied in this work are typically found in Stirling and pulse tube cryocoolers. This results in a larger regenerator pressure drop. and other types of regenerative cryocooler applications. Minimizing parasitic heat loads is critical to achieving the design goals. or the cycleaveraged enthalpy flow at the cold end plus conduction losses in the gas and matrix. It is not unrealistic to have an enthalpy loss on the order of one Watt with a peak enthalpy flow rate of 1000 Watts. magnetic resonance imaging. high heat transfer coefficient.after the regenerator. One main system loss is the regenerator loss.1%. The regenerator is a duct packed with some porous material. and low flow friction. which is equal to the total gross refrigeration produced less internal parasitic losses in the cooler. and infrared focal plane 3 . the net refrigeration is the heat transfer rate from the cryogenic device being cooled. and may be quantified only via an accurate mathematical model. the pulse tube experiences much higher mass flow rates through the regenerator. These devices are typically used in applications which demand small net refrigeration (on the order of a few watts) at temperatures below 100 K. The designer of a cryocooler is chiefly concerned with achieving a specified net refrigeration at a given temperature with a minimum input power. In the design of a pulse tube cooler. Applications which require this type of refrigeration are superconducting electronics. The enthalpy loss is the most difficult quantity to estimate. These losses can be considerable. requiring an accurate prediction of the mass flow and temperature waveforms at the cold end. Regenerative cryocoolers are used in a variety of applications.

nondestructive evaluation using SQUIDs. and Shkrebyonock (4). The design of their pulse tube was essentially a tube with one end closed and the other end open (in addition to a compressor and heat exchangers. mine-sweeping magnets.2 Background The experimental apparatus used in this research is a Pulse Tube Cryocooler. outer space experiments and instruments.A). Gifford and Longsworth first detailed the construction of a pulse tube refrigerator (2. Tarasov. 4 .arrays. causing the open end to cool.) Both ends had heat exchangers. For this reason. The following discussion is a review of these efforts. A review of the efforts to improve regenerator performance includes studies of materials and geometry. The component being studied in the PTC is the regenerator. Not until 1984 was the modern pulse tube cryocooler developed by Mikulin. investigators have used experimental measurements and numerical modeling. and the open end was subjected to an oscillating pressure through a regenerator. 3). 1. it is necessary to provide a brief history of the PTC including efforts to improve the performance of the PTC. magnetocardiography using Superconducting Quantum Interference Devices (SQUIDs). To understand the regenerator. Several other applications include gas liquefaction of nitrogen. 1. and military weapon systems. This refrigerator is commonly known as the Basic Pulse Tube Cryocooler (BPTC) (Figure 2.2.1 History of Pulse Tube Cryocoolers In 1966.

This type of cryocooler is called a Bypass Pulse Tube Cryocooler (Figure 3). The drawback of this design is that the flow bypass can create a DC flow circulation if the system is not designed properly.B). A very small flow circulation can lead to a huge reduction in performance. Wcomp Wcomp Compressor Qcomp Surge Volume Compressor Qcomp Orifice Qreject Pulse Tube Regenerator Qreject Pulse Tube Regenerator Qrefrig (A) Qrefrig (B) Figure 2 – A) Basic Pulse Tube Cryocooler and B) Orificed Pulse Tube Cryocooler 5 . Other enhancements have been made such as porting the high-pressure gas from the outlet of the compressor to the warm end of the pulse tube which led to improved performance due to improved phase control.This cryocooler was equipped with an orifice and a surge volume on the warm end of the pulse tube. The effect of this enhancement was to create an advantageous phase difference between the oscillating pressure and velocity. This new design is commonly called the Orifice Pulse Tube Cryocooler (OPTC) (Figure 2.

three main areas of improvement are minimization of pulse tube flow losses.Wcomp Surge Volume Orifice Compressor Qcomp Qreject Pulse Tube Regenerator Qrefrig Figure 3 . both of which reduce the refrigeration possible with a pulse tube. orifice. The flow oscillations result in mass streaming and radial heat transfer. and improving regenerator effectiveness.Bypass Pulse Tube Cryocooler Developments in pulse tube technology have been occurring continuously up to the present. One recent improvement is the 6 . Reducing pulse tube flow losses begins by being able to completely model the oscillating flow in the pulse tube. the basic. several investigators discovered that a proper tapering of the pulse tube leads to a complete elimination of mass streaming (5). and bypass pulse tube all seek to manipulate the phase angle between the pressure and mass flow to an optimum angle at which the maximum refrigeration is produced. As already mentioned in the preceding. phase control. Recently. Currently.

Orders of magnitude decrease in thermal capacity of the material from 300 K to the cold temperature make different materials attractive in different areas of the regenerator. parameters will affect the regenerator performance. These efforts have been categorized into areas of materials and geometry. modeling. but also eliminates the possibility of flow circulations which can occur with the bypass design. 1.inertance tube (6). This has led to a development of exotic materials 7 Any change in these .2. and measurement. The basic problem focuses on increasing the heat transfer effectiveness between the gas and solid in the regenerator. These complications arise in factors such as variation of thermal properties over the huge temperature range of the regenerator. the solid properties appear to be a major contributor to the overall regenerator performance.2 Survey of Efforts to Improve the Regenerator Extensive efforts have been focused on improvement in regenerator technology since the development of regenerative cryocoolers. The inertance tube improves the orifice design by adding an inertance to the fluidic system. At temperatures below 20 K. This improvement not only increases the phase angle. solid properties. The heat transfer effectiveness is a function of fluid properties. and the flow geometry. Design of an optimum phase control device and reducing pulse tube losses will eventually make the pulse tube cryocooler more competitive than the Stirling cryocooler for most applications due to significantly lower cost and comparable efficiency. The problems with designing the optimum regenerator have interesting complications as the temperature of the cold end decreases.

2 from a regenerator with just Er3Ni. The materials used were gold wire. This alloy has been investigated by many as a regenerator material for Gifford-McMahon (G-M) and Stirling coolers operating below 10 K. Bradshaw. The significant result was that this particular alloying increased the ductility without significantly decreasing the specific heat of the alloy. Again.9Co0. et al. have used a slightly different erbium alloy (ErNi0. they found that the lead and Er3Ni performed the best. et al.9Co0.and processes so that the regenerator has sufficient thermal capacity in the cold region. Their main effort was to develop a process to generate this alloy. but these magnetic alloys are brittle at cryogenic temperatures.2 W cooling capacity. and these materials were also found to have the highest specific heat at that temperature. at Ames Laboratory have investigated titanium alloying of a popular erbium alloy. 4. have replaced 8 . Er3Ni (7). et al. Er3Ni and stainless steel mesh.2 K G-M cooler with 12 kW compressor input (10). Several erbium alloys have been tested. also at Ames Laboratory have suggested Er6Ni2Sn alloy for the first stage of a G-M cooler (8). Their conclusion was that the combination of ErNi0. the brittle properties of this alloy have limited its use.1 has a dramatic increase in specific heat around 6 K of approximately 1 J/K-cm3 in contrast to 0. et al. The ErNi0. Gshneidner. The results showed that practical issues such as particle escape from the regenerator and settling will prevent this alloy from being used in the near future.9Co0. have performed experiments using a variety of different materials in several combinations to study their effects in a two stage Stirling cooler operating in the 15 K range (9). et al. Takashi. At the lowest operating temperatures. Chafe. lead wire.1) along with Er3Ni in a large 2. Pecharsky.4 J/K-cm3 for Er3Ni.1 and Er3Ni increased the cooling capacity by a factor of 1.

Since pressure drop and heat transfer are coupled.e. Organ in Thermodynamics and Gas Dynamics of the Stirling Cycle Machine states this argument repeatedly (16). As a result. in terms of a friction factor. Nre. it is common practice to 'improve' matters by arbitrarily adjusting the correlations. incompressible viscous flow in pipes. Measurements of steady pressure drop and correlating these However.. a certain amount of pressure drop is required to achieve effective regeneration. 9 . Exercises in validation have been reported1-3 which called for Cf at given Nre to be multiplied by factors between 4 and 7. There is something less than satisfactory about the way in which Stirling machine analysis handles flow within the regenerator: (1) The flow case is treated by the method traditional for steady. 14). many measurements to friction factors have been investigated by many. investigators put too much confidence in the importance of steady flow friction factors (12. two-dimensional (or axi-symmetric). They have also taken advantage of a perforated plate geometry that reduces pressure drop in comparison to spheres. When analysis and computer simulation based on such correlations yield pressure distributions which do not tally with measurement from running machines.lead balls with Neodymium plates and balls in the second stage of a 10 K G-M cooler application to utilize the higher heat capacity at the low temperatures (11). they were able to progress from 8 K down to 4 K under similar operating conditions. The correlations given by Kays and London. The technique is part of a process which has become known as 'validation'. do not correlate well for oscillatory flow pressure drop and heat transfer due to additional effects such as enhanced dispersion due to the oscillations (15). for example. 13. Efforts to minimize the pressure drop while still having adequate heat transfer have been reported in the literature. i. The geometry of the pores in the regenerator matrix determine the pressure drop within the regenerator. Cf. correlated with geometry and Reynolds number.

This type of argument shows that there are effects other than the inertial. At the same time. inertial. Organ develops the concept of the regenerator flow impedance. This indicates that there are local accelerations within the fluid even for unidirectional. which is based on a linear wave model (22). usage and interpretation of the steadyflow correlations has been parochial. An enquiry into the role of unsteadiness is certainly called for. 19. This requires that experimental data be used as 10 . Organ claims that the pressure drop is a result of independent viscous. 17. It will be seen in later Chapters that steady flow measurements can be used effectively to predict friction factors which are accurate for steady flow and oscillating flow. having in most instances looked no further than the incompressible-flow cases documented by Kays and London.(2) The discrepancy between experimental measurement and theoretical prediction has come to be attributed to the fact that steady-flow correlations do not take into account the unsteady effects which arise from the cyclic nature of the flow processes in the Stirling machine. In a separate reference. 21). The research being conducted by Roberts and Desai (23) are motivated by the concerns voiced by Organ. The compressible nature of the gas flowing through the regenerator matrix leads to a non-constant pressure gradient. and compressibility effects. but there is still a gap between their measurements and the physical phenomena occurring within the regenerator (16. 18. Organ makes a clear argument that the 'steady' flow through the porous media is not a true description due to inherent oscillatory fluctuations at the natural frequency of the pore structure. ½ρu2. 'steady' flow. This concept provides a method to better explain the physical phenomena in the regenerator. 20.4 Some investigators have made the realization that steady flow friction factor correlations are not adequate. effect which is the conventional basis for correlating friction factor with Reynolds number.

Watson used an exact solution for incompressible flow in a tube to show how diffusion can be enhanced (24). Siegel attributes the axial transport to the transverse conduction which occurs between adjacent fluid layers. the results are interesting since he has focused explicitly on porous media flows. 28). 26). the flow oscillations produce a positive net energy transport from the cold end to the warm end of a channel. Zhang. In this analysis. Kaviany has investigated the effect of oscillatory flows on heat exchangers composed of tube bundles (27. Preliminary results indicate that their method overpredicts the performance based on experimental results. Theoretical modeling of the regenerator and general porous media flows have been conducted by many.boundary conditions for a differential model rather than a lumped model which is typically used. et al. Kaviany solves for the wall temperature directly. Kaviany considers the case of enhanced heat diffusion between two reservoirs due to the oscillations. have applied the method of characteristics to solve the 1-D pulse tube governing equations (29). Although the flow in the regenerator is not incompressible. Siegel’s analysis applied this directly to the problem of the regenerator (25. For zero net flow. and can be found under a variety of headings. 11 . The solutions obtained are exact solutions for the velocity and temperatures. While Watson was not interested in the regenerator problem. His analysis is an important extension of Watson’s work since he considers the coupled problem of the gas and the wall energy. While Watson assumes zero wall heat flux. Two authors have made direct extensions of Watson’s initial investigation. his research illustrates the basic phenomenon which occurs in the regenerator and the pulse tube.

At large pressure ratios. The fully nonlinear model ultimately requires a numerical approximation rather than the analytical solution which he obtains. the instantaneous heat flux in a compression cylinder is observed to be out of phase with the bulk temperature difference. the linearity assumption is no longer valid.The concept of a complex Nusselt number is developed by Kornhauser and Smith (30). it is expected that the imaginary component of the regenerator Nusselt number would be quite small for typical frequencies used in Stirling and PTC cooler. This requires measurement of the real and imaginary component of the Nusselt number. They find that a complex formulation of Newton’s law of cooling is applicable. While the approximate solution that he obtains is interesting. The hydraulic diameter of the regenerator can be 5 to 6 orders of magnitude below that of the compression space used. 12 . In this study. The critical oscillation frequency increases proportional to the inverse of the square of the hydraulic diameter. Bauwens has proposed a 2-D model for the pulse tube and regenerator that can be approximated only for small fluctuations using perturbation methods (31). which is used to define an oscillating Peclet number. Thus. but the authors allude to the fact that this can be extended to the compression and flow process occurring in the regenerator. These studies were conducted in a compression cylinder. requiring a fully nonlinear model. the model could yields invalid results for a pulse tube cooler due to relatively large pressure oscillations. This indicates that the traditional Newton’s law of cooling does not hold for oscillating flow above a critical oscillation frequency.

and has been used to study the effects of regenerator geometry by Kuriyama. As a result. (35). velocity. The velocity field is found using an explicit equation derived from the continuity equation assuming zero pressure gradient.2 (34) has been developed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology. This model has been described in a separate publication by Kashani and Roach (33). gas temperature. The mathematical model proposed by REGEN involves solving a system of equations for the density. It does not appear that they have provided any experimental comparison. 13 . This leads to a non-conservative model. et al. The method has been incorporated into a program called ARCOPTR. the velocity and density are essentially determined from a single equation. Their results indicate that the velocity and pressure fluctuations do not depend on the thermal interaction between the gas and solid. also propose a perturbation solution to the regenerator problem (32).Roach. and matrix temperature. This model assumes that the pressure in the regenerator is uniform and oscillates in time. A finite difference program called REGEN3. the higher flow rates found in pulse tube regenerators lead to inaccuracies in the REGEN model. The pressure phase shift across an optimally designed Stirling regenerator is typically small compared to a pulse tube regenerator. This allows solving for the velocity and pressure and then using those solutions to solve for the temperature. The effect of the pressure gradient is included as a correction. Conversely. This leads to a smaller pressure gradient in the Stirling regenerator. et al. the thermal interaction does depend on the velocity and pressure fluctuation. While the negligible pressure gradient assumption may be accurate for some cases such as Stirling regenerators.

Currently. Although this model appears complete. Their results are well matched to numerical predictions. it has been found to be a valuable tool for the cryocooler designer because of the built-in optimization tool. Additionally. This method utilizes small thermocouples whose responses are compensated to correct for attenuation and lag. were concerned with the accuracy of assumptions and numerical methods in Sage (37). Yuan and Dybbs have developed a method to measure both the gas and solid temperature fluctuations in the regenerator of a Stirling engine (38). Measurements within the regenerator matrix are inherently difficult due to the small geometry of the pores. Apparently. Rawlins. the numerical scheme employed by Sage involves approximating the solutions using Fourier series. et al. 40). High frequency response sensors must be used to accurately resolve the oscillating temperatures and velocities. Several individuals have made some interesting and important measurements on the regenerator and pulse tube. Oscillatory velocities and temperatures have been measured at both the warm and cold ends of the 14 . While this model may have some inaccuracies. the most comprehensive model for cryocooler systems is Sage (36). then the Sage model will be limited in accuracy. have used hotwire anemometer probes in key locations in a pulse tube cooler (39. If the actual solution cannot be accurately described using 6 time nodes. the pulse tube correlations lack accuracy for small pulse tube. The solution is found such that the equations are satisfied at as few as 6 time nodes in the cycle. Further inaccuracies can be attributed to a non conservative spatial discretization method based on first order control volumes. Harvey. This model provides the user the ability to model the entire cryocooler and carry out optimization studies. et al.

Installing the probes in a high pressure leak free fitting was also a feat. In fact. the volume averaging technique provides a formal framework for improving the science of porous media. especially in the cold region. All of the current regenerator models in the open literature. Hassanizadeh and Gray point out that there are at least three methodologies for describing the flow and heat transfer in multiphase systems. temperature. the instantaneous energy and entropy flows in the pulse tube. and mass flow rates. 1. Typical measurements in wind tunnels have only small temperature fluctuations about the ambient. While these methodologies have led to some of the original models. such as REGEN and Sage. are certainly not hospitable to making hot-wire measurements. The efforts to make these measurements are remarkable since the conditions. these measurements are some of the most sophisticated measurements made with hot-wires.3 Development of the Volume Averaging Technique The volume averaging technique is an analytical tool for describing the flow and heat transfer in a porous media. such as the Darcy model. some of which rely mainly on intuition and empirical observations (41). catalytic reactors. Direct measurement of the flows in the cryocooler provides very valuable data for validating an numerical model. and fluidized beds to mention a few. This technique has found extensive uses in ground water and pollution transport science. petroleum reservoir modeling.pulse tube and regenerator. These measurements allowed them to calculate from pressure. These measurements were performed at temperatures below 90 K with fluctuations of 5 K. rely on the 15 .2.

The microscale equations are then transformed into a set of macroscale governing equations 16 . compressible. conduction in multi-phase systems. diffusion and dispersion in a reactor. Thus. Whitaker’s studies have mainly focused on incompressible flow. local numerical studies and experimental validations to investigate the validity of volume averaging closure conditions (42). the abundance of assumptions and modeling techniques for regenerators creates the need for a systematic study of the phenomenon based on fundamental conservation principles.intuitive and empirical knowledge of the flow in the regenerator without any application of the volume averaging technique. Use of the volume averaging in this dissertation is applied to a problem which is highly compressible due mainly to the large pressure oscillations and the large temperature gradient across the regenerator. This dissertation describes the derivation of the macroscopic equations which govern the regenerator problem. but he has briefly talked about the case of slightly compressible flow (43).4 Overview To this end. real fluid. As a result.2. These equations are derived from the local governing equations for a generalized. Whitaker has been fundamental in the development of the volume averaging technique and it application to a variety of problems. 1. these models fall short of describing in an exact fashion the flow and heat transfer in the regenerator. development of conditions for nonhomogeneous porous media. These equations are referred to as local equations since they describe the flow of the fluid within the pores. they are also referred to as the microscale equations.

The chapter concludes with a presentation of a set of illustrative exact solutions and scale analysis. Closure relationships for friction. heat transfer. and dispersion are then developed to reduce the equation set to a tractable problem definition. the governing equations describe the macroscopic flow behavior in addition to the effect that the microscale flow has on the macroscopic flow. Chapter 3 details the development of a series of computational models. The limiting models which were developed in Chapter 3 are 17 . The numerical results of the detailed regenerator model are presented and compared with the system level model. Chapter 4 details the development of the experimental apparatus and data. Of significant importance is the development of the artificial convergence technique which allows the problem to be converged rapidly. The numerical method used to solve these models is the Method of Lines. Chapter 2 begins by summarizing the microscopic and macroscopic governing equations as developed in Appendix 1. The chapter concludes with the development and results of an exact solution verification. A system level model is discussed which allows the regenerator boundary conditions to be estimated. In this form. Results and discussion are included in Chapter 5.using volume-averaging. The theory and details of the generalized volume-averaging technique is included in Appendix 1. Assumptions are then developed and discussed which allow the governing equations to be simplified. Several models are developed which can be used to study several limiting assumptions such as constant temperature and local thermal equilibrium. Regenerator steady flow data and system level cryocooler performance data is summarized and discussed.

compared with the full regenerator model. Future research topics are motivated and discussed. including the system level model. This friction factor is compared with friction factors measured in oscillating flow yielding excellent agreement. 18 . Steady flow pressure drop data is used to predict friction factors using a compressible flow exact solution to the governing equations. is provided for the baseline regenerator. The important results are summarized. Chapter 6 concludes this dissertation. A comparison of two regenerator models from the literature.

THEORETICAL DEVELOPMENT 2. The governing equations are derived in any fluid mechanics text and are repeated here. The fluid phase is assumed to behave as a linearly viscous fluid. there is a solid and a fluid phase. The α-phase is a Newtonian fluid and the β-phase is a solid.1 Governing Equations and Constitutive Relations The development of a theoretical model for flow and heat transfer in a generalized porous medium begins with a set of governing equations and constitutive relations for the thermohydraulic system illustrated in Figure 4. The fluid flow is assumed to be compressible. The solid phase is assumed to be stationary and rigid with known thermal properties which are functions of temperature. or another combination of state properties. In this system.Thermohydraulic system of a typical porous media.CHAPTER 2 2. • xα nα α β • xβ Averaging volume. 19 . and the fluid properties are known functions of temperature and pressure. V Figure 4 .

This equation is a vector equation with three components corresponding to the three components of velocity.1. The balance of momentum equation produces 1 additional unknown. This equation is a scalar equation with 4 unknowns. ∂t 3 (2-2) where µα is the gas viscosity coefficient. and pα is the mechanical pressure.1. the fluid pressure. The viscosity is a material property and is thus known from experimental data. 2. the fluid density and three components of the fluid velocity. ∂t (2-1) r where ρα is the gas density and uα is the gas velocity vector. 20 .2.2 Balance of Momentum Equations The differential statement of the balance of momentum for a Newtonian fluid with no body forces (in strong conservation form) is r r r r r ∂ (ρα uα ) + ∇ ⋅ (ρα uα uα ) + ∇pα − 1 ∇(µα ∇ ⋅ uα ) − ∇ ⋅ (µα ∇uα ) = 0.1 Conservation of Mass Equation The differential statement of mass conservation for the α-phase (in strong conservation form) is r ∂ρα + ∇ ⋅ (ρα uα ) = 0.

the gradient of the enthalpy flow includes viscous dissipation. eα. 21 . although it is not immediately obvious. It can then be shown that r uα ⋅ ∇pα = − µα φα where φα is the viscous dissipation function defined as (2-6) φα = − r r r r r r r 2 (∇ ⋅ uα )2 + 1 ∇uα : ∇uα + 2∇uα : (∇uα )T + (∇uα : ∇uα )T .2.3 α-Phase Conservation of Energy Equation The differential statement of the conservation of energy for a Newtonian fluid in terms of the gas specific internal energy. In this form. Expanding this term gives r r r ∇ ⋅ (ρα uα hα ) = ∇ ⋅ (ρα uα eα + pα uα ) r r r = ∇ ⋅ (ρα uα eα ) + pα ∇ ⋅ uα + uα ⋅ ∇pα . (2-4) It should be noted that Equation 2-3 is in strong conservation form. This is the preferred form for the conservation equations.1. and the superscript “T” denoted the tensor transpose. 3 2 ( ) (2-7) The double dot notation represents the scalar product of two tensors. is r ∂ (ρα eα ) + ∇ ⋅ (ρα uα hα − kα ∇Tα ) = 0. (2-5) Using Equation (2-2). the pressure gradient can be eliminated by solving in terms of the viscous and acceleration terms. ∂t where hα is the gas enthalpy defined as hα = eα + (2-3) ρα pα .

eα ) and Tα = f 2 (ρα . Both energy equations are scalar equations introducing an additional 3 unknowns.1. eα ). and the fluid internal energy. ∂t (2-8) where (ρc)β is the solid heat capacity per unit volume.5 Equations of State Thus far.4 β-Phase Conservation of Energy Equation For the β-phase. requiring two additional equations to close the problem. Ideal gas equations or real gas equations can be used. (2-10) (2-9) The particular equations of state are arbitrary. 22 . the conservation of energy equation is written as (ρc )β ∂Tβ − ∇ ⋅ (k β ∇Tβ ) = 0. and do not effect the form of the governing equations. These equations are the gas and caloric equations of state which can be generally expressed as pα = f1 (ρα . 2. the fluid and solid temperatures.2.1. the system of equations consists of six equations for eight unknowns.

The entropy.α represents the gas volumetric rate of entropy generation. is gen a thermodynamic property which is fundamental to optimizing any thermodynamic process. the entropy generation equation is written as s′′′ . gas-to-matrix convective heat transfer through a finite film temperature difference. 23 . The inequality indicates that the entropy generation is always positive except for totally reversible processes. β = gen ∂ (ρ β sβ ) ∂t r  qβ  +∇⋅   Tβ   ≥ 0. It will be shown later that the entropy generation for the case of a porous media can be represented by three effects. sα.   (2-12) The entropy generation in the solid phase is caused by local conduction due to molecular diffusion and gas-to-matrix convective heat transfer through a finite film temperature difference.2.1.7 β-Phase Entropy Generation Equation For the β-phase.1. 2. and flow losses due to viscous and inertial effects. it is zero. local conduction due to molecular diffusion and dispersion. in which case.6 α-Phase Entropy Generation Equation The differential statement of the second law of thermodynamics is given as s′′′ .α gen r  qα r ∂ (ρα sα ) = + ∇ ⋅ (ρα sα uα ) + ∇ ⋅  T ∂t  α  ≥0   (2-11) where s′′′ .

gas and matrix entropy generation.8 Summary of Equations The system of equations represents 8 equations and 8 unknowns. Repeated here is this system of equations.α gen ∂Tβ ∂t − ∇ ⋅ (k β ∇Tβ ) = 0  ≥0   (2-16) r  qα r ∂ (ρα sα ) = + ∇ ⋅ (ρα sα uα ) + ∇ ⋅  T ∂t  α (2-17) s′′′ . and gas pressure. The flow geometry is far too complicated to allow for a direct application of these equations for any large scale porous system such as the regenerator.1. non-volume averaged gas density. matrix temperature. The unknowns are the local. gas temperature. 24 . instantaneous. These equations represent the microscale flow in the porous media.   (2-18) (2-19) (2-20) pα = f1 (ρα . gas velocity. eα ) Tα = f 2 (ρα .2. eα ). gas internal energy. ∂ρα r + ∇ ⋅ (ρα uα ) = 0 ∂t r r r r r ∂ (ρα uα ) + ∇ ⋅ (ρα uα uα ) + ∇pα − 1 ∇(µα ∇ ⋅ uα ) − ∇ ⋅ (µα ∇uα ) = 0 ∂t 3 ∂ (ρα eα ) r + ∇ ⋅ (ρα uα hα − kα ∇Tα ) = 0 ∂t (2-13) (2-14) (2-15) (ρc )β s′′′ . β = gen ∂ (ρ β sβ ) ∂t r  qβ + ∇⋅ T  β   ≥ 0.

2. 25 .The flow is best analyzed in terms of volume-averaged quantities. (2-21) where ε α is the gas phase volume fraction. or porosity as defined in Appendix 1. The derivation of the volume-averaged governing equations is the topic of Section 2. The “hat” notation indicates a spatial deviation quantity.1 Volume-Averaged Conservation of Mass Equation The volume average of Equation (2-13) is ∂ ρα ∂t α + ∇ ⋅ ρα ( α r uα α )+ ε1 ∇ ⋅ ρˆ urˆ α α α = 0. This term will be addressed later.2. The resulting equations are repeated here.2. The notation indicates a volume average which is also defined in Appendix 1. The volume averaging results in an additional term to the standard continuity equation representing mass dispersion. 2.2 Volume-Averaged Equations The details of the volume averaging method are included as Appendix 1 in this document.

the volume averaging has produced many additional terms which will be address in the following pages. 26 . The terms of the original energy equation have survived.2.3 Volume-Averaged α-Phase Conservation of Energy Equation The volume average of Equation (2-15) is ∂ ρα 1 Vα 1 ( α eα α ∂t − + )+ ∇⋅( ρ α α α r uα α hα α )− ∇ ⋅ k  ∇ T   α α α + 1 Vα ∫ Aαβ ∫ Aαβ nα ⋅ kα ∇Tα dS + εα ∇ ⋅ ρα ( r ˆ ˆ uα hα ) ˆ ˆ r 1 ∂ ρα eα 1 α ˆ ˆ + ∇ ⋅ ρα uα hα εα εα ∂t r r 1 1 α ˆ ˆ ˆ ˆ ˆ + ∇ ⋅ ρα uα hα + ∇ ⋅ ρα uα hα = 0. except these terms are now in the form of volume-averaged quantities.2.2. εα ( ( ) ε )  ˆ  nα Tα dS    (2-23) α Again. 2. The volume averaging has produced multiple terms which need to be eventually represented as functions of the volume-averaged variables or eliminated justifiably.2 Volume-Averaged Balance of Momentum Equation The volume average of Equation (2-14) is ∂ α r α α r α r α ρα uα + ∇ ⋅ ρα uα uα + ∇ pα ∂t r  r   ~ 1 µ ˆ ˆ ˆ + ∫ nα ⋅  I  pα − α ∇ ⋅ uα  − µα ∇uα  dS Aαβ 3 Vα     r 1 ∂ 1 ˆ ˆ + ρα uα + ∇ ⋅ ρα ε α ∂t εα + 1 ( ) ( ) α r 1 − ∇ µα ∇ ⋅ uα 3 ( α )− ∇ ⋅ (µ ∇ ur ) α α α ( α r r r 1 ˆ ˆ uα uα + ∇ ⋅ uα ) εα r r ˆ ˆ ∇ ⋅ ρα uα uα ( α )+ ε1 ∇ ⋅ ρˆ urˆ urˆ α εα ( α r ˆ ˆ ρα uα ) (2-22) α α α = 0.

2. Later it will be shown that the surface integrals.2. are coupled via surface conduction heat transfer terms in the form of surface integrals over the α-β interface area. (2-26) represent the convection between the two phases.4 Volume-Averaged β-Phase Conservation of Energy Equation The volume average of Equation (2-16) is (ρc )β 1 − Vβ ∂ Tβ ∂t β   − ∇ ⋅ k β  ∇ Tβ     β + 1 Vβ ∫  ˆ nβ Tβ dS   Aαβ  (2-24) ∫ Aαβ nβ ⋅ k β ∇Tβ dS = 0. Note that that the two energy equations. − 1 Vα ∫ Aαβ nα ⋅ kα ∇Tα dS (2-25) and − 1 Vβ ∫ Aαβ nβ ⋅ k β ∇Tβ dS . 27 . (2-23) and (2-24).

6 Volume-Averaged β-Phase Entropy Generation Equation The volume average of Equation (2-18) is s′′′.5 Volume-Averaged α-Phase Entropy Generation Equation The volume averaging of Equation (2-17) is ′ sα′′.2.2. (2-28) As with the energy equations. 28 . − 1 Vα ∫ Aαβ nα ⋅ kα ∇Tα dS Tα (2-29) and − 1 Vβ ∫ Aαβ nβ ⋅ k β ∇Tβ Tβ dS . (2-30) as well as entropy generation due to molecular diffusion.2. gen β β = ρβ ∂ sβ ∂t β −  ∇Tβ ∇ ⋅ k β εβ Tβ   1  1 −  Vβ  ∫ Aαβ nβ ⋅ k β ∇Tβ Tβ dS . gen α = ∂ ρα ( α sα α α + ∇ ⋅ ρα + − 1 ( ∂t sα ) + 1 ∂ ρˆ sˆ εα ∂t α α α r uα α α εα 1 r ˆ ˆ ∇ ⋅ ρα uα sα ( )+ ε )+ ε1 ∇ ⋅ ( ρˆ sˆ α α α r uα α )+ ε1 ∇ ⋅ ( ρ α α α r ˆ ˆ sα uα ) (2-27) 1 α r ˆ ˆ ˆ ∇ ⋅ ρα sα uα  ∇Tα  1 ∇ ⋅ kα − Tα  Vα εα    ∫ Aαβ nα ⋅ kα ∇Tα dS Tα 2. the entropy generation equations now contain terms which will be shown later to represent entropy generation due to solid-to-gas convection through a film temperature difference.

Properties are assumed to vary with the intrinsic-averaged state variables. 3) The fluid phase satisfies the no-slip condition on the fluid-solid interface. uα ~ uα 29 α . the assumptions are: 1) The solid phase is stationary and non-deforming.−  ∇Tα ∇ ⋅ kα εα Tα   1     (2-31) and −  ∇Tβ ∇ ⋅ k β εβ Tβ   1  . 2) The porosity is constant. such as conductivity and viscosity. can be treated as locally constant with respect to the averaging volume.   (2-32) 2.3 Simplifying Assumptions At this point in the development of the volume-averaged equations. To facilitate the equations to be in a tractable form. 2.) This results in an r r ˆ order of magnitude estimate for the velocity deviation. 4) Fluid and solid properties.1 Density Spatial Deviation The pore scale velocity varies across the cross section of a pore due to the no-slip Dirichlet boundary condition at the fluid-solid surface (see Figure 5. .3. all terms containing deviation quantities must be expressed as functions of the averaged variables.

consequence of this assumption is The ρα = ρα α ˆ + ρα ≅ ρα . the density deviation is small compared to the volume-averaged density (43). t ) α β Figure 5 – Conceptual diagram illustrating the local velocity. { negligible α (2-33) The consequences of this assumption can be illustrated by considering the volume average of the ideal gas law which gives 30 . Since density does not satisfy a Dirichlet boundary condition at the fluid-solid interface.r r ˆ uα (x. velocity deviation. and the volume-averaged velocity. t ) r uα α r (x . t ) r r ˆ uα ~ uα α rr u ( x.

negligibly small in comparison to the surface integral which represents the Darcy and Forchheimer effects. Whitaker (45) shows by scale analysis that the dispersion term for such flows is.3. This assumption will effectively eliminate a large number of terms in the volume-averaged equations. (2-34) Neglecting the density deviation eliminates the last term in Equation (2-34). They propose that this term can be expressed as r r ~ r ˆ ˆ uα uα = D2 uα α ~ r = E3 ⋅ uα α ~ r + G4 : uα α r uα α (2-36) where the numerical subscripts represent the rank of the tensors. in general. this analysis will neglect the mechanical dispersion terms. Thus. (2-35) Gray and O’Neill (44) identify the mechanical dispersion term appearing in the momentum equation.2 Negligible Mechanical Dispersion The mechanical dispersion term appearing in the momentum and energy equations is ∇ ⋅ ρα ( α r r ˆ ˆ uα uα ). 31 . This conclusion is true for ideal or real gases.pα α = R ρα α Tα α + R εα ˆ ˆ ρα Tα . 2. even though the temperature deviation is not negligible.

2. Whitaker suggests that these terms reduce to  ~ 1 − ∇ ⋅ ε α kα  Ι + V   ∫ ~  nα bα dS ∇ Tα Aαβ  α   − ∇ ⋅ ε α ρα  ( α ~ Dα ⋅ ∇ hα α ) (2-38) ~ where the dispersion tensor is Dα . ~ The closure variable.eff ∇ Tα ( α + ε α ρα α ~ Dα ⋅ ∇ hα α ) (2-40) which can be simplified assuming ∇ hα α = c p .eff + ρα [ ( α ~ c p . (2-37) This term can be at least an order of magnitude larger than the molecular diffusion term.α ∇ Tα α (2-41) to − ∇ ⋅ ε α kα .3 Thermal Dispersion The thermal dispersion term in the fluid energy equation is ∇ ⋅ ρα ( α r ˆ ˆ uα hα ). 32 (2-42) .  (2-39) Equation (2-38) can then be written as − ∇ ⋅ ε α kα .eff = kα  Ι + V  ∫ Aαβ ~  nα bα dS  . Whitaker shows in an analogous fashion. The effective conductivity is then defined as ~ 1 kα . Taking the molecular diffusion term and the dispersion term together.α Dα ⋅ ∇ Tα ) α ].3. that this dispersion is diffusive at the macroscopic scale and the dispersion coefficient is proportional to the Peclet number (42). must be solved for numerically. bα .

empirical predictions (42). They reduce similarly to N k ∇T − ∇ ⋅ k α α α  Tα  α  .4 Entropy Generation Due to Thermal Dispersion It was shown that the terms in the gas energy equation representing molecular diffusion and dispersion. respectively.Gedeon also recognizes this Peclet dependence (36).  Aαβ   (2-44) reduce to − ∇ ⋅ N k kα ∇ Tα ( α ). He suggests that kα . This functional form for the dispersion agrees with other 2. 1 ∇ ⋅ ρα εα ( α   r ˆ ˆ uα hα − ∇ ⋅ kα  ∇ Tα     ) α + 1 Vα ∫  ˆ  nα Tα dS  .   (2-45) represent entropy generation due to dispersion and molecular diffusion. 1 ∇ ⋅ ρα εα ( α  r ∇Tα 1 ˆ ˆ sα uα − ∇ ⋅ kα εα Tα   )  . The same terms in the gas entropy generation equation. He calls this phenomenon axialconductivity enhancement.eff + ρα α c p .α Dα .   33 . which is an essential definition of thermal dispersion. xx = kα (c1 + c2 Re m Pr n ) = N k kα (2-43) and he reports coefficients for several matrices of interest for regenerators such as wire mesh screens and felts.3.

For a 2-D axisymmetric flow. The solid wall that contains the regenerator matrix has minimal effect on the macroscopic flow field. It is reasonable to conclude that the wall will have minimal effect on the macroscopic flow in the axial direction.6 One Dimensional Model on the Macroscopic Length Scale It is improper to impose a no-slip boundary condition on the macroscopic problem of a porous medium bounded by a solid surface. Typically the flow passages at the ends of the regenerator are designed with a contraction in diameter in an effort to minimize dead volume. yielding a spatially first order momentum equation. Both of these effects are related to surface area. For an averaging volume containing the wall. The wall can only satisfy a no-slip boundary condition for the microscopic flow problem.2. 2. This will lead to flow jetting at the ends of the regenerator necessitating the need for a 2D model. and this is an area of 34 . the wall boundary condition is simply zero normal velocity.3. The Brinkman effect will be neglected in this analysis. The microscale flow is affected by viscous shear and interfacial heat transfer. It is not clear how this flow jetting will affect the regenerator performance.5 Negligible Brinkman Effect The Brinkman effect is represented by the term r 1 ∇ µα ∇ ⋅ uα 3 ( α )+ ∇ ⋅ (µ ∇ ur ) α α α (2-46) and is generally negligible in comparison to the Darcy and Forchheimer effects (45). which reduces to zero radial velocity for a cylindrical regenerator. the ratio of the wall surface area to the matrix surface area will be quite small.3.

48). The regenerator is bounded on the ends by a homogeneous fluid in which the differential continuum equations are valid. These conditions lead to additional parameters which need to be measured experimentally. ∂t ∂x (2-47) where the volume averaging notation has been dropped where appropriate. In this situation. there is no driving force to create anything other than a one dimensional macroscopic flow field. Several additional terms remain which need to be represented in terms of volume averaged quantities. These relations are developed in the following discussion. This is the standard one dimensional continuity equation in terms of volume-averaged quantities.ongoing research. The transitional region between the homogeneous fluid and homogeneous porous medium has been analyzed by Ochoa-Tapia and Whitaker (46. 2.1 Simplified Conservation of Mass Equation Under these assumptions. They find that the transition creates a jump condition in the momentum and energy equations.4 Simplified Equations The preceding assumptions lead to a large reduction in the equation complexity. For the current model. magnitude of these effects. the volume-averaged conservation of mass equation (221) becomes ∂ρα ∂ + (ρα uα ) = 0. 47. it is assumed that the flow approaches the regenerator with a uniform profile.4. Further analysis is needed to determine the 2. 35 .

∂t ∂x ∂x K K 2 (2-51) 36 . are defined as ~ K xx = K ρ u K 1/ 2 ~ Fxx = ε α c f α α sign[uα ]. The momentum equation is now written as ε c ∂ (ρα uα ) + ∂ (ρα uα uα ) + ∂pα + µα εα uα + ρα uα 2 α 1 / 2f sign[uα ] = 0.2. µα 1 24 4 3 Re K (2-50) Note that the Forchheimer correction is expressed in terms of a Reynolds number based on the permeability length scale. (2-49) The permeability. the surface integral in Equation (2-48) can be written such that ∂ ~ ~ ~ (ρα uα ) + ∂ (ρα uα uα ) + ∂pα + µα ε α K −1 ⋅ I + F ∂x ∂x ∂t { [ ]} u xx α = 0. K.2 Simplified Balance of Momentum Equation The momentum equation (2-22) becomes ∂ (ρα uα ) + ∂ (ρα uα uα ) + ∂pα ∂t ∂x ∂x  ~ 1 r  r  µ ˆ ˆ ˆ + ∫ nα ⋅  I  pα − α ∇ ⋅ uα  − µα ∇uα  dS = 0 Aαβ 3 Vα  3   14444444 244444444 4 Darcy and Forchheimer effects (2-48) which still contains the surface integral of the deviation quantities. The permeability has units of length squared. and form drag coefficient. Following the analysis of Whitaker (45). cf.4.

These two integrals are exactly of the same magnitude and are opposite in sign. The last term in Equation (2-53) is a surface integral representing the volumetric heat transfer between the two phases. 2.4 Simplified β-Phase Conservation of Energy Equation The β-phase conservation of energy equation (2-24) can be simplified to (ρc )β − 1 Vβ ∂ Tβ ∂t β  ∂   ∂ Tβ − kβ  ∂x   ∂x    β 1 + Vβ ∫ Aαβ  ˆ dS  nβ Tβ    (2-53) ∫ Aαβ nβ ⋅ kβ ∇Tβ dS = 0. Substitution of Equation (2-54) into Equation (2-52) and Equation (2-53) results in a two-equation energy model 37 .4.2.3 Simplified α-Phase Conservation of Energy Equation The volume-averaged conservation of energy equation for the α-phase (2-23) can be simplified to ∂ ρα 1 − Vα ( α eα α ∂t ) + ∂  ρ ∂x   α α uα α hα α − N k kα ∂ Tα ∂x α     (2-52) ∫ Aαβ nα ⋅ kα ∇Tα dS = 0. The same integral appears in Equation (2-52). Whitaker (42) has proposed that these integrals be represented as − εβ 1 ε α Vβ ∫ Aαβ n β ⋅ k β ∇Tβ dS = 1 Vα ∫ Aαβ nα ⋅ kα ∇Tα dS = av H Tβ ( β − Tα α ). (2-54) where avH is the volumetric heat transfer coefficient.4.

felts. and not the flow field. Unlike dispersion. The ~ closure variable. and sintered metals have tortuosities less than one. bβ . and dropping the volume averaging notation. Tortuosity equal to one represents parallel path geometries such as tube bundles. The terminology for tortuosity can be confusing since tortuosity is also used in the context of the fluid phase. the tortuosity is thought to be a function of geometry only. Using this result. Geometries such as wire mesh. Experiments have suggested that the tortuosity is less than or equal to one. the energy equations can be respectively written in final form as 38 . must be solved for numerically.  ˆ dS  ∫Aαβ nβ Tβ    (2-56) The conduction term in Equation (2-56) can be written as  ∂ ~ 1 − k β  Ι + ∂x   V  ~  ∂ Tβ  ∫Aαβ nβ bβ dS  ∂x β   ∂ Tβ  = − ∂ k β τ β  ∂x  ∂x   β     (2-57) where τβ is referred to as the “tortuosity” by Gedeon (36).∂ ρα ( α eα β α ∂t − av H Tβ ) + ∂  ρ ∂x   α α α uα α hα α − N k kα ∂ Tα ∂x α ( − Tα )= 0 β     (2-55) and (ρc )β + ∂ Tβ ∂t β εα av H Tβ εβ (  ∂   ∂ Tβ kβ  − ∂x   ∂x    β 1 + Vβ − Tα α ) = 0.

6 Simplified β-Phase Entropy Generation Equation The simplified gas entropy generation equation (2-28) is s′′′.5 Simplified α-Phase Entropy Generation Equation The simplified gas entropy generation equation (2-27) is ′ sα′′. these terms can be expressed as 39 . gen β β = ρβ ∂ sβ ∂t β ∂  k βτ β ∂ −  Tβ ∂x  Tβ β ∂x  β  1 −  Vβ  ∫ Aαβ nβ ⋅ k β ∇Tβ Tβ dS ≥ 0 (2-61) The last term in Equation (2-60) is a surface integral representing the entropy generation due to volumetric heat transfer between the two phases.4. ∂x   β (2-59) 2. The same integral appears in Equation (2-61).4. gen α = ∂ ρα ( α sα α α ∂t )+ ∂ ( ρ ∂x α α sα α r uα α ) (2-60) ∂ N k ∂ −  k α Tα ∂x  Tα α ∂x   1 −  Vα  kα ∇Tα ∫Aαβ nα ⋅ Tα dS ≥ 0 2.∂(ρα eα ) ∂  ∂T +  ρα uα hα − N k kα α ∂t ∂x  ∂x and   − av H (Tβ − Tα ) = 0  (2-58) (ρc )β ∂Tβ ∂t − ∂Tβ  ε α ∂  kβτ β ∂x  + ε av H (Tβ − Tα ) = 0. By a similar method as that with the energy method.

ρT (2-67) which can then be used to simplify the entropy generation equations for the gas and the matrix. it is possible to write the entropy generation rate equation for the gas-matrix system. the gas entropy generation equation reduces to 40 . gen ≥ 0. gen β (2-66) By using the Bridgman tables (49) the Maxwell relation for a pure substance can be written in a more convenient form as ds = 1 (dE − hdρ ) . sys = ε α sα′′. After considerable simplification. which is ′ s′′′ .  + ∂x  Tβ ∂x  Tα   (2-65) At this point. gen = ∂  N k ∂T  a H ∂ (ρα sα ) ∂ + (ρα uα sα ) −  k α α  − v (Tβ − Tα ) ∂x  Tα ∂x  Tβ ∂x ∂t (2-64) and s ′′′.− 1 Vβ ∫ Aαβ nβ ⋅ k β ∇Tβ Tβ dS = av H Tα α (T β β − Tα α ) (2-62) and 1 Vα ∫ Aαβ nα ⋅ kα ∇Tα aH dS = v β Tβ Tα Tβ ( β − Tα α ). (2-63) Substitution of Equation (2-62) and Equation (2-63) into the entropy generation model and dropping the volume averaging notation results in ′ sα′′. gen = ρ β β ∂s β ∂t − ∂  k β τ β ∂Tβ  av H (Tβ − Tα ) . gen + ε β s′′′. using the energy and momentum equations.

including the last term representing entropy generation due to viscous and inertial losses. Tα ∂x  ∂x  Tα Tβ 2 (2-68) For an incompressible substance. gen = β k βτ β  ∂Tβ  2 Tβ  ∂x  2  av H  + Tβ − Tα .  TT  α β 2 (2-70) Now the system entropy generation equation can be written s′′′ . this term can be written as − uα ∂pα uα  ∂ρα uα ∂ρα uα uα  +F≥0 + =  ∂x Tα ∂x Tα  ∂t  (2-72) where F is the Darcy-Forchheimer surface integral.′ sα′′. sys gen k τ  ∂T  a H 2 N k  ∂T  u ∂p = ε α k 2α  α  + ε β β 2β  β  + v Tβ − Tα − ε α α α ≥ 0.  ∂x  T T ∂x Tα ∂x Tβ Tα 144 44 144 44 14 244 14243 2 3 3 2 3 α β4 2 Gas conduction Matrix conduction Film heat transfer viscous and inertial losses 2 (2-71) It should be noted that all terms are positive definite. This is an interesting result. 41 . the Maxwell Relation reduces to ds = c dT . This requires that the sign of the pressure gradient always be opposite to the sign of the velocity. Using the momentum equation. together with the matrix energy equation. but not one that is immediately obvious. gen = N k kα 2 Tα 2 u ∂p  ∂T  a H  α  + v Tβ − Tα − α α . and the matrix entropy generation equation reduces to s′′′. T (2-69) which.

as proposed. 3     (2-73) This indicates that if F IS NOT a strict function of velocity as proposed then it must combine with the acceleration terms such that the entropy generation is positive definite. This produces the positive definite result − 2 uα ∂pα uα 1  µε 2 3 ε cf    F=  uα + ρα uα = ≥0 . The assumptions imposed by Equation (2-54) must satisfy the additional requirement that 42 . 1/ 2  Tα ∂x Tα Tα  K K    (2-76) There is an additional requirement on the functionality of the interfacial convection terms.F= 1 Vα ∫ Aαβ  ~ µ r  r  ˆ ˆ ˆ nα ⋅  I  pα − α ∇ ⋅ uα  − µα ∇uα  dS . For positive velocity F ≥− ∂ρα uα ∂ρα uα uα − ∂t ∂x (2-74) and for negative velocity F ≤− ∂ρα uα ∂ρα uα uα . then the acceleration terms should be eliminated from the momentum equation. − ∂t ∂x (2-75) The other implication which is possible to extract from this result is that if F IS a strict function of velocity.

The lost power is a scalar value which can then be used as an optimization parameter.av H Tα α Tβ β Tβ β − Tα α 2  1 ˆ ˆ Tβ Tα 1 =∫  − α β  Aαβ  V T T Vβ Tβ Tβ  α α α  n ⋅ k ∇T dS ≥ 0.  TT Tα ∂x   α β  (2-78) The reference temperature is the lowest naturally occurring temperature in the system. This statement is produced by retaining the surface integrals representing the interfacial heat transfer through the simplification process for the gas and matrix entropy generation equations. These quantities are proportional to the volume-averaged temperature difference. it is clear that the entropy generation due to this effect is directly dependent on the ˆ ˆ temperature deviation quantities. This idea is not investigated beyond this level in the dissertation other than calculating this value in Chapter 5. The lost power represents the additional input power that is required to perform the same thermodynamic function as compared to an internally reversible refrigerator. This form of the lost power represents an internal method of calculation. The entropy generation can be used to calculate lost available power by integrating the volumetric entropy generation rate over the entire regenerator. which are defined in the Appendix 1. An 43 . The lost power is then the total entropy generation rate times the reference temperature giving & Wlost = To ∫ s′′′ . In this form.  α α α   (2-77) where the volume averaging notation is reapplied for clarity. sys Adx gen 0 L  N k  ∂T  2 k τ = To ∫ ε α k 2α  α  + ε β β 2β Tβ Tα  ∂x  0   Lr  ∂Tβ   ∂x  2 2  aH u ∂p   + v Tβ − Tα − ε α α α  Adx. Tα and Tβ .

The mass flux is defined as m. Values of this lost power discrepancy are reported in Chapter 5 for the numerical model presented in Chapter 3.7 Summary of Equations The system of equations representing the one dimensional regenerator is repeated here with the volume average notations removed. The α-subscripts are dropped for simplicity. These two methods of calculating the lost power will give identical results for an analytical system. The lost power for a quasi-steady system with only mass flow interactions with the external environment can be found by cyclical integration of the entropy flux at the boundaries. ε. The porosity of the solid phase is defined to be one minus the gas porosity.alternative method can be considered based on an external control volume.4. This provides a good method for evaluating the accuracy of a numerical scheme. but differences will be notices for a numerical approximation. ∂ρ ∂m + =0 ∂t ∂x 2  µε m m 2 ε c f ∂m ∂  m 2 + p + +   K ρ + ρ K 1 / 2 sign[m] = 0 ∂t ∂x  ρ   (2-79) (2-80) ∂E ∂  ∂T  +  mh − N k k  − av H (Tβ − T ) = 0 ∂t ∂x  ∂x  (2-81) (ρc )β ∂Tβ ∂t − ∂Tβ  ε ∂  k βτ β ∂x  + 1 − ε av H (Tβ − T ) = 0 ∂x   (2-82) 44 . and the volumetric gas internal energy is defined as E. 2.

s′′′ = gen

2 N k k  ∂T  av H m ∂p Tβ − T −  + 2  T  ∂x  TTβ ρT ∂x 2

2

(2-83)

s′′′, gen β

k τ  ∂T = β 2β  β Tβ  ∂x 

 ε av H  +  1 − ε TT Tβ − T  β
2

2

(2-84)
2

s′′′ , sys gen

k βτ β N k  ∂T  = ε k2   + (1 − ε ) 2 T  ∂x  Tβ

 ∂Tβ   ∂x 

2  av H m ∂p  +  TT Tβ − T − ε ρT ∂x ≥ 0.  β

(2-85) (2-86) (2-87)

T = f1 (ρ , E ) p = f 2 (ρ , E )

This system of PDEs represents 9 equations to be solved for

ρ
m

Gas density Gas mass flux Gas total energy per unit volume Gas temperature Gas pressure Matrix temperature Gas volumetric entropy generation rate

E T p Tβ s′′′ gen

s′′′, gen Matrix volumetric entropy generation rate β s′′′ , sys Total volumetric entropy generation rate gen The volumetric total energy, E , is chosen as the conserved quantity in the gas energy equation. This is simply the product of the internal energy and density. These equations require appropriate boundary and initial conditions which will be discussed. 45

These equations represent a fully compressible model for flow and heat transfer in a porous medium. The porous medium is completely characterized by the specification of the porosity, friction factor, dispersion coefficient, solid tortuosity, and heat transfer coefficient in addition to fluid and solid thermal properties. At this point in the

development, these equations apply to one-dimensional steady, unsteady, or oscillating flow. For limiting cases, important exact solutions exist, and these are discussed in section 2.5 that follows.

2.5 Exact Solutions Experimental measurement of the permeability and inertia coefficient is conducted by measuring the steady mass flow rate and pressure drop through a onedimensional channel. Under steady state conditions, the first term in Equation (2-51) is zero, and the momentum equation reduces to

ε c µε du dp ρα uα α + α + α α uα + ρα uα 2 α 1 / 2f sign[uα ] = 0. dx dx K K
2

(2-88)

The continuity equation reduces to

ρα uα = C1 ⇒ ρα =

C1 , uα

(2-89)

and the momentum equation becomes (for positive velocity and ideal gas)  µα ε α ε α 2 c f  uα 2 − RT  duα = − + 1/ 2   3 K  KC1  dx  uα  which can be integrated to give  ,  
(2-90)

46

Ln(uα ) +

µ ε ε 2c RT = −  α α + α 1 / 2f 2 K 2uα  KC1 

  x + C2 .  

(2-91)

The two constants can now be solved to give
C1 =

& m Af

(2-92)

and  mRT  A f 2 p0 2 & + , C 2 = Ln  A p  2m 2 RT & f 0  
(2-93)

where p0 is the pressure at the inlet. The result is an implicit equation for velocity which apparently needs to be solved numerically,
2 εα 2c f   uα A f p0  1 1 1  p0 A f   A f µα ε α +  − Ln =  +  x.  & &  & RT  mRT  2uα 2 2  RTm   RTmK RTK 1/ 2    

(2-94)

Equation (2-94) represents a steady, compressible, isothermal Forchheimer momentum equation. This equation allows the selection of the mass flow rate and the inlet pressure. By solving for the velocity at the outlet allows for calculating the density at the outlet, and thus the pressure, as outlined in what follows. In such a manner, experimental data can be used to solve for the two Darcy and Forchheimer coefficients iteratively. If the convective acceleration term is neglected in the momentum equation, an additional exact solution can be obtained for the case of steady, isothermal, compressible flow. The problem is defined by

47

ρα =

& & m dρ m duα ⇒ α =− 2 uα Af dx Af uα dx
2

(2-95)

εα c f 1 duα A f µα ε α = + , 3 & RTmK RTK 1 / 2 uα dx
which can be integrated to give  A f µα ε α εα 2c f  1  x . =C− + 2  RTmK & RTK 1 / 2  2uα   The constant can be solved to give 1  p0 A f   . C=  &  2  RTm   The result is an equation for velocity,
2 εα 2c f  1 1  p0 A f   A f µ α ε α   =  2  RTm  −  RTmK + RTK 1 / 2  x , &  & 2 2uα    2

(2-96)

(2-97)

(2-98)

(2-99)

which is identical to Equation (2-94) after dropping the natural logarithm term. This equation can be solved directly for the velocity giving
 p0 A f  2 A µ ε ε 2c    − 2 f α α + α 1f/ 2  x  uα =    RTmK &  & RTK    RTm     
−1

.

(2-100)

If the flow is steady, isothermal, and incompressible, the continuity equation reduces to duα =0 dx and the Forchheimer Momentum Equation reduces to
(2-101)

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 KA f Af K    2 (2-104) These three models are compared in Chapter 5. The effect of the advective acceleration term is shown to be negligible in predicting friction factor. This equation implies that the pressure gradient and density are known constants and not related through an equation of state. the pressure gradient must be constant giving p L − p0 µ α ε α 2 εα c f + uα + ρα uα sign[uα ] = 0 Lr K K 1/ 2 2 (2-103) The pressure at the outlet can be solved in terms of the inlet pressure and mass flow rate giving pL =  µα ε α m m 2ε α c f  & & p0 − Lr 2 RT  + 2 1/ 2  . 2. Thus.dpα µα ε α 2 εα c f uα + ρα uα + sign[uα ] = 0 . dx K K 1/ 2 2 (2-102) which is the standard “incompressible” Forchheimer Equation. separate temporal and spatial scales are used. 49 . Thus. it is sensible to expect that there are separate scales for each dimension.6 Scale Analysis A non-traditional scale analysis method is adopted for scaling the partial differential system of equations. Since a partial differential equation relates the change of a variable in more than one dimension. The compressible model and the incompressible model differ by 31% in predicting friction factor.

Arbitrary length and time scales.6.6. respectively f = and ε Re K + ε 2c f (2-109) 50 . ∂t ∂x (2-107) 2. have been used. the scaled continuity equation is written as ∂ρ  m t s  ∂m +  ~ =0 ∂t  Ls ρ  ∂x (2-105) where the tilde overbar represents the temporal scale and the dash overbar represents the spatial scale. Ls and t s . (2-106) The scaled continuity equation then reduces to the familiar form ∂ρ ∂m + = 0. The result of this scaling is the single balance ts ~ ~ ρLs m . the momentum equation is similarly scaled to give ~ ~ ~ ~ ∂m  ρ m  ∂  m 2   ρp  ∂p  ρ m Ls  m 2 sign[m]  + ~  + f =0. + ~  ∂t  ρ m  ∂x  ρ   mm  ∂x  ρ m K  ρ   (2-108) where the friction factor and the Reynolds number are.2 Balance of Momentum Equation Scale Analysis Next.2.1 Conservation of Mass Equation Scale Analysis The scale analysis begins by scaling the continuity equation. By choosing independent temporal and spatial scales for density and mass flux.

not the macroscopic length scale. The basic assumption of the volume averaging method is that the macroscopic length scale is orders of magnitude larger than the microscopic length scale. ρ K (2-112) These two scales lead to the scaled momentum equation. Thus. which gives m ρ ~ ~ ~. The length scale in the Reynolds number is the square root of the permeability. The macroscopic length scale represents the length scale of the macroscopic flow while the permeability length scale represents the length scale of the microscopic flow which is what drives the Darcy and Forchheimer effects. and it is expected that the model will eventually depend on two length scales.Re K = m* K µ* . The two length scales are necessary to model a porous media as a continuum where the macroscopic and microscopic effects are united. The fact that two length scales have been defined is evident since the volume averaging method requires such a result. The first balance is proposed for the temporal and spatial acceleration terms. it is necessary to define these two length scales. This scaling leads to two balances. 51 . (2-110) where the asterisks denote dimensional quantities. Ls. m ρ (2-111) The remaining balance between the pressure gradient and the friction terms results in p~ ~ m 2 Ls .

the scaled gas energy equation is ~   Em  ∂E  m h  ∂ (mh ) −  k sT + ~   2  ρLs  ∂t  Ls  ∂x  Ls which can be reduced to c T K  ∂  ∂E  c psT  ∂ ks ∂T  +  ~  (mh ) −  ps ~    Nk k ∂t  cvsT  ∂x ∂x   cvsT Ls m c ps K  ∂x    ˆ c T L Hs  −  ps ~ 4 s  H (Tβ − T ) = 0 K m c ps   cvsT    ∂  ∂T  ˆ  − av H sT H (Tβ − T ) = 0   Nk k ∂x  ∂x   [ ] (2-115) (2-116) if 52 . ~ 2  ρ  Ls Γ1 =   ρ K . it is tempting to consider dropping the acceleration terms. which are O(1) in this form. ∂p m 2 sign[m]  ∂m ∂  m 2   + Γ1  + f  =0.3 α-Phase Conservation of Energy Equation Scale Analysis ˆ Using an additional scale for the interfacial temperature difference. +  ∂t ∂x  ρ  ρ    ∂x  (2-113) which is characterized by a leading order dimensionless parameter.   (2-114) Since this parameter is much larger than the remaining acceleration terms. This results in an algebraic equation for the velocity given the pressure field. T .6. 2.

(2-117) (2-118) h = c psT . ˆ T 4 Ls (2-124) This leads to the final scaled gas energy equation. c ps m (2-121) and the surface area per unit volume as av = 4 . ~4 T K  (2-123) The proper balance is between the interfacial heat transfer term and the enthalpy advection term which gives St ~ T 1 K .~ ~ ~ E = ρcvsT . and γ= c ps cvs . 53 . K (2-122) the gas energy equation becomes  T K 1  ∂  ∂T   ∂E  T  ∂ + γ ~  (mh ) − γ ~  − γ   Nk k ∂x   ∂t  T  ∂x  T Ls Pe  ∂x  ˆ  T Ls St  H (Tβ − T ) = 0 . (2-119) By defining the reference Peclet number and the reference Stanton number respectively as Pe = m c ps K ks (2-120) and St = Hs .

6. which is between the interfacial heat transfer term and the accumulation term. Ls Pe (2-127) The last parameter. This indicates that the gas energy equation is dominated be advection and interfacial heat transfer. + K T  1 − ε (ρc )βs   ∂Tβ (2-128) There is only one relevant balance with this scaling.4 β-Phase Conservation of Energy Equation Scale Analysis The matrix energy equation can be scaled to produce (ρc )β ~  ρc T k ∂Tβ  K 1  ∂  −  vs ~ βs γ   k βτ β ∂x  ∂t  (ρc )βs T ks Ls Pe  ∂x     ~ ˆ  ε ρcvs L T  γ 4 s ~ St  H (Tβ − T ) = 0. which characterizes the diffusive flux. 2. This is represented by the balance T 1 1 − ε ( ρc )βs . 54 . is very small in comparison to the first parameter. T Γ2 = γ ~ T (2-126) and a second order dimensionless parameter ε1 = K 1 . ~~ ~ T γ ε ρcvs (2-129) Using this balance. the matrix energy equation can be written in its final form. ∂  ∂E ∂T  + Γ2   mh − ε1 N k k  − H (Tβ − T ) = 0 ∂t ∂x    ∂x  (2-125) which is characterized by an additional leading order dimensionless parameter.

ε ks Ls Pe (2-131) Again.5 Scaled Equation Summary The scaled equations are: ∂ρ ∂m + =0 ∂t ∂x  ∂p m 2 sign[m] ∂m ∂  m 2   + Γ1  + +  ∂t ∂x  ρ  ρ    ∂x  f=0  (2-132) (2-133)  ∂  ∂E ∂T  + Γ2   mh − ε1 N k k  − H (Tβ − T ) = 0 ∂t ∂x    ∂x  (2-134) (ρc )β ∂Tβ ∂T  ∂  − ε 2 k βτ β β  + H (Tβ − T ) = 0 ∂t ∂x  ∂x  (2-135) which are characterized by four dimensionless parameters resulting from the scaling balances.(ρc )β ∂T  ∂Tβ ∂  − ε 2 k βτ β β  + H (Tβ − T ) = 0 . 2. this parameter is much smaller than the other terms which are O(1) which illustrates that the interfacial heat transfer and accumulation dominate over the diffusive flux. The boundary conditions provide the remaining information to complete the scale analysis. ε2 = 1 − ε k βs K 1 . The time scale can be chosen as the angular frequency of the mass flow rate as 55 . ∂x  ∂x  ∂t (2-130) which is characterized by an additional second order dimensionless parameter.6.

the RMS value of the gradient is m= mh + mc − 2mh mc cos(φmc − φmh ) . (2-136) The temporal mass flux scale can be chosen based on the boundary mass flux amplitudes as ~ m + mc . 2 2 2 (2-138) The spatial temperature scale can be expressed as T = Th − Tc (2-139) which then leads to the spatial scale for density.ts = 1 ω . (2-143) 56 . m= h 2 (2-137) The spatial mass flux scale can be expressed by assuming that the amplitude and phase varies linearly across the 1-D domain. ωρ m (2-141) ~ ρ=ρ ~ m m. RThTc (2-140) The five scales can now be simplified to Ls = 1 m2 ~ . ρ= pb (Th − Tc ) . (2-142) 2 ~ ε cvs ~ p (T − T ) m γ T = b h c RThTc m 1 − ε (ρc )βs . Then.

T= h c pb 4 St m 2 (2-145) The importance of this scaling is that it has produced expressions which give insight into the amplitude of the temperature oscillation as well as the temperature difference between the matrix and gas. These amplitudes are seen to depend on the boundary conditions.~ m3 1 p = ~2 ρ ω K . the dimensionless parameters can be written in terms of known quantities as Γ1 = ~ m ω Kρ 1 − ε m (ρc )βs ~ ε m ρcvs (2-146) Γ2 = (2-147) ε1 = K ω ε2 = ~ ρ 1 m Pe (2-148) 1 − ε k βs ε ε ks 1 (2-149) Table 1 summarizes the numerical results of the scale analysis for a representative regenerator. 57 . (2-144) and ~ ˆ RT T ω K m . Finally.

62 0 -1.0040 5.005E-10 19.5E+06 12.41 [W/m^2-K] [-] [-] [-] m p ~ E ~ T T ˆ T Γ1 Γ2 ε1 ε2 545 29.60 25.92 24.Table 1-Summary of scale analysis F Lr Dr Ε K mh mc φmh φmc Th Tc pb 40 7.6920 1.46E-04 7.67 3.10E-03 [-] [-] [-] [-] 58 .00E+04 707388 13.58 29.0 1.969E-05 251 2078 5190 3112 1.21 17.5605 0.40E+06 0.62 300 70 3.6 2.01048 0.1146 [m^2] [rad/s] [Pa-m^3/kg-K] [J/kg-K] [J/kg-K] [-] [J/m^3-K] [W/m-K] [W/m-K] ts Ls ~ ρ ρ ~ m Hs St Pe Nk 35482 2.67E-01 12 7.21 230 1.30E-02 0.92E-03 17.14E-03 [Hz] [m] [m] [-] [m^2] [kg/s] [kg/s] [rad] [rad] [K] [K] [Pa] [s] [m] [Kg/m^3] [Kg/m^3] [kg/s] [kg/s] [Pa] [J/m^3] [K] [K] [K] Af w R cps cvs γ (ρc )ms kb k 5.

Γ1 >> 1 Γ2 >> ε1 (2-150) (2-151) (2-152) (2-153) ε1 << 1 ε 2 << 1 There are several limiting cases of interest when these assumptions break down. 59 . and the frequency approaches zero. For example.6 Limiting Cases For the parameters chosen.6. it is expected that the upstream influence of the temperature will have an important effect. i. the dimensionless parameters satisfy the assumptions imposed on the problem.e.2.

Lr x mh (t ) & Dr mc (t ) & Figure 6 – Regenerator computational domain diagram 60 . COMPUTATIONAL MODELS 3. The geometry is a cylindrical domain. as defined in Chapter 2. is the unsteady.CHAPTER 3 3.1 Problem Definition The problem to be solved. Figure 6 illustrates the computational domain. periodic. onedimensional regenerator problem.

which can be multidimensional. The details of the temporal and spatial representation are discussed in the following sections. a numerical method was employed to approximate the solutions. 61 . A unique method of solving PDEs is a semi-analytical technique call the Method Of Lines (MOL.2 Numerical Method The numerical solution of partial differential equations (PDEs) is a broad field. The result of this discretization is a system of ordinary differential equations (ODEs.) In physical systems. and 53).e. To proceed. the solutions are identical from one cycle to the next. i. thus the meaning of semi-analytical.) MOL is a general technique in which all but one domain of a multi-domain system of PDEs is discretized (50. 3. To accomplish this solution. the analyst must choose a unique method of time integration as well as spatial discretization. 51. this usually involves discretizing the spatial domain. 52. This technique relies on the proper specification of boundary conditions which is discussed below. Typical solution techniques in Computational Fluid Dynamics involve temporal and spatial discretization. This is followed by a discussion of a unique technique which was developed to artificially advance the solution in time to the quasi-steady solution.The solutions which are desired are the quasi-steady solutions. At this level. Several asymptotic models are then developed which illustrate the mechanisms which contribute to a net energy transport in the regenerator. all MOL approaches are identical. The remaining domain remains analytical.

For hyperbolic systems. it would be understandable that central differences would yield the most stable scheme. 59). Numerical techniques are generally classified as implicit and explicit. In this context. 3.2.3.2 Spatial Discretization Several spatial discretization methods exist in the literature such as finite element. was found to be the most stable and efficient. 57. ODE15S.2. Experimentation indicated that first order accurate central finite differences were the most stable and efficient if the equations were formulated in strong conservation form. Five point central differences yield fourth order accuracy. Seven point differences were too unstable to use at all. the continuity equation reduces to a second order equation in density in the limit of explicit velocity formulation. implicit time integration is necessary for stability. MatLab was used as the platform for solving the equations. Finite differences were used to solve the regenerator equations. finite volume. 56. Upwind differences did not appear to be as stable as central differences. The implicit ODE integrator.) The BDF formulas are commonly known as Gear’s method and they suffer from lower efficiency. ODE15S is especially efficient in solving stiff systems (54). ODE15S is a variable order solver which can use numerical differentiation formulas (NDFs) or backward differentiation formulas (BDFs. As will be shown later in the discussion of boundary conditions. 58. To 62 . finite difference.1 Time Integration Time integration can in general be an analytical technique or a numerical technique. and collocation (55. but this produces a larger banding in the Jacobian leading to reduced stability in the time integrator.

n where n is the number of spatial grid nodes. In these discretized equations. The integration 63 . The solution at the final time step becomes the initial condition for the next period of integration. first order central differences using a three point stencil were used recursively. 3. Dij .calculate second derivatives. Equations (3-1) – (3-4) are now a coupled system of 4n ODEs which can be integrated in time from a set of 4n initial conditions. the MOL discretized equations are t ∂ρ xi t = − Dij mx j .. t  ij β x j β k i 1− ε (ρc )β x   i [ ( )] ( ) (3-4) for i=1. The equation set is integrated over a complete cycle. i [ t ( )] ( t ) (3-3) i = 1  ε  t t t t D k τ D jkTβ x − av H xi Tβ x − Txti  . ∂t t ∂mxi (3-1) t 2 t t 2   mt 2  x j + p t  − µ xi ε mxi − mxi ε c f sign mt . = − Dij  t xi xj  t t ρ ρ xi K 1 / 2 K ρ xi ∂t   xj ( ) ( ) [ ] (3-2) t ∂E xi ∂t and ∂Tβ x ∂t t t t t t = − Dij mx j hx j − N k x j k x j D jkTxtk + av H xi Tβ x − Txti . For the equation set defined by Equations (2-79) – (2-82). Appendix 2 contains a detailed discussion of the derivation of difference operators and their use with MatLab. the central difference operator.3 Quasi-Steady Convergence via Cyclic Time Relaxation Time integration begins with an initial condition for each of the solution variables. is an nxn square matrix.

ss dt = 0 . The regenerator system suffers from a long time constant with respect to the cycle period. ss = − k β τ β β . By defining the quasi steady-state temperature fields which satisfy Equation (3-7) exactly as 64 .ss  dt = 0. qm.   ∂z [ ] (3-5) where the “ss” subscript indicates steady state. Cyclic analysis of the governing equations provides an interesting and valuable technique called cyclic time relaxation. the net change of internal energy of the system over a cycle is identically zero and the system is said to be in quasi-steady state. ∂x ∂x ε (3-6) A simplification in terms of temperature gives ∫ ∂  ∂T   ∂Tss 1 − ε − k βτ β β .   ρuc pTss − N k k ∂x ε ∂x    ∂x  (3-7) The temperature field at the end of a cycle may not satisfy this relationship. this relation provides a means of calculating a correction for the initial condition of the following cycle. ss = − N k k ∂T ∂Tss 1− ε . Cyclic averaging of the gas and matrix energy equations results in ∫  ∂  hss + q g .ss + qm. In this case. the system of equations needs to be integrated for thousands of cycles until quasi-steady state is achieved unless the initial condition can be advanced artificially. q g . ss . As a result. When this condition is met.continues until the solution for two consecutive periods are equal. Let hss = ρuc pTss .

(3-8) T(x. respectively. f 2 (x ) = c p ∫ {ρ } u dt = 0 (3-11) which follows from a cyclic-average of the continuity equation. t ). where the primed temperature is an axial correction.ss = T ′( x ) + Tβ (x. Then the initial condition for the temperatures for the next period is 65 . The boundary conditions are appropriately chosen as T ′(0) = 0 T ′(Lr ) = 0 . f1 (z ) 2 + f 2 (z ) ∂z ∂z where 1− ε   f1 ( x ) = −  N k k + k βτ β dt ε   f 2 (x ) = f 3 (x ) = uc p }dt (3-9) ∫ ∫ {ρ ∫ (3-10) ∂  ∂T   ∂T 1 − ε − k βτ β β  dt   ρuc pT − N k k ∂x ∂x   ε  ∂x  For the case of constant specific heat. (3-12) since the temperature field at the ends does not need a correction due to the boundary conditions which fix those values.t) are the temperatures of the gas and matrix. t ) . Tβ .t) and Tβ(x. T’ can then be solved numerically with a finite difference technique. These quantities can be substituted into Equation (3-7) and T’(z) can be solved to obtain ∂T ′ ∂ 2T ′ + f 3 (z ) = 0 .Tss = T ′(x ) + T ( x. from the current cycle. Equation (3-9) is a second order ODE which can be solved for the temperature correction function.

x ) + λT ′( x ) Tβ (0.35. are a mixed system of first and second order (spatially) partial differential equations. ∂x k k 2 (3-14) It is then clear that velocity is a function of the pressure gradient. (3-13) A relaxation factor. Two boundary conditions are required by the continuity and momentum equations. 3. ε c ∂p µα ε α + u + ρu 2 α1 / 2 f sign[u ] = 0. the result is a spatially second order continuity equation. These equations in strict mathematical terms require six boundary conditions for the problem to be well-posed. is used to aid stability. 66 . x ) = Tβ (τ . λ. x ) = T (τ . is a function of the density gradient and temperature gradient.4 Boundary and Initial Conditions Equations (2-79) . The continuity and momentum equations are both first order spatially while the energy equations are both second order.(2-82).T (0. Mass flux boundary conditions are chosen such that zero net mass flux can be achieved. in their present form. which. Boundary conditions are needed at both ends for stability and this can be understood by considering the limiting case when the acceleration terms in the momentum equation are neglected.30-0. Experimentation has indicated an optimum value of 0. When the velocity in the continuity equation is eliminated in terms of temperature and density. x ) + λT ′( x ). in turn. Stable solutions are found by imposing pressure at both ends or mass flux at both ends. This results in the explicit equation for velocity.

Referring back to the scaled energy equations. the continuity equation is diffusive. experiments suggest that resolving such a boundary layer does not have a significant impact on the regenerator solution since the temperature fluctuation in the regenerator is largely a result of the compression process. The advective acceleration term which makes it first order is quite small and can be neglected producing a zeroth order momentum equation. This motivates a simplified application of boundary conditions based on a leading order simplification of the energy equations.   = 0. Since two mass flow boundary conditions have already been specified. Outside of this boundary layer. the diffusion terms are characterized by a small dimensionless parameter. the momentum equation is a spatially first order equation. The boundary condition requirements of the energy equations will absorb this over-specification.e. the regenerator is largely unaffected by the incoming gas temperature. Scaling and numerical experiments suggest that these second order diffusion terms are essentially steady. Together with the first order continuity. i.∂ρ ∂   ∂ρ ∂T   +  ρf  . This indicates that there is the Numerical possibility for a thermal boundary layer at the ends of the regenerator. the problem is over-specified by one boundary condition at this point. Thus. only one boundary condition is required. spatial sources. it seems natural to impose mass flux boundary conditions at both ends of the domain. In actuality.  ∂t ∂x   ∂x ∂x    (3-15) In this limiting case. the temporal fluctuations are orders of 67 .

the gas energy equation requires a single boundary condition while the matrix energy equation requires no boundary conditions. the proper initial condition is one that produces a quasi-steady solution after one cycle of simulation. Since the solution of interest is the quasi-steady solution. i. This suggests that the boundary conditions that are required mathematically can be neglected with little effect on the solution. then density boundary conditions could be used. the solutions of interest can be found by neglecting the strict mathematical requirement of six boundary conditions. This 68 . not the continuity equation. & Af (3-17) These mass flux boundary conditions are actually boundary conditions for the momentum equation. To summarize. (ρu )h = mh cos(ωt + φmh ) & Af (3-16) and (ρu )c = mc cos(ωt − φmc ) .e. For the limiting problem. The gas energy equation is still first order due to the enthalpy advection term.magnitude smaller than the spatial variations. As a result. The most satisfactory method of achieving this is by imposing harmonic mass flux boundary conditions. If the entire cryocooler is modeled as a closed system. Thus two boundary conditions are needed which satisfy the important corollary condition of zero net mass flux. but the matrix energy equation is zeroth order. Imposing mass conserving boundary conditions for the continuity equation is difficult since simple sinusoidal densities at the ends will not in general lead to mass conservation. the equations consist of a first order continuity and gas energy and zeroth order momentum and matrix energy.

Lr Dr Regenerator length Regenerator diameter Porosity Friction factor Nusselt number Dispersion coefficient Matrix tortuosity ε f Nu Nk τβ 69 . the converged solution satisfied seven boundary parameters. this technique is responsible for producing a solution which has the desired mean pressure and mean warm and cold end temperatures. Additionally. & mh & mh Warm end mass flow amplitude Cold end mass flow amplitude Mass flow phase shift φmh − φmc ω Th Tc pb Angular frequency Warm end mean temperature Cold end mean temperature Mean pressure These parameters are in addition to the seven geometric and empirical parameters which define the shape of the regenerator and the pores. Thus.is essentially the purpose of the artificial convergence technique discussed above.

) This model assumes 1) that the heat transfer between the gas and the matrix is perfect and 2) that the matrix heat capacity is very large.5 The Constant Temperature Model (CTM) A variety of asymptotic models can be considered. Two asymptotic cases are presented. The simplest idealized regenerator is represented by the Constant Temperature Model (CTM. There it is revealed that the regenerator net energy transport increases with each additional relaxation. The matrix gas energy equation can be rearranged to give − ∂Tβ  ∂  kβτ β ∂x  = av H (Tβ − T ). Each model can be considered with real or ideal gas. and constant or variable properties. only a spatial temperature field. Each asymptotic model provides insight into the mechanism of net energy transport in the regenerator.e. beginning with the most restrictive and an intermediate model. i. Results of numeric computations with these models are presented in Chapter 5.   (3-19) The cycle average of this equation is 70 . there is no temperature oscillation. this requires that the temperature field be specified a priori. The consequence of the second assumption is that the temperature field is steady. The consequence of the first assumption is that there is an infinitesimal temperature difference between the gas and matrix. ∂x   (3-18) which can then be inserted into the gas energy equation to give ∂T ∂T ∂E ∂  − k βτ β β +  ρuh − N k k ∂x ∂x ∂t ∂x     = 0.3. which provide additional permutations. Mathematically.

For ideal gas with constant properties. Thus. this becomes c pT ∫ ∂ (ρu )dt + ∂x ∫ ∂T  ∂T ∂   − Nk k − k βτ β β dt = 0. periodic operation. This is the only condition under which the net enthalpy flow is zero. This model is thermally perfect. This is obvious since the enthalpy is a function of temperature and density.  ∂x ∂x  ∂x   (3-20) Note that the cycle average of the time rate of change of the volumetric internal energy is identically zero for steady. can be shown to be zero by cyclic integration of the continuity equation. If a real gas equation of state is used. the system of equations being solved is 71 . The regenerator loss due solely to the density dependence of the enthalpy can now be assessed. The steady temperature field is then affected by the diffusion and net enthalpy flow fields. The diffusion fields drive the steady state temperature field for this case. which is the net enthalpy flow. the cyclic time relaxation procedure is applied to advance the solution to steady state. but the effects of pressure drop and viscous dissipation are still captured via a coupled solution of the continuity and momentum equation. which remain unchanged.∫ ∂T  ∂T ∂   ρuh − N k k − k βτ β β dt = 0. then the net enthalpy flow is positive. Beginning with a linear temperature field.  ∂x  ∂x ∂x   (3-21) The first integral.

6 The Local Thermal Equilibrium Model (LTEM) Local thermal equilibrium should not be confused with local thermodynamic equilibrium. − +  ρuh − N k k + ( ρc )β k βτ β  ε ∂x  ε ∂t ∂x  ∂x ∂t  (3-24) For ideal gas. the assumption of very large matrix heat capacity is relaxed while retaining the assumption of perfect gas-to-matrix heat transfer. this combined energy equation can be re-written as e ∂Tβ  1 − ε ∂Tβ ∂  ∂T 1 − ε ∂T ∂ρ  = 0. − + ( ρc )β +  ρue + Pu − N k k + ρcv k βτ β  ε ε ∂t ∂x  ∂x ∂x  ∂t ∂t  (3-25) Using the fact that the temperatures of the gas and matrix are identical. In this model. as defined previously in addition to initial conditions for density and mass flux. This energy equation is formed by combining Equations (2-81) and (2-82) such that ∂Tβ  1 − ε ∂Tβ ∂  ∂T 1 − ε ∂E  = 0. The result is a single energy equation with a single temperature. Cyclic time relaxation is applied to find a temperature field which yields a steady solution.∂ρ ∂m + =0 ∂t ∂x 2 ∂m ∂  m 2  ∂p µα ε m m 2 ε c f + + + +  sign[m] = 0 ∂t ∂x  ρ  ∂x k ρ ρ K 1/ 2   (3-22) (3-23) This system of PDEs requires two mass flux boundary conditions. 3. the combined energy equation is now written as 72 .

∂T 1 − ε  ∂T   ∂ρ ∂   ρcv + (ρc )β ε  ∂t + e  ∂t + ∂x (ρu ) + ρucv ∂x     ∂T  ∂  ∂T 1 − ε k β τ β β  = 0. ∂x  ∂x  ∂x ε   (3-30) This is well-posed mathematically. Expanding Equation (324) for a real gas gives e  ∂e  ∂ρ ∂ρ 1 − ε ∂Tβ  ∂e  ∂T + ρ  + ρ   ∂ρ  ∂t + (ρc )β ε ∂t ∂t  ∂T  ρ ∂t  T ∂T  ∂  ∂T 1 − ε k βτ β β  = 0 +  ρuh − N k k − ∂x  ∂x  ∂x ε   (3-29) which can be simplified to   ∂e   ∂e   ∂ (ρu ) 1 − ε  ∂T  − e + ρ     + (ρc )β ρ   ∂ρ  ε  ∂t    T  ∂x     ∂T  ρ  ∂T  ∂  ∂T 1 − ε +  ρuh − N k k − k β τ β β  = 0. (3-28) Implementing an equivalent combined energy equation for a real gas is more difficult due to the additional density dependence of the gas internal energy. and the final form of the LTE energy equation is ∂Tβ 1 ∂  ∂T 1 − ε ∂T ρucv ∂T  Pu − N k k − + + k βτ β  ε ∂x ∂x ∂t C LTE ∂x C LTE ∂x    = 0.   (3-27) where the combined volumetric heat capacity is defined as C LTE = ρcv + (ρc )β 1− ε ε . The boundary conditions using either 73 . +  Pu − N k k − ∂x  ∂x ∂x  ε   (3-26) Continuity can be used to eliminate the second term. The additional complexities include the calculation of the partial derivatives of the internal energy.

cyclic time relaxation is applied to find a temperature field which produces a steady solution. τ β . repeated here as ∂ρ ∂m + =0 ∂t ∂x 2  µε m m 2 ε c f ∂m ∂  m 2  + + p + + sign[m] = 0 1/ 2 ∂t ∂x  ρ   K ρ ρ K (3-31) (3-32) ∂E ∂  ∂T  +  mh − N k k  − av H (Tβ − T ) = 0 ∂t ∂x  ∂x  (3-33) (ρc )β ∂Tβ ∂t − ∂Tβ  ∂  ε k βτ β ∂x  + 1 − ε av H (Tβ − T ) = 0 ∂x   (3-34) This model captures the effects of finite heat transfer and matrix heat capacity as well as flow friction. the model depends on several correlations which are functions of the microscopic geometry and/or the flow field: Nk. Again. Boundary mean temperatures: Th and Tc & & Mass flowrates: mh . 3. w . and ε . two mass flux BCs. f . The characterization of this model depends on several parameters which can be categorized. mc . Nu.energy equation are the same. and φmh − φmc Mean pressure: pb Macroscopic geometry: Lr and Dr Additionally. 74 .7 Dual Energy Equation Model (DEEM) The Dual Energy Equation model solves the complete equation set.

3. i. x ) . ∂ρ ∂m + = F1 (t . An arbitrary solution can be made to satisfy the system of equations if appropriate source terms are added to each equation.8 Model Verification The accuracy of the Dual Energy Equation model was verified by using a test solution in a method similar to Kirkconnell (60). ∂x   (3-38) The test solution was chosen as follows: m = M 2 cos(ωt − M 3 ) T = T1 + T2 cos(ωt − T3 ) P = pb + P2 cos(ωt − P3 ) (3-39) (3-40) (3-41) (3-42) ρ= u= P RT m ρ (3-43) 75 . x ) ∂t ∂x  ρ   2 (3-35) (3-36) ∂E ∂  ∂T  +  mh − N k k  − av H (Tβ − T ) = F3 (t .e. The particular solution was chosen such that it retained the important characteristics of the actual solution. x ) ∂t ∂x  µε m m 2 ε c f ∂m ∂  m 2 + p + +   K ρ + ρ K 1 / 2 sign[m] = F2 (t . x ) ∂t ∂x  ∂x  (3-37) (ρc )β ∂Tβ ∂t − ∂Tβ  ∂  ε k βτ β ∂x  + 1 − ε av H (Tβ − T ) = F4 (t .

76 . Ph . non-zero net enthalpy flux. were then analytically solved. Pc . Adding a non-zero enthalpy flux will produce a similar solution with a shift in the net enthalpy field. a condition could be constructed to produce a constant. Alternatively. and the pressure phase angles. Fi.E = ρ cvT Tβ = T M 2 = mh + (mc − mh ) x Lr x Lr (3-44) (3-45) (3-46) M 3 = φmh + (φmc − φmh ) T1 = Th + (Tc − Th ) x Lr (3-47) (3-48) ~ ~ ~ x T2 = Th + Tc − Th Lr T3 = M 3 − ( ) (3-49) π 2 (3-50) ~ ~ ~ x P2 = Ph + Pc − Ph Lr P3 = φ Ph + (φ Pc − φ Ph ) z Lr ( ) (3-51) (3-52) All of the parameters in the preceding equations come from the boundary conditions with the exception of the boundary temperature and pressure oscillation amplitudes. φ Ph and φ Pc . Tc . Equation (3-50) was chosen such that the net enthalpy flux would be identically zero. The zero enthalpy flux case was chosen for simplicity. ~ ~ ~ ~ Th . These parameters are chosen from a representative numerical solution. The source terms.

The net enthalpy flux is visually identically zero. 77 .The numerical solution was then calculated using the exact numerical method detailed above. The source terms should not dramatically affect the character of the equations.2 mW deviation. There is less that 0. the model converges in one cycle. Additionally. The model numerically solves the test equations to very high accuracy as illustrated in Figure 8-Figure 14. the question of the proper set of boundary conditions is answered. This solution was obtained using just two mass flux boundary conditions even though the strict mathematical requirement is six boundary conditions. The solution fields show very small errors. The normalized errors are: Density Mass flux Energy Matrix temperature Gas temperature Pressure 5x10-7 3x10-7 4x10-7 3x10-8 4x10-8 4x10-7 The small normalized errors indicate that the numerical scheme is not introducing unrealistic errors into the solution and that the solver can solve similar equations. Since the initial condition can be set using the known exact solution.

Cycle Time [radians] 3.06 0.025 2.02 0.02 0.015 0.02 0.005 0. Position [m] 20 um ax um ean um in 0 0 0.005 0.005 0.01 0.5 0 0. 78 . Position [m] 30 rho rhom ax rhom ean m in 4 2 0 10 -2 -4 Velocity [m/s] vs.Density [kg/m3 ] vs. Cycle Time [radians] 20 0 0 0.01 0.5 0 0.04 0.04 0.02 0.01 0. Cycle Time [radians] 2 1 0 -1 -2 3 4 Pressure [MPa] vs.015 0.025 Figure 7 – Test case solution results. Cycle Time [radians] 30 4 2 0 10 -2 -4 Velocity [m/s] vs.06 0.025 Density [kg/m3] vs.01 0.02 0.02 0.08 0 0.025 0 0.015 0.015 0.08 Mass Flow Rate [g/s] vs.005 0.

04 Position 0.5 -2 -2.04 Position 0.0 Figure 8 – The net enthalpy flux satisfies the test case to within visual accuracy (0.02 0.06 0.02 0.06 0.08 -40 0 0.06 0.0.5 -1 x 10 -8 Cycle-averaged mass flow [g/s] 10 8 6 4 x 10 -6 Cycle-averaged mass flow gradient [g/s] -1.04 Position 0.5 -3 0 0.0 Cycle-averaged energy flows [mW] 80 Total 60 Qm 40 60 Cycle-averaged enthalpy flow gradient [mW] 40 20 20 0 Qg H 0 -20 -20 0 0.5 0 -0.08 2 0 -2 0 0.02 0.06 0.04 Position 0.2 mW deviation) 79 .02 0.

Figure 9 – Maximum density error 8x10-6 kg/m3 Figure 10 – Maximum mass flux error 1x10-5 kg/m2-s 80 .

Figure 11 – Maximum energy error 2 kJ/m3 Figure 12 – Maximum matrix temperature error 6x10-6 K 81 .

2 Pa 82 .Figure 13 – Maximum gas temperature error 8x10-6 K Figure 14 – Maximum pressure error 1.

Chapter 5 presents the modeling results and compares these results to the experimental data from Chapter 4. To provide a comparison with the full model. 83 . A numerical method was then developed using the Method of Lines with central finite differences. An artificial convergence technique was developed which dramatically improves convergence speed. Chapter 4 describes the development of an experimental apparatus which was used to investigate this model.Before proceeding on to Chapters 4 and 5. two asymptotic models were developed. A mathematical model for the regenerator was developed based on fundamental principles and guided by intuition. it is worth reviewing what has been accomplished up to this point.

” Using the numbering scheme of the previous paper. hence the use of these three is ideal for the present effort in which the unique impact of regenerator design on performance is sought. 4. 61 for additional details on the apparatus. to characterize overall cryocooler performance as a function of pulse tube aspect ratio and volume (61). however. The differences between the performances of the various regenerators were much larger than this pulse tube volume effect. the apparatus was designed to accommodate five interchangeable regenerator/cold heat exchanger/pulse tube assemblies (Figure 16). hereafter referred to as “expanders. 84 . and expanders 1. An unfortunate oversight resulted in the testing of one of the regenerators in expander 5.1 Overview and Experimental Apparatus The apparatus used is an Orifice Pulse Tube Cryocooler (OPTC) design and is illustrated in Figure 15.CHAPTER 4 4. et al. Towards that end. The performance of the constant volume pulse tubes (1-3) were found to be virtually indistinguishable. which has a 17% larger pulse tube volume than the constant volume set and performed slightly better in the previous experiments (no load temperature of 76 K vs. so the data from expander 5 are still considered relevant. EXPERIMENTAL APPARATUS AND MEASUREMENTS 4. expanders 1 through 3 are of identical volume. 79 K). the identical cooler assembly was used by Kirkconnell. The reader is referred to ref. and 5 are of constant length. With the exception of the regenerator materials.

The compressor used is a nominal 3 cc swept volume.Experimental Apparatus Reproduced with authors’ consent (61) Figure 16 – Regenerator/Pulse Tube expander module. Hughes Condor on loan from Night Vision & Electronic Sensors Directorate (NVESD).V a c u u m E n c lo s u r e H 2 O C o o la n t L o o p H 2 O C o o la n t L o o p C o ld H X O r ific e V a lv e T o C o m p resso r T o S u rge T ank In le t H X R e g en e r a to r P u ls e T u b e R e je c tio n H X A d a p to r P la te F le x ib le M e m b r a n e Figure 15 . Figure 18 shows a close-up view of the compressor. 85 . Figure 17 shows the apparatus integrated with the vacuum system and data acquisition system. dual opposed piston. Regenerator is the larger diameter section.

Figure 17 – Experimental apparatus with complete instrumentation. Figure 18 – Close-up view of the compressor. This vacuum system is capable of achieving pressures as low as 2x10-6 torr. These pressures are necessary to eliminate convective and conductive heat 86 . shown in Figure 19. The chamber surrounding the expander is evacuated using a turbomolecular vacuum pump.

it is recommended that a vacuum level of 10-6 torr be achieved and maintained before cooling a cryogenic system. 87 . but conduction will continue at levels comparable to atmospheric pressure. Figure 19 – Turbo vacuum pump station. Typically. the only mode of heat transfer is radiation. MLI (multilayer insulation) is a material used as a radiation shield. At these pressures.transfer through the surrounding gas. Further reduction of the pressure is limited by slow moisture release from the chamber and MLI. the heat carried by circulation currents is very small. the residual moisture is low enough that it will not form significant frost and alter the MLI performance. Typically. natural convection will occur at atmospheric pressures down a few torr. the conductivity of the low pressure gas will begin to decrease until it is essentially zero around 10-4 torr (62). It is composed of layers of aluminized mylar with woven Dacron spacer layers. At this pressure and lower. At this pressure. Around 10 torr.

For wire screens perfectly aligned.Descriptive Summary of the Regenerators under Study # Name / Figure Description 1 325 Mesh / Figure 20 Wire mesh screens .614 In packing wire mesh screens. The regenerators are summarized in Table 2 with their relevant data. All six regenerators are made of stainless steel fabricated into different forms of porous materials.696 2 400 Mesh / not shown Wire mesh screens – 400 wires per inch Wire diameter: 25. They consisted of quite different geometry.9 µm Measured Porosity: 0. Since that report. the actual porosity can vary by several percent based on the degree of nesting. 64). the total thickness of the stack was measured at 1. For a sample of 30 400 mesh screens.4 µm Measured Porosity: 0.536 mm. The porosity of each regenerator was measured experimentally by measuring the total matrix mass. Table 2 . but the same material. or a half 88 .692 3 60 Micron / Figure 21 Perforated disks Alabama Cryogenic Pore size: 60 microns Engineering (65) Measured Porosity: 0. an additional 45 micron regenerator and a diced foam metal regenerator were tested.717 (spacers) 4 45 Micron Perforated disks Alabama Cryogenic Pore size: 45 microns Engineering Measured Porosity: 0.2 microns. The density of the homogeneous material and the total regenerator volume can be used to calculate the matrix porosity. This gives an average screen thickness of 51.Four regenerators were tested in a previous study (63.325 wires per inch Wire diameter: 27. the porosity can approach 50%.644 (no spacers) 5 Foam Metal / Figure 22 Sintered foam metal plug Measured Porosity: 0.

An 8% porosity difference may cause a significant performance change.1 for the 30 micron disks. 89 . The process is able to produce sintered matrices for a range of porosity. The morphology of the pore and solid structure is not studied in this dissertation. but the other matrices have a much better understood geometry in terms of wire diameter and pitch or perforation diameter and aspect ratio. especially for a low cost application where performance is not as critical. The 60 micron perforated disk thickness was measured at 211 microns. The half thickness is very close to the nominal wire diameter suggesting that the screens were not nesting.5. The 45 micron disks have an aspect ratio of 4.6 microns. the flow begins to resemble that of a tube bundle. As the aspect ratio increases. It is possible that sintered matrices can provide reasonable regenerator performance. The foam metal regenerator was fabricated from 100 micron particles which were sintered.thickness of 25. but shrinkage of the matrix during sintering most likely requires beginning with a higher porosity. The process used to make the sintered foam metal is proprietary. The target porosity of the foam metal regenerator was chosen such that it was in the same range as the wire mesh screens. System level modeling suggests that the regenerator performance is sensitive to the matrix porosity. The performance test with the foam metal regenerator is the critical measure of the matrix performance.7 and 7. This results in a perforation aspect ratio of 3. The actual porosity was 8% less than the wire mesh regenerators. The result is a rigid matrix with random pore geometry and variable pore size.

0015” gap between the disks to allow for flow redistribution between disks. have to be restrained in the regenerator tube due to the spring force of the stack. This makes the screens and the disks more difficult to pack at low porosities which are desirable. This foam metal regenerator is a single plug of porous metal (Figure 22). The disks. The perforated disks take considerably less time to pack since they are about ten times as thick as 400 mesh screens.Wire Mesh (200X magnification) Figure 21 . Whereas the single disk regenerators each take as much as eight hours to hand pack.The first three regenerators are composed of a stack of disks made from the particular material (Figure 20 and Figure 21). the foam metal regenerator takes only a few minutes. Additionally. like the screens. Each disk is then lightly tamped to assure that it is snugly packed into the tube.Perforated Disk (200X magnification) Figure 22 . the perforated disks were packed using spacer rings which create a 0. Figure 20 . The fourth regenerator is drastically different from the others.Foam Metal (200X magnification) 90 . These disks are packed into the regenerator tube making sure that the disks are not bent. This allows significant time savings in packing the regenerator.

Agilent VEE Pro software was used to create the data acquisition and control program. Figure 23 – Data acquisition system. Figure 25. Several detail panels are shown in Figure 24. and Figure 26.An extensive data acquisition system was designed to provide test control and automated data collection. GPIB is a laboratory instrumentation standard which provides communication and control via a PC. This system consists of a series of lab instruments which provide a variety of functions and a PC (Figure 23). This provides a real-time data acquisition environment which provides for much more sophisticated measurements due to automation. The instruments and PC are connected using a GPIB 488 interface. 91 .

Data acquisition and control program.Figure 24 . Figure 25 . 92 .Data acquisition and control program. Compressor panel view. Main panel view.

Pressure panel view. diodes. The data acquisition system has been in development for six years. The compressor electrical power input is measured with a wattmeter. and controlled digitally with a feedback control algorithm by the PC. Further developments included doing real time data analysis which can be used to automate and control the test. communication with most of the test instruments was incorporated allowing the program to monitor and display test data. As the program developed. pressure. Pressure waveforms are acquired and stored for analysis. Initially the objective was to measure a series of DC voltages such as thermocouples. Considerable effort has been invested to use these waveforms to infer the piston motion 93 .Data acquisition and control program. Discrete Fourier transform analysis is used to calculate phase angles and to analyze the frequency content of the various waveforms. The compressor voice coil voltage and current are measured as waveforms. etc.Figure 26 .

However.from a kinematic model for the compressor pistons. The Darcy term. it is not necessary to conduct a series of mass flow versus pressure drop measurements at various temperatures. By varying the mass flow rate of gas through the regenerator and measuring the pressure drop. This hypothesis is tested in Chapter 5 by comparing the calculated pressure ratios with the experimentally 94 . 4. and the Forchheimer inertia coefficient. These are the Darcy permeability. cf. flow phenomenon which contributes to a macroscopic pressure gradient. as discussed in previous chapters. K. the results are yet inconclusive. Figure 27 and Table 3). This would allow calculation of the compressor PV power output. The first category consists of data measured under steady flow and essentially isothermal conditions for the purpose of determining friction factors. Appendix 3 has been included to summarize the development of the compressor model. which would allow the compressor to be decoupled from the rest of the system from an efficiency viewpoint. The hypothesis of this research is that the Darcy and Forchheimer coefficients depend solely on the geometry of the porous media. Thus they can be measured by any convenient method. the two coefficients that characterize the momentum balance in the porous medium can be determined (ref. Both of these terms are due to microscale. i. is a measure of the viscous effects while the Forchheimer term is a measure of the inertial effects. or pore scale. Tests need to be performed on a compressor which has piston position indicators.e.2 Experimental Results Experimental data can be separated into two distinct categories.

2 Figure 27 . Direct pore scale simulations are required to test the hypothesis. The volume averaging method produces a consistent model that can be tested via the pore scale simulations. This data is revisited in Chapter 5.6 0.0 1. 1200 Pressure Drop [kPa] 1000 800 600 400 200 0 0.8 Flowrate [g/s] 1.0 400 Mesh 325 Mesh 60 Micron 45 Micron Foam Metal 400 Mesh 0. and this work is suggested for future investigations.2 0. The data in Table 3 was calculated using a control volume model rather than a differential model. This does not provide conclusive proof of the hypothesis.measured pressure ratios during actual cryogenic operation. As a result. the data is flawed and leads to artificially low friction factors.Steady Flow Pressure Drop 95 .4 0.

20 69.3917 0. etc. It is the opinion of this writer that either their model was incomplete (erroneous simplifying assumptions.5315 0.73 K [m2] 1. and 21).37 69.5163 0. This is measured by constructing load curves (ref. there are references in unrelated applications that address the issue of frequency dependent permeability (66). Indeed. Of prime importance is the ability of the cryocooler to perform net refrigeration at varying temperatures.61 71. 17. These load curves provide an overall picture of the system performance. These curves are also used to estimate the total parasitic load on the cooler. these estimates are only as accurate as the model. which would indicate the Forchheimer effect. presence of real gas effects.005E-10 1. 18. Figure 28). From this data and the system level model.060E-10 1.473E-10 1. The authors assume that this frequency dependence is in fact a result of increasing inertial effects. the pulse tube loss and the regenerator loss can be estimated.4296 Some of the previously calculated pressure ratios using steady flow data did not correlate with experimentally observed pressure ratios (17. 19. By comparing 96 .573E-10 cf --0. 20. A second set of data consists of measurements under actual operating conditions of the cryocooler. However.Table 3 – Porous Media Parameter Summary (64) Foam Metal 400 Mesh 325 Mesh 60 Micron ε [%] 61.) or that the Darcy and Forchheimer coefficients are not only dependent on geometry but possibly frequency and gas properties.

This model accurately reflects the pulse tube geometry.1 MPa. 3. Therefore the comparison among the regenerators is still valid. 50 W 325 Mesh. and under the same operating conditions. 97 . 55 W 45MPD. 50 W 90 110 130 Cold Tip Temperature [K] Figure 28 . 2. 3.5 1. In Chapter 5.0 1.0 70 400 Mesh. The temperature difference at no-load for the 400 mesh regenerator tested with the larger volume pulse tube was only 2-3 K (61) compared to the nominally 15 K differences. the effect of the regenerator can be isolated in a sense. 3.0 0. 3.5 0. The 400 mesh regenerator outperforms all of the other regenerators even if it is tested with the smaller volume pulse tube.4 MPa.two load curves for the same cryocooler with only the regenerator changed.5 Cold Tip Applied Load [W] 2. 55 W 60MPD. the 400 mesh regenerator is modeled in Sage. the 400 mesh regenerator was tested with a larger volume pulse tube leading to a slightly more efficient expander.4 MPa.Load Curves 150 As mentioned previously. 60 W Foam Metal. 3.0 MPa.1 MPa.

The model will be shown to be driven by the pressures at the warm and cold end of the regenerator. lowest no-load temperature. i. The oscillatory pressure drop is the magnitude of the instantaneous pressure difference across the regenerator/pulse tube which is measured experimentally. and Figure 30 illustrate that the pressure wave is attenuated and phase shifted by the regenerator and pulse tube expander.e. Figure 29.The performance tests provide a direct comparison between the regenerator matrices (63. The fact that the 400 mesh regenerator out-performed the other matrices is not immediately obvious from the pressure drop data since the 400 mesh has one of the highest friction factors. it has a small friction factor. 98 . The pulse tube has minimal effect on the pressure because of its relatively short length and large diameter. This parameter is influenced both by the difference in pressure amplitude as well as the pressure phase shift.e. Thus it is important to measure the effect that the regenerator has on the pressure wave. The 400 mesh regenerator performed the best under the conditions of fixed input power. The pressure phase shift as measured is primarily occurring in the regenerator even though the pulse tube is physically between the two points where the pressure is being measured. i. Figure 31. This fact illustrates that the heat transfer efficiency is significantly better for 400 mesh than the other matrices.64). The ratio of the pressure ratios is a normalized measure of the frictional losses occurring in the regenerator.

4 MPa. The phase shift is found to be very sensitive to the porosity.1 MPa. 50 W 325 Mesh 3. 55 W 400 Mesh 3. The 400 mesh and foam metal regenerators were similarly restrictive for steady flow. The 400 mesh regenerator is modeled in Chapter 5. the oscillatory pressure drops are significantly different. which performed the best. The pressure data for this regenerator is used to validate the system level model.Oscillatory Pressure Drop The 400 mesh regenerator.0 MPa.1 MPa. has the largest oscillatory pressure drop and the largest pressure phase shift.4 Mpa. 50 W Figure 29 . The large phase shift is partly responsible for the magnitude of the oscillatory pressure drop. The foam metal exhibited a smaller pressure phase shift which can partly explain this smaller pressure drop. However. 55 W 45MPD 3. The pressure amplitudes and phase shift are found to accurately characterize the model. |P 1-P2| [Kpa] 240 220 200 180 160 140 120 100 60MPD 3. It cannot be concluded from this data that the friction factor for the 400 mesh is higher for the oscillating flow. 60 W Foam Metal 3. increasing by up to 10 degrees with a 2% decrease in the 99 .Oscillatory Pressure Drop.

55 W 45MPD 3. 50 W 325 Mesh 3.1 MPa.Pressure Wave Phase Angle 100 .3% for 325 mesh.4 Mpa.4 MPa. 60 W Foam Metal 3. Phase Angle (P1 vs. The percent open area is higher for 325 mesh screens (36% for 400 mesh versus 41. P2) [Degrees] 24 22 20 18 16 14 12 10 8 60MPD 3.1 MPa. 50 W Figure 30 .0 MPa.) Percent open area is based on the wire diameter and spacing. This helps to explain why the 400 mesh has higher pressure drop.porosity. The packing density of wire mesh screens has a large influence on the regenerator performance. The porosity of the 400 mesh and the 325 mesh were almost the same. 55 W 400 Mesh 3.

01 1. 60 W 3.09 1. 55 W 3.1 MPa. 50 W Figure 31 . However. The expectation was that the smaller perforations would provide better heat transfer for similar pressure drop.4 MPa.08 1. The results show that the pressure drop was lower slightly higher than the 60 micron and significantly lower than 325 mesh. the 325 mesh provided better cooling performance.00 60MPD 45MPD Foam Metal 325 Mesh 400 Mesh 3. Testing is planned for the near future.04 1.1 MPa. It was a bit of a surprise to see the 60 micron and 45 micron regenerators perform almost the same.03 1. Any abrasion or shearing 101 .02 1. Completion of this test will provide a complete set of data for this type of regenerator. The foam metal regenerator was retested by dicing it into 5 equal lengths using an electron discharge machining (EDM) saw.4 Mpa. The EDM was found to be the only process which could cut the foam metal without closing the pores.05 1.0 MPa.06 1. 50 W 3. 55 W 3.07 1.Pressure Ratio Attenuation The remaining 30 micron perforated disk regenerator remains to be tested.P1 Pressure Ratio/P2 Pressure Ratio 1.

The complex phenomenon of the sintering process made this a frustrating process. the solid tortuosity approaches zero at the cut. even smaller than the total conduction heat flux in the gas with the addition of dispersion heat flux. This indicates that the poor performance was not due to the matrix conduction. The furnace temperature needed to be high enough such that the fibers would soften and sinter but not flow or slump.process produces a cut which completely closes the pores while EDM erodes the material away forming a clean cut. The proposed Pyrex glass fiber regenerators did not turn out as expected. The tubes were then furnaced. Locally. In Chapter 5. This required pressing the glass felt to the desired porosity and then holding the felt into the tube.013”. but is quite high away from the cut. Testing of the diced foam metal regenerator produced no measurable difference in performance. The diced sections were then precision-cleaned and installed into the regenerator using spacer rings made of laser cut 316 stainless steel shim stock. Fibers with an average diameter of 19 microns were procured.0015” to further reduce conduction. Dicing the foam metal should not affect any characteristic of the regenerator other than the solid tortuosity. These rings were intended to create a gap between the foam metal plugs of approximately 0. These fibers were then packed into glass sleeves in a variety of different manners. The best methodology was to chop the fibers to produce a fiber felt which could be packed uniformly and to desired porosity. the regenerator conduction is found to be the smallest loss in the regenerator. Reducing the solid conduction will only reduce the total regenerator loss by a few milliwatts. The spacer rings were cut with an OD equal to the tube ID and a thickness of 0. The first 102 .

The piston length was chosen such that the final fiber column would produce the desired porosity. Shrinkage was reduced to ~10% which is still too much. The piston did not compress completely on this attempt.attempt produced a well sintered slug of glass fiber but the overall dimensions had shrunk by ~25% leaving an annular gap between the fibers and the tube. they should expand radially to fill the tube during shrinkage.) It became quite obvious that the fibers would shed very easily from the sintered plug. The second attempt was performed at a lower temperature. The third attempt was performed at the same temperature but with the fibers in compression using a dead weight and a piston. Any annular gap will destroy the regenerator performance. there was no testable regenerator. 103 . but still within the softening range of the fibers. The sintered fiber samples from all three attempts were examined under a microscope to assess the sintering and fiber deformation (Figure 32. At this point. and it was concluded that the fibers were not a viable alternative for a regenerator. Since the fibers were in compression.

Figure 32 – Sintered glass regenerator. 104 .

CHAPTER 5 5. The regenerator loss is caused by several effects such as temperature oscillations due to finite matrix heat capacity. most importantly the regenerator loss. The regenerator model is then used to obtain an accurate simulation of the flow and heat transfer in the regenerator. and temperature difference due to finite heat transfer coefficient. The effect of compressibility is shown to account for a significant error in the measured friction factor. A system level model is needed to estimate the boundary conditions for the regenerator model. the volume averaged model developed in Chapter 2 will be shown to be a flexible. A last comparison shows that a friction factor based on oscillating flow data is essentially identical to a friction factor based on steady flow data if a compressible flow model is used. and this model is developed in this chapter. real gas properties. Asymptotic models developed in Chapter 3 are used to investigate the magnitude of these individual effects on the regenerator loss and the mean temperature profile. RESULTS AND DISCUSSION In this chapter. accurate model. The solution is presented in terms of plots of important aspects of the solution. The accuracy of this model is considered by comparing it to other regenerator models and by calculating the entropy generation discrepancy as defined by the Sage model. It is however a model of just the regenerator. 105 .

a commercially available modeling tool called Sage was used. With the apparatus used. the model can be exercised over the range of experimental data. Figure 33 illustrates the diagram of the lab cryocooler. To this end. other parasitic loads. will produce a net energy flow out of the cold volume which must carry the regenerator loss. heat transfer coefficient. whether a Stirling piston or pulse tube. Pressure data at the transfer line and before the 106 . to compare the system level experimental data available from the laboratory pulse tube apparatus. The wall thickness of both tubes is only 0. these mass flow rates would be measured experimentally at both ends of the regenerator via hot wire anemometers or a similar method. Thus. and dispersion coefficient. friction factor. The expander. To evaluate the accuracy of the model. Ideally. then the regenerator solution can be obtained with the additional knowledge of the regenerator geometry. If the mass flow boundary conditions are known. there is a need for a system level model.1 Sage System Level Modeling The regenerator model being developed is decoupled from the rest of the system via the particular boundary conditions. The system performance is not completely known from just the regenerator solution though. these measurements were not possible at the cold end of the regenerator due to the integral design of the regenerator and pulse tube. and any net refrigeration. After building the Sage model which contains all of the geometric aspects of the lab cooler. Sage is a graphical programming package. accurate boundary conditions for mass flow rate need to be applied. The different components are represented by icons which are then connected to allow flow and energy transmission.5.007”.

This difference was found to be attributable to a density difference for the stainless steel alloy used to make the screens which results in a 2% density difference.5 and 1. This porosity was then kept constant for the 0. either due to an inaccurate friction factor or incorrect porosity. Experimentation indicated that the friction in the regenerator was too low. Figure 33 – Sage diagram of the laboratory pulse tube apparatus. This is comparable to the differences in the porosity. This phase shift in the pressure is due primarily to flow friction. 107 . the Sage optimizer can be used to adjust the compressor stroke and orifice setting until the two pressure ratios match. To drive the model.0 W cases. However. which was measured experimentally. The porosity was adjusted until the exact phase shift. The resulting porosity was found to be 0.orifice provide the primary method of correlating the Sage model. was achieved. most of which occurs in the regenerator. The additional degree of freedom is the pressure phase difference.692 calculated based on an assumed density and known mass. The Sage model initially gave incorrect pressure phase shift predictions. This data is unavailable experimentally with the current compressor. the compressor piston stroke needs to be specified.663 for 400 mesh. The measured porosity was 0.

09 W 2.45 W 1. The 400 mesh regenerator was operated with three refrigeration loads.86 W 292. the cooler produces zero net refrigeration. the pressure ratios and phase shifts were measured. 0.09 W.51 K Cold HX Pulse Tube 293. This map is based on the 400 mesh regenerator operating at its coldest temperature of 76 K.884 W 1.regen 0.0 W 44.0.Sage provides useful system level details such as the energy flow map in Figure 34. 0. HX/ Transfer Line Regenerator 76. The model illustrates that the gross refrigeration.5. The critical aspect of the warm end heat transfer is that energy is conserved. At this temperature.6 K Compressor Comp. 0 W The additional experimental data which was used to correlate the Sage model was the measured net refrigeration.9/6.0 W W pv/Q 37. is rejected at the warm end of the pulse tube. 76 K.206 W 0.884 W 2.9 K Reject HX Surge Volume Figure 34 . and 1. The surge volume accounts for a large portion of the total heat rejection which seems rather contrary. and with 50 W of electrical input power.57 W Q net Qcond. The Sage predicted refrigeration was not accurate 108 . The critical energy balance for any cryocooler is based on a control volume containing the cold heat exchanger.System level energy flow diagram. 400 Mesh – 76 K. 0. 400 mesh. For each refrigeration load.comp 42.09 W 1. Considering the cold heat exchanger control volume.233 W 1.0 W. the pulse tube enthalpy flow is consumed totally by the regenerator loss and the regenerator wall conduction loss.54 W Qsv Qreject 0.86 W Qrej. in this case 2.

so their accuracy in this size range is unknown.4 292. Table 4 – 400 mesh baseline operating conditions 0.652 34 17.6 88.904 0.51 3. the mass flow rates decrease with increasing cold tip temperature. This factor was adjusted at the no-load point and then it was used for the 0. This error is within experimental error and certainly within the range of unknown radiation load.913 0.0 292. This decrease in mass flow rate is accompanied by an increase in the mass 109 .0 W cases.1 The regenerator boundary parameters can then be extracted from the correlated model.7 100 3. Table 4 summarizes the 400 mesh regenerator operating conditions. These parameters were then used to perform comparison calculations with the model proposed in Chapter 3. The correlation was reasonably good.] & & Th [K] Tc [K] Charge Pressure [MPa] 0.0 W measured. In this table.5 W and 1.679 34 16.5 W 0.initially.720 34 15.44 3.4 292. according to the Sage model. 1.949 0. These correlations were constructed for larger capacity pulse tubes.072 W predicted versus 1.0 W 0.1 1. This is probably due to inaccuracies in the empirical pulse tube correlations which Sage uses.1 & mh [g/s] & mc [g/s] Frequency [Hz] φmh − φmc [deg. Sage provides a scale factor to adjust these pulse tube losses.6 76. Several phenomenons contribute to reduced pulse tube refrigeration such as mass streaming and boundary convection.0 W 0. These effects are modeled in Sage as enhanced diffusion effects based on some theoretical and experimental correlations.

The full regenerator model is then discussed beginning with a presentation of the solution fields. The ideal gas cases additionally assume constant properties evaluated at the 110 . the results of the analytic method of determining the permeability and inertia coefficient from Chapter 2 are presented.2. and DEEM) with additional calculations to compare the effect of real gas properties. 5. the results of the limiting case models presented in Chapter 3 are illustrated in terms of the net regenerator enthalpy flow rate and the mean temperature profile. Figure 35 is a comparison of the calculated regenerator loss for the three models (CTM. Finally.The Perfect Regenerator The net energy flow rate in the regenerator represents a loss mechanism since this energy must be carried by the gross refrigeration effect of the expander whether it be a pulse tube or a Stirling displacer. The model is then compared with the Sage and REGEN model solutions.2 Model Comparison In this section. 5.flow phase angle. Only in the limit of zero conduction or dispersion and zero net enthalpy flux is the regenerator loss zero. and net enthalpy flow due to the mass flux and enthalpy being partially in phase. conduction in the matrix. Several post-processing results such as net energy flows and net entropy generation rates are then presented. LTEM.1 Net Enthalpy Flowrate . This is a result of the decreasing regenerator loss which is proportional to the phase difference between the pressure and mass flow waves. The regenerator loss is a result of conduction and dispersion in the gas.

This temperature difference leads to an increase in net enthalpy flow of nearly a 111 . is the most idealized model. As a result. The addition of real gas properties results in a 0.33 W. specifically the addition of finite temperature difference between the gas and matrix. there is a 0. The resulting regenerator loss is only 0. and matrix conduction.8 W increase. which is constant for this model. constant properties evaluated at the average of the end point temperatures were used. as described in Chapter 3. As a result. The Local Thermal Equilibrium model was written only for ideal gas. This increase in regenerator loss is due to additional net enthalpy flow due to the local temperature oscillation which is allowed in this model. The Constant Temperature model. The only non-idealities included in this model are pressure drop. For the case of ideal gas. This increase in the regenerator loss is due to the fact that the enthalpy for a real gas depends on both temperature and pressure.mean temperature. the real gas enthalpy oscillates partially in phase with the mass flux. So a good comparison of the increase in the regenerator loss due to finite thermal capacity is the ideal gas CTM and the LTEM.86 W increase. the enthalpy oscillates locally in phase with the temperature (and partially in phase with the mass flux. due mainly to conduction and dispersion. For the ideal gas. gas conduction and dispersion. enthalpy depends only on temperature. The operating conditions were kept constant for all models.) The Dual Energy Equation Model captures all of the non-idealities in the regenerator. In this case. This has a significant impact on the viscosity which is strongly dependent on temperature over the range of interest.

as the cold temperature decreases below the 20 K point the problem of matrix heat capacity becomes a severely limiting factor. 3. Although there are no direct simulations provided in this report.0 1.5 3.5 2.watt (comparing the ideal gas LTEM and ideal gas DEEM.0 Constant T Ideal Gas Constant T Real Gas LTE Ideal Gas Dual E Ideal Gas Dual E Real Gas Figure 35 – Comparison of regenerator loss calculated with limiting case models based on identical operating conditions (ideal gas assumes constant properties. A factor that is present at any temperature is the inverse relationship between heat transfer effectiveness and pressure drop.5 1. This analysis does not explicitly illustrate the effect of pressure drop.5 0.) This increase is due to a more adverse (smaller) phase angle between enthalpy and mass flux.) 112 . Being able to decompose the total regenerator loss provides insight into the relative importance of the competing design challenges with regenerators. The reason is made evident by comparing the CTM and LTEM results. Pressure drop represents a loss of available energy for the pulse tube or expander piston to convert to refrigeration.0 0.0 Regenerator Loss [W] 2.

The ideal gas case uses a constant viscosity evaluated at the average temperature. The real gas DEEM also shows a dramatic deviation especially at the cold end. deviation at the midpoint. The mean temperature profiles for the real gas CTM and DEEM represent the extremes of all the profiles.2. with the midpoint temperature 36 K higher. The shape of the net diffusion and enthalpy fields is strongly affected by the mean temperature profile. An interesting comparison exists between the two real gas cases. The LTEM profile is higher at the midpoint by 9 K and the ideal gas DEEM profile higher by 17 K. -3 K. 113 . the net diffusion and enthalpy fields are in a balance such that the total energy flow through the regenerator is constant. A dramatically different profile occurs with the addition of real gas properties. where the gradient is almost zero. The CTM profile is nearly linear. Model convergence is primarily limited by the convergence of the steady mean temperature profile. The CTM assumes that the heat capacity is essentially infinite such that no temperature fluctuations occur.5. with a slight. The likely cause of this deviation is the finite matrix heat capacity in the DEEM. Figure 36 illustrates the effect of the different models on the mean temperature profile. This difference between the ideal gas and real gas cases is partly due to the fact that the viscosity is temperature dependent has a significant variation over the range of temperatures.2 The Mean Temperature Profile At quasi-steady state.

velocity. instantaneous solutions are shown in Figure 37. the density field is shown versus time (horizontal axis) and position (family of curves with red and blue corresponding to hot and cold ends respectively. the density maximum and minimum profiles are plotted versus position in the regenerator.2. pressure. In the upper right. gas total energy.350 300 Mean Temperature [K] 250 200 150 100 50 0 0 Constant T Ideal Gas LTE Ideal Gas Dual E Real Gas Constant T Real Gas Dual E Ideal Gas Linear 10 20 30 40 Position [mm] 50 60 70 80 Figure 36 – Comparison of mean temperature profiles calculated with the different models based on identical operating conditions.) Below this figure. and entropy can be calculated. The temporal scale (max versus min) is small 114 . The local. enthalpy. and matrix temperature at periodic quasi-steady state. From these solutions. mass flux.3 Baseline Regenerator Solutions The regenerator model solves for density. 5. This illustrates the relative difference in the spatial and temporal scales for the density.

The mass flow rates (bottom left) are comparable in magnitude but with a noticeable phase shift. the temperature 115 . Cycle Time [radians] 3 Velocity [m/s] vs.04 0. The velocity at the cold end is much smaller than the velocity at the warm end due to the large density difference.005 0.015 0. Density [kg/m ] vs. Pressure is totally driven by the mass flow boundary conditions (or vise versa with pressure boundary conditions.025 Velocity [m/s] vs. Cycle Time [radians] 5 15 0 10 5 0 0.) The pressure wave is attenuated and shifted in phase as it passes through the regenerator.2 0 -0.005 0. The middle plots are max and min of density and velocity.8 0 0. The temperature field is calculated from the density and total energy using the appropriate caloric equation of state (ideal or real gas. Cycle Time [radians] -5 0.) In this problem.025 3 2.005 0.01 0.02 0. Cycle Time [radians] 0.03 0.05 0.4 Pressure [MPa] vs.015 0.01 0. Both of these phenomenon are measured in the apparatus.015 0. Pressure and mass flow phase shifts are apparent.02 0.05 0 3.5 0 0.compares to the spatial scale (cold end versus warm end.5 3.02 0.03 0.02 0.01 0.04 0.) The velocity is given similar treatment. Position [m] 15 0 10 5 0 Mass Flow Rate [g/s] vs.01 0.02 0.02 0.01 0.01 0.025 3 Density [kg/m ] vs.015 0.005 0. Position [m] rhomax rhomean rhomin -5 0 5 umax umean umin 0.025 Figure 37 – Solutions plotted versus time and position.

the enthalpy flux at the warm and cold end have extremely large amplitudes (1500 W and 116 .015 0. In the figure.025 Enthalpy flux [W] Temperature [K] 1000 500 0 -500 -1000 0 0.02 0.015 0.] Enthalpy flux [W] Temperature [K] 200 100 0 -100 -200 0 0. The flow reversal is also associated with the beginning of the expansion process which causes a reduction in the gas temperature.012 293. Matrix=b.is not specified on the boundaries.01 0. The predicted gas and matrix temperature waves at the warm and cold ends are shown in Figure 38.02 0. The gas temperature leads the matrix temperature.] Figure 38 – Boundary solutions for the gas and matrix temperatures and enthalpy flow rates.3202 Cold end temperatures . This is due to the reduction in the heat transfer coefficient at low velocities.5 293 292. Warm end temperatures .01 0.015 0.3045 79 78 77 76 75 74 0 0.5 292 291. as would be expected. Th=g phiTh=-75.005 0.02 0.015 0.02 0. The gas temperature has a distortion which occurs at the flow reversal. Tc=g phiTc=-115.005 0.2995 Warm end enthalpy flux phiHh=-2.005 0.5 0 0.025 Cycle time [sec.005 0.025 Cycle time [sec.01 0. Gas=r.01 0. The enthalpy is also calculated from the total energy and density. Matrix=b.025 Cold end enthalpy flux phiHc=-22. Gas=r.

300 W) compared to the DC component which is less than 2 W.03 0. The mean temperature profile for this baseline case is shown in Figure 39 in comparison to a linear profile. The temperature difference (Figure 40) is a critical aspect to the regenerator problem.01 0. It is this DC component which is critical to be able to predict accurately. This temperature difference is responsible for a large percentage of the regenerator loss.04 0. 117 . 280 260 240 Temperature [K] 220 200 180 160 140 120 100 80 0 0. It is this temperature profile which converges the solution to periodic quasi-steady state.02 0. The temperature difference is noticeably smaller at the cold end due to considerably larger mean Reynolds number at the cold end as shown in Figure 41.05 Position [m] Figure 39 – Cycle-averaged gas temperature (red) versus a linear profile (blue).

03 Figure 40 – Temperature difference versus position (multiple lines) and time.5 0 0. the net mass flow rate is very small.02 Cycle Time [sec.0.4 -0.01 0.025 0.05 0.] 0. essentially numerical noise.2 -0.3 0. T-Tm [K] 0.5 0. The net enthalpy and heat fluxes due to conduction and dispersion are 118 .2 0.005 0.4 Temperature Difference.2.01 0.02 0. Figure 42 illustrates that at steady state.06 Figure 41 – Mean Reynolds Number 5.015 0.3 -0.4 First Law Results Cycle averaging of the solutions during postprocessing provides the most important aspects of the solution such as the net mass flow rate and enthalpy flow rate.1 0 -0.03 Position [m] 0.04 0.1 -0. 62 60 58 Mean Reynolds Number 56 54 52 50 48 46 44 42 0 0.

0. 119 .5 0 Cycle-averaged mass flow [g/s] -0.01 0.03 Position 0.04 0. Regenerator total energy flow is constant along regenerator.5 -2 -2.not zero and are shown in Figure 43.06 Figure 43 – Cycle-averaged energy flows.02 0.03 Position 0.5 -3 x 10 -6 -3.04 0. 1600 Cycle-averaged energy flows [mW] 1400 Total H 1200 1000 800 600 400 200 0 0 0.05 0.5 -1 -1.01 0. The critical point is that the total energy flux through the regenerator is constant.06 Figure 42 – Cycle-averaged mass flow rate.05 Qg Qm 0.02 0.5 0 0.

015 0. Since the dispersion is proportional to the Peclet number.01 0. The entropy generation due to viscous and inertial losses is the dominant source.02 0 0 0.5 Second Law Results Entropy generation is calculated in postprocessing as well.5.03 kg entropy generation rate [W/m-K] 0.2. and entropy generation due to conduction and dispersion in the gas (bottom). Multiple curves represent different locations in the regenerator. but it is the dominant contributor to regenerator net enthalpy flow.12 0.1 0.005 0.04 0.03 Figure 44 – Entropy generation due to viscous and inertial losses (top). contributing almost 80% of the total available energy loss in this case. The matrix conduction only shows slight oscillation. The individual sources of entropy generation are illustrated in Figure 44 and Figure 45 as functions of position and time.02 0.08 0.015 0. it is oscillatory as can be seen.005 0.025 0.06 0. plotted versus cycle time.025 0. The entropy generation due to the gas conduction and dispersion is characteristically different than the entropy generation due to the matrix conduction. The entropy generation due to interfacial heat transfer is the second largest contributor to available energy loss. 120 . dP entropy generation rate [W/m-K] 5 4 3 2 1 0 -1 0 0.02 Cycle Time [sec] 0. Results for 400 mesh baseline case.01 0.

Results for 400 mesh baseline case.02 0. and entropy generation due to interfacial convection (bottom).025 0.6 0.05 0.2 0 0 0.005 0.4 1.km entropy generation rate [W/m-K] 0.02 Cycle Time [sec] 0.01 0.025 0.02 Total Viscous and inertial Gas conduction and dispersion Matrix conduction Interfacial convection 0.6 0.015 0.4 0. 2 1. 121 .015 0.01 0.5 0.7 0.03 Figure 45 – Entropy generation due to matrix conduction (top).1 0 0 0.03 h entropy generation rate [W/m-K] 0.02 0.04 0.8 0.03 Position [m] 0.4 0.015 0.01 0.06 Figure 46 – Cycle-averaged volumetric entropy generation rates plotted versus position in the regenerator.005 0.6 1. Results for 400 mesh baseline case.005 0 0 0.01 0.2 0.3 0.8 Entropy generation rate [W/m-K] 1.2 1 0.

but with a simplified model.Figure 46 provides an interesting picture of the entropy generation mechanisms. The REGEN seems to grossly over predict the total conduction which is counterintuitive since the model wholly neglects dispersion. The area under these curves represents the net total entropy generation. This produces a sharp corresponding increase in the enthalpy flux at the ends. From this. The Sage profiles correlate roughly with the Georgia Tech model which is the most visibly accurate. the net energy flow profiles can be constructed.6 Sage and REGEN Comparisons Sage provides the solution grid for the regenerator. All three models were run with identical inputs.000 cycles of simulation time which took several hours. REGEN3.) It models only the regenerator. The solution is still not satisfactorily converged as can be seen by the total energy flow profile which has a 10% variation along the regenerator. and profiles from a third model known as REGEN3. The total entropy generation has a surprising shape with a minimum in the interior of the regenerator.2. with units W/K. The Sage model apparently forces the matrix conduction flux to zero at the ends giving the profiles an abrupt transition at the ends.2. The profiles plotted for REGEN are after 100. 5.2 was developed at the National Institute of Standards and Technologies (NIST. the Georgia Tech model proposed in this thesis. The viscous ad inertial entropy generation decreases to almost nothing at the cold end. 122 . Figure 47 is a comparison of Sage. but the interfacial heat transfer component increases sharply at the cold end due to the 1/T nature.

01 0.2 0 Net energy flow [W] Sage h Sage q Sage h+q GT h+q GT q GT h REGEN h+q REGEN h REGEN q 0 0.03 0. The REGEN model as a result of this assumption produces a non-conservative scheme while the GT model solves a fully conservative set of equations. 123 . assumes that the pressure gradient is negligible. This may be the cause of the REGEN model not converging to a constant energy flow rate as seen in the figure. REGEN.04 0. The regenerator loss is seen to decrease with increasing cold end temperature. However.6 1.8 0. The effect of this error directly translates into an error in the net refrigeration prediction.4 0.2 1.4 1.6 0.8 1.02 0. this error is small in comparison to the uncertainty in the pulse tube net enthalpy flow. Table 5 is a summary of the comparison calculations with Sage. Sage predicts a moderately higher regenerator loss.05 Position [m] Figure 47 – Comparison of Sage-predicted regenerator loss versus GT model. The GT model does not make this assumption.2 1 0. This source of error is approximately 8%. as mentioned previously.

553 17. Ideally. 124 . Total lost power Lost power based on external calculation Lost power discrepancy Warm end pressure ratio Cold end pressure ratio Warm end pressure phase angle Cold end pressure phase angle 0.22 -43.9 19.747 19.17 0.0 -0. The sum of the internal entropy generation rates is then compared to the entropy generation rate determined by an external calculation.18 2. This discrepancy is then a measure of the accuracy of the numerical scheme. by summing the internal sources of entropy generation due to conduction.3 3.85 0.02 1.481% 1.2 19.060% 1.3 16.) This discrepancy is calculated.11 -63.012% 1.0 1.5 1.477 0.24 -45.734% 1.129 0.27 -62.4 16.2 -0.2 -0.0 1.618 0. due to numerical errors.30 1. integrating the entropy flux at the boundaries.5%.e.60 14.0 1.33 1.744 14.029% 1.84 15 3.1 -62. The Georgia Tech model demonstrates better available energy discrepancies (0.22 -43. these two methods of calculating the entropy generation rate are identical.5 1. and flow friction.0 1.1 SAGE 0.105 0.34 0. i.582 17.22 -42.9 -63.5 1.087 0. convection.1 17.Table 5 – Sage Comparison Summary Net refrigeration Regenerator Loss Viscous and inertial lost power Interfacial heat transfer lost power Gas conduction and dispersion lost power Matrix conduction lost power Total gas and matrix conduction and disp.33 1.2 17.381 0.8 GT 0.441 16.2 1. dispersion.21 -42. in both models.270% 1.1 1. these two methods will produce different results.73 15.24 -44.2 -0.713 18.4 0.4 -0.7 -63.87 0.03% versus 0.15 0. However.2 2.31 1.469 16.36 0.671 14.6 The available energy predictions correlate very well between the two models.30 1.54 14.4 -0.6 -62.31 1.

2.The GT model is an order of magnitude more accurate than the Sage model. The compressible model is the most realistic since this model predicts the increase in pore velocity as the pressure decreases in a steady flow test. The following section provides a discussion of the friction factor prediction from experimental data. leads to a density decrease for a gas flow.7 Permeability and Forchheimer Coefficient Predictions Chapter 2 introduced a method to predict the permeability and Forchheimer inertial coefficient using three analytical solutions to the continuity and momentum equations. The decrease in pressure.Table 8. The REGEN model does not provide this data. The mass flux at the ends are unknown experimentally. which occurs in incompressible flow as well. so the results of the Sage system level model are heavily relied upon for this information. Pressure ratios and phase angles correlate well with each other as well as with experimental data. The same predictions were made with the incompressible model. The pressure waves are sensitive to accurate modeling of the friction factor in the regenerator. The results of this methodology are presented in Table 6 . The GT model requires that the mass flux be specified at both ends. so a comparison cannot be made. These predictions made using a compressible model and are shown to be comparable to friction factors measured in oscillatory flow. The pressure waves which develop are an output from the model. The compressible inertial term is consistently 30% higher for all of the matrices tested while the permeability is 125 . 5. Ideally these pressure waves should match experimental data in both amplitude and phase.

at least for steady flow.376 0.21E-11 126 cf 0.91E-11 2.69E-11 3. The final comparison assesses the importance of the advective acceleration term in the momentum equation. Table 6 – Permeability and Forchheimer Coefficient (compressible model) 400 Mesh 325 Mesh Foam Metal 60 Micron 45 Micron K 2.407 0.21E-11 cf 0. is not necessary.53E-11 2.91E-11 2.69E-11 3.21E-11 cf 0.almost identical. This indicates that the inclusion of the advective acceleration term.407 0.376 0.308 0. Both the permeability and inertial coefficient are identical for all of the matrices tested.372 0.91E-11 2.445 0.179 Table 8 – Permeability and Forchheimer Coefficient (neglecting advective acceleration) 400 Mesh 325 Mesh Foam Metal 60 Micron 45 Micron K 2.260 0.80E-11 4.80E-11 4.372 0.257 0.80E-11 4.445 0.69E-11 3.53E-11 2. The permeabilities should be identical since this parameter characterizes the low Reynolds number regime of the flow where compressibility is much less important.53E-11 2.259 .282 0.259 Table 7 – Permeability and Forchheimer Coefficient (incompressible model) 400 Mesh 325 Mesh Foam Metal 60 Micron 45 Micron K 2.

There is only a slight deviation in the two friction factors at high Reynolds number. The friction factor. 127 . The friction factor and Reynolds number.A comparison of the friction factor predicted from measurements using 400 mesh yield close agreement with the friction factor used in Sage as shown in Figure 48. The length scale used in Sage is a hydraulic diameter based on an approximate geometrical definition which depends on the porosity and the wire diameter in the case of screens. The friction factor and Reynolds number are defined using different length scales in Sage. The compressible model provides more motivation that this hypothesis is true. heat transfer coefficient. use the permeability length scale which is measured experimentally. as defined in Chapter 3. and dispersion coefficient for screens and felts were measured using an oscillatory flow test rig. It is suspected that the friction factor depends only on the microscale geometry while the flow friction depends on the actual macroscopic flow field and fluid properties. in hopes of gaining some improved predictions (19). It is obvious from this comparison that the flow oscillations may not be nearly as important as the compressibility. This is interesting in light of the methodology in which the Sage friction factors were measured.

1E+04 f_GT 1E+03 f_sage*K1/ f Sage 2/(2*dh) h 2d Friction Factor 1E+02 K 1/ 2 1E+01 1E+00 1E-01 1E-03 1E-02 1E-01 1E+00 1E+01 Reynolds Number 1E+02 1E+03 Figure 48 – Friction factor comparison for 400 mesh screens 128 .

CHAPTER 6 6. CONCLUSIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS
6.1 Conclusions The governing equations for the flow and heat transfer which hold for a point in space and time were volume-averaged, producing a set of continuum equations for the porous regenerator. These equations contained several source terms which represent the viscous and inertial friction, gas-to-matrix heat transfer, and thermal dispersion. Several additional terms were neglected based on scaling arguments. The simplified equations describe unsteady compressible flow and heat transfer in a porous medium. The dimensionless regenerator model was found to depend on two leading order dimensionless parameters and two second order parameters. These parameters indicate that the second order diffusion terms are small and should not be used as justification for requiring additional boundary conditions. The resulting problem requires only two mass flow boundary conditions and an appropriate method for finding the quasi-steady initial condition. The oscillatory regenerator flow solution was found to depend strongly on the mean temperature profile. Finding this mean profile with a semi-analytical technique allows the solution to be advanced in time much faster than with direct simulation. This provides a huge computational advantage.

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To validate the numerical method, an exact solution was found which required additional source terms to be added to the governing equations. The numerical solution agreed with the exact solution within O(10-6) normalized errors. A method for experimentally testing a cryocooler regenerator has been developed. Pressure waves are measured at the warm ends of the regenerator/pulse tube. The net refrigeration is measured with an applied heat load over a range of refrigeration temperatures. A data acquisition system provides the ability to make high speed

measurements and for test control. Six regenerators were tested with a near-identical apparatus: 400 mesh, 325 mesh, 60 and 45 micron perforated disks, foam metal, and diced foam metal. An additional 30 micron perforated disk regenerator is planned for testing. An optional glass fiber regenerator was investigated but abandoned due to manufacturability and reliability issues. System level modeling gives detailed insight into the regenerator operation. Matching the measured pressure amplitudes and phases in addition to the measured net refrigeration with the system level model allows the regenerator boundary conditions to be extracted. The steady, compressible flow friction factor measurement using an analytical solution matches with that measured in oscillating flow. The higher friction factor is apparently due to the velocity acceleration which occurs with a gas flowing through a porous media at high Reynolds number; it does not appear to depend on the flow unsteadiness which several investigators have claimed.

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6.2 Contributions Beginning with the most significant contributions first, the application of the volume averaging technique to the regenerator problem is the most noteworthy. This approach removes the ambiguity which has existed in the regenerator literature for decades. While the simplifications which were made reduce the problem to a similar formulation found in the literature, the framework for future refinements and investigations are solidly laid. The numerical solution of the one dimensional model using a conservative scheme is a significant contribution. This method is more accurate and reliable than any existing method in the open literature due to the direct solution of a conservative system of equations with a conservative numerical scheme. The lack of assumptions make this model a test case for other models such as REGEN and Sage. Sage is a valuable system level model, but the regenerator poses the largest source of irreversibility in the entire cryocooler system. As a result, any inaccuracies in the regenerator can manifest

themselves as large net refrigeration errors. Having an accurate prediction tool allows the Sage model to be verified. The test apparatus and accompanying data acquisition system represents six years of effort. The diagnostic capability of the system allows for real time data analysis. Optimizing the cryocooler operation is assisted by data averaging, filtering, and trending. Troubleshooting is much improved. With the addition of the Sage system level modeling tool, experimentation and simulation can occur simultaneously giving the researcher the ability to immediately understand the effect of a change in the operating conditions. 131

The strict assumptions under which these simplifications are allowed may not be exactly true in the case of fully compressible flow with the large temperature and density variations which are observed in the regenerator. The simulation consisted of constructing a solid model for a representative. A demonstration calculation was performed using Fluent. direct. periodic cell of the porous media. pore-scale numerical simulations could be made to evaluate the surface integrals and assess the effect of the flow oscillations. These types of simulations have been made for steady flow. A possible discrepancy which the simplifications produce is due to the flow reversals which are occurring in the regenerator. These simulations were performed for steady flow only. The form of the surface integrals representing the friction factor and heat transfer correlations reduced to familiar forms. flow. or even unsteady. While it is more likely that the friction factor depends only on the microscale geometry.6. which is a commercially available computational fluid dynamics software suite. Investigators have long supposed that the friction factor and heat transfer correlations from steady measurements deviate for oscillating flow. Figure 49 and Figure 50 show some preliminary results of this type of simulation.3 Future Work The volume-averaged equations were simplified in a manner which reduced the macroscopic equations to a form which could be solved. but none have been seen in the literature for oscillating. 132 . A steady flow through the mesh was then simulated. Oscillating flow simulations are eventually a possibility. in this case wire mesh.

Demonstration calculation for flow through wire mesh screens. oscillating flow and heat transfer can be modeled. importantly. The surface and volume integrals representing the friction factor. Visualization of pathlines.Figure 49 . Visualization of surface pressure Figure 50 – Demonstration calculation for flow through wire mesh screens. 133 More . heat transfer coefficient and dispersion coefficient can be evaluated knowing the pore scale flow.

but the axial velocity does not have an obvious boundary condition at the wall (if one is required at all. Proper system design should alleviate these problems. For most random media. but it is not possible at this point to model such a phenomenon. the wall boundary conditions would need to be established. For such a model. but a model capable of capturing these effects would be useful. apparently. the friction factor could be assumed. Improved instrumentation 134 . Kornhauser and Smith made this realization and adopted a complex Nusselt number to model this phenomenon. especially the frequency. the heat transfer coefficient does depend on the flow. The radial velocity would obviously be zero at the wall. In light of the Reynold’s Analogy. The macroscopic regenerator flow is commonly assumed to be one-dimensional although several investigators have noticed definite deviations. initially. to be constant in the radial direction. These deviations are assumed to dramatically deteriorate the regenerator performance. The jet should be dispersed rapidly.Admittedly.) This needs to be studied carefully. an additional radial coordinate. Several improvements to the test apparatus will represent a significant augmentation in ability to research more advanced concepts. Such a model would require. stagnation zones due to flow asymmetry. as a minimum. the friction factor may also exhibit a similar effect at some frequency limit. Newton’s Law of Cooling fails to hold due to significant phase shifting between the bulk temperature and the interfacial temperature. Small aspect ratio regenerators have lead to thermal instability problems producing. For “significantly high” frequencies. The flow passage geometry leading into the regenerator will typically create a jet.

135 . inertance tubes. This is an important piece of data not currently available. These LVDTs are used to measure the piston position as a function of time. heat exchangers. pulse tubes. Compressor LVDTs are a necessity for continued testing. the mechanical input PV power can be calculated. It is possible to make modular components such as regenerators. A larger vacuum dewar will allow for calorimetric heat exchanger measurements to be made which will provide better system level understanding. This is increasingly important for multistage cryocoolers. This gives more flexibility to investigate new concepts without redesigning the entire system.such as piezoelectric pressure transducers will greatly affect the reliability of the test results. Anemometers can be designed with low helium leakage and can be operated in cryogenic regions as well providing mass flow and temperature measurements. instrumentation blocks. With this information. surge volumes. These piezoelectric pressure transducers which do not require the repeated calibration and are less affected by temperature can be used in the cryogenic regions of the cooler allowing for direct measurement of the pressure. etc.

the averaging theorems and principles are discussed. (A1-1) A property in the α-phase. in the porous media is written as a function of space and time as 136 . Consider for example. At the outset. a porous media with a single fluid phase. A1. β such as the system illustrated in Figure 4. The generalized governing equations of mass conservation. an arbitrarily given volume.APPENDIX 1 – DERIVATION OF THE VOLUME-AVERAGED GOVERNING EQUATIONS A1. at a given position.1 Volume Averaging Theory The method of volume averaging is applied to the governing equations for flow in a porous media. The only assumptions that are made initially are that the two phases do not react chemically with eachother and that the no-slip assumption at the fluid-solid interface is valid. Then the total volume. α. V(t) is given as V (t ) = Vα (t ) + Vβ (t ). x. and a single solid phase.1 Definitions Within a porous media. can contain portions of different phases of material.1. ωα. V. momentum balance and energy conservation are developed for a single fluid phase flowing and interacting with a single stationary solid (matrix) phase.

as εα = Vα . (A1-4) By defining the volume fraction or porosity of the β-phase. t ) = ωα . it is necessary to note a few theorems that relate averages of derivatives to derivatives of averages. momentum. 137 . the phase average is ωα = 1 V ∫ ω dV . ωα ( x β . i. The reader is referred to the literature for proofs of these theorems (67.ωα ( xα . Explicitly. 68).    1  1 1 ωα dV =  ωα dV + ωα dV  = = Vα V Vα  Vα  Vα V 1β2 3  4 4  =0   ωα α ∫ ∫ ∫ ∫ω Vα α dV . α V (A1-3) The intrinsic phase average is the volumetric average of a property over the phase volume. These theorems are given without proof. V (A1-5) the phase average and intrinsic phase average can be related by ωα = ε α ωα . α (A1-6) To transform the governing equations of mass. and energy for the porous media. t ) = 0. where the subscript on the position vector indicates the phase at that position. εα.e. (A1-2) The phase average of a property is defined as the volumetric average over the total volume.

3 Spatial Averaging Theorem The volume average of a spatial derivative is related to the spatial derivative of an average by the Spatial Averaging Theorem given by ∇ωα = ∇ ωα + 1 V ∫ nα ωα dS . ∂t ∂t (A1-9) A1. 138 . then vα Aαβ = vβ Aαβ ⇒ wαβ = 0 (A1-8) This result requires the surface integral in Equation (A2-7) to be zero. and this leads to a simplified transport theorem valid for a no-slip porous media given by ∂ωα ∂ = ωα . (A1-10) Aαβ This transformation generates an additional term represented by the surface integral even for a no-slip porous media.2 Transport Theorem The volume average of a temporal derivative is related to the temporal derivative of an average by the Transport Theorem given by 1 ∂ωα ∂ = ωα − ∂t ∂t V ∫ω Aαβ α wαβ ⋅ nα dS (A1-7) where Aαβ is the area of the α-β interface in V. wαβ is the velocity of the α-β interfacial surface in V.1. and nα is the unit normal vector on the α-β interface pointing into the βphase. If the no-slip assumption is valid.1.A1. This additional term represents a macroscopic contribution caused be the microscopic interaction of the two phases.

4 Modified Averaging Theorem Equation (A2-10) can be modified by application of Equation (A2-6). (A1-12) The intrinsic average that appears in the first surface integral is essentially constant over the surface (42). As a result. Note that ∇ωα = ∇ ε α ωα = ε α ∇ ωα = ε α ∇ ωα ( α 1 )+ V ∫ n ω dS α α Aαβ α + ωα + ωα α ∇ε α + ∇ε α α α ∫ 1 + n V∫ 1 V Aαβ Aαβ nα ωα ( α ˆ + ωα dS 1 V ) (A1-11) α ωα dS + α ∫ n ωˆ dS α α Aαβ ˆ where ωα is the deviation of ωα from its intrinsic phase average defined by ˆ ωα = ωα − ωα α . Note that several consequences arise from this 139 .A1. the intrinsic average can be removed from the surface integral giving ∇ωα = ε α ∇ ωα α + ωα α ∇ε α + ωα α 1 1 nα dS + V Aαβ V 1 24 4 3 −∇εα ∫ ∫ ˆ nα ωα dS Aαβ (A1-13) = ε α ∇ ωα α + 1 V ∫ ∫ ˆ nα ωα dS Aαβ This leads to the Modified Averaging Theorem given by ∇ωα = ε α ∇ ωα α + 1 V ˆ nα ωα dS (A1-14) Aαβ This is referred to as the scale decomposition since the parameter is decomposed into a macroscopic and microscopic component.1.

we will assume that the no-slip assumption is valid at the fluid solid interface. the deviation can be non-zero. but in the β-phase. ∂t (A1-16) In developing this volume-averaged equation. ∂t ∂t Definition (A2-6) can be used to obtain (A1-17) 140 . this term is identically zero by Equation (A2-2). Also note that ˆ ˆ ωα = ωα α = 0. We will also neglect gradients in the porosity. In doing so. (A1-15) These principles and theorems can now be applied to the governing equations to develop a generalized set of averaged governing equations. Application of the Transport Theorem (A2-9) to the first term in Equation (A2-16) yields ∂ ∂ρα = ρα . First. The result is the production of various terms representing the microscale influence on the macroscopic flow.2 Application to the Governing Equations The preceding volume averaging theorems can now be applied to the governing equations.1 Volume-Averaged Conservation of Mass Equation The phase average of Equation (2-13) is r ∂ρα + ∇ ⋅ (ρα uα ) = 0.2.term. A1. the continuum flow which exists at the microscopic level is transformed into a continuum flow at the macroscopic level. in the α-phase. A1.

141 . 2 3 εα ∂4 3 t 1 24 144 44 14 244 4 3 convection accumulation mass dispersion ( ) (A1-22) This volume-averaged form of the continuity equation contains an additional term which was not in the point equations. ∂t ∂t (A1-18) Application of the Averaging Theorem (A2-10) to the second term in Equation (A2-16) yields r r 1 ∇ ⋅ (ρα uα ) = ∇ ⋅ ρα uα + V ∫ r nα ⋅ ρα uα dS . This term represents the dispersive mass transport.∂ρα ∂ α = εα ρα . This is a generalized continuity equation for 3-D flow in a porous media. (A1-19) Aαβ The surface integral in the last equation evaluates to zero due to the no slip assumption reducing the equation to r r ∇ ⋅ (ρα uα ) = ∇ ⋅ ρα uα . the volume-averaged continuity equation becomes r ∂ 1 α α r α ˆ ˆ ρα + ∇ ⋅ ρα uα + ∇ ⋅ ρα uα = 0. (A1-20) Definitions (A2-12) and (A2-15) can be used to obtain r ∇ ⋅ (ρα uα ) = ε α ∇ ⋅ ρα ( α r uα α )+ ∇ ⋅ ρˆ urˆ α α . (A1-21) Thus. The momentum equation can be averaged in the same manner.

r (A1-26) The Averaging Theorem (A2-10) can be applied to the second term in Equation (A2-23) to obtain r r r r ∇ ⋅ (ρα uα uα ) = ∇ ⋅ ρα uα uα .A1.2 Volume-Averaged Balance of Momentum Equation The phase average of Equation (2-14) is r r r r r ∂ (ρα uα ) + ∇ ⋅ (ρα uα uα ) + ∇pα − 1 ∇(µα ∇ ⋅ uα ) − ∇ ⋅ (µα ∇uα ) = 0. ∂t 3 (A1-23) As with the continuity equation. we will assume that the no-slip assumption is valid and that gradients of the porosity are negligible. (A1-28) 142 .2. r r Definitions (A2-12) and (A2-15) can be used to expand ρα uα uα to the form (A1-27) ρα uα uα = ε α ρα r r α r uα α r uα α + ρα α r r r ˆ ˆ uα uα + uα α α ˆ ˆ ρα uα r r r ˆ ˆ + ρα uα uα Thus Equation (A2-27) becomes r r ˆ ˆ ˆ + ρα uα uα . ∂t ∂t (A1-24) Definitions (A2-12) and (A2-15) can be used to obtain ρα uα = ε α ρα r α r uα α r ˆ ˆ + ρα uα . Application of the Transport Theorem (A210) to the first term in Equation (A2-23) yields r r ∂ (ρα uα ) = ∂ ρα uα . (A1-25) Substitution of Equation (A2-25) into Equation (A2-24) yields r ∂ (ρα uα ) = ε α ∂ ρα ∂t ∂t ( α r uα α )+ ∂∂t ˆ ˆ ρα uα .

and the last term in Equation (A2-23) can be written as r r 1 ∇ ⋅ (µα ∇uα ) = ∇ ⋅ (µα ∇uα ) + V ∫ + µα nα ⋅ ∇uα dS . evaluates to zero by the no-slip assumption Aαβ which simplifies the last equation to r r ∇ ⋅ (µα ∇uα ) = ε α ∇ ⋅ µα ∇ uα ( α 1 )+ V ∫ µ n Aαβ α α r ⋅ ∇uα dS (A1-33) which can be expanded to 143 . The viscosity can be considered to be constant within the averaging volume. α α α α α α (A1-29) The Modified Averaging Theorem (A2-14) can be applied to the third term in Equation (A2-23) to produce ∇pα = ε α ∇ pα α + 1 V ∫ ˆ nα pα dS . 1 V α 1 V ∫  1 r ˆ nα uα dS   +  V Aαβ  ∫ µα nα ⋅ ∇uα dS .r r ∇ ⋅ (ρα uα uα ) = ε α ∇ ⋅ ρα ( α r uα α r uα α )+ ∇ ⋅ ( ρ α α r ˆ ˆ + ∇ ⋅ ρα uα ( r r r ˆ ˆ uα uα + ∇ ⋅ uα α α ) ( ρˆ urˆ ) r r r ˆ ˆ ˆ u )+ ∇ ⋅ ρ u u . r (A1-31) Aαβ Applying the modified averaging theorem again produces   r r ∇ ⋅ (µα ∇uα ) = ∇ ⋅  µα ε α ∇ uα     Again the surface integral. r (A1-32) Aαβ ∫ r ˆ nα uα dS . (A1-30) Aαβ Now proceed to expand the viscous terms in Equation (A2-23).

The final form of the viscous term is r r ∇ ⋅ (µα ∇uα ) = ε α ∇ ⋅ µα ∇ uα ( α 1 )+ V ∫ µ n Aαβ α α r ˆ ⋅ ∇uα dS . (A1-35) The compressible viscous term in Equation (A2-23) can similarly be expanded to r r 1 ε ∇(µα ∇ ⋅ uα ) = α ∇ µα ∇ ⋅ uα 3 3 ( α 1 )+ V ∫ µα 3 r ˆ nα ∇ ⋅ uα dS . (A2-30). (A1-36) Aαβ Substitution of Equations (A2-26). r r In the last step. We can take advantage of the continuity equation (A2-22) to rewrite the momentum equation in weak conservation form as 144 . (A2-36). and (A2-34) into Equation (A2-23) yields ∂ α r α α r α r α ρα uα + ∇ ⋅ ρα uα uα + ∇ pα ∂t r  r   ~ 1 µ ˆ ˆ ˆ + nα ⋅  I  pα − α ∇ ⋅ uα  − µα ∇uα  dS 3 Vα Aαβ     ( ) ( ) α r 1 − ∇ µα ∇ ⋅ uα 3 ( α )− ∇ ⋅ (µ ∇ ur ) α α α ∫ r 1 ∂ 1 α ˆ ˆ + ρα uα + ∇ ⋅ ρα ε α ∂t εα r r α 1 1 ˆ ˆ + ∇ ⋅ ρα uα uα + ∇ ⋅ ( r r r 1 ˆ ˆ uα uα + ∇ ⋅ uα ) εα ( ) εα ( α r ˆ ˆ ρα uα ) (A1-37) εα ˆ ˆ ˆ ρα uα uα = 0. r (A1-34) Aαβ The first surface integral also evaluates to zero if the porosity is constant.r r ∇ ⋅ (µα ∇uα ) = ε α ∇ ⋅ µα ∇ uα ( α ) α 1 + V ∫ r 1 µα nα ⋅ ∇ uα dS + V Aαβ ∫ ˆ µα nα ⋅ ∇uα dS . three surface integrals were combined and the whole equation was divided by porosity. (A2-29).

∂t (A1-39) The same assumptions for no-slip and gradients of porosity will be applied to the energy equation as well. Application of the averaging theorems to the accumulation term in Equation (A2-39) yields ∂ ρα eα ∂ (ρα eα ) = ∂t ∂t = εα ∂ ρα ( α eα α ∂t ) + ∂ ρˆ eˆ ∂t r uα α α (A1-40) α α .2. (A1-41) Finally. Application of the averaging theorems to the convection term in Equation (A2-39) yields r ∇ ⋅ (ρα uα hα ) = ε α ∇ ⋅ ρα r ˆ ˆ + ∇ ⋅ ρα uα hα ( ( α )+ ∇ ⋅ ρˆ urˆ hˆ hα α )+ ∇ ⋅ ( ρˆ urˆ α α α α α hα α )+ ∇ ⋅ ( ρ α α r ˆ ˆ uα hα ) .ρα + 1 Vα α ∂ r uα ∂t α + ρα α r uα α r ⋅ ∇ uα α + ∇ pα α r 1 − ∇ µα ∇ ⋅ uα 3 ( α )− ∇ ⋅ (µ ∇ ur ) α α α ∫ r  r   ~ µ ˆ ˆ ˆ nα ⋅  I  pα − α ∇ ⋅ uα  − µα ∇uα  dS 3     Aαβ r 1 ∂ 1 α ˆ ˆ + ρα uα + ∇ ⋅ ρα ε α ∂t εα r r α 1 1 ˆ ˆ ρα uα ⋅ ∇ uα + ∇ ⋅ + ( r r r 1 ˆ ˆ uα uα + ∇ ⋅ uα ) εα ( α r ˆ ˆ ρα uα ) (A1-38) εα εα ˆ ˆ ˆ ρα uα uα = 0. the conduction term in Equation (A2-39) can be simplified to 145 . r r A1.3 Volume-Averaged α-Phase Conservation of Energy Equation The phase average of Equation (2-15) is r ∂ (ρα eα ) + ∇ ⋅ (ρα uα hα ) − ∇ ⋅ (kα ∇Tα ) = 0.

(A2-41). Substituting Equations (A2-40).2.− ∇ ⋅ (kα ∇Tα ) = −∇ ⋅ [kα ∇Tα ] −   = −∇ ⋅ kα  ε α ∇ Tα     1 V α ∫ n ⋅ k ∇T dS  1 1 ˆ n T dS  − n ⋅ k ∇T dS .4 Volume-Averaged β-Phase Conservation of Energy Equation The phase average of Equation (2-16) is ( ρc v ) β ∂Tβ ∂t − ∇ ⋅ (k β ∇Tβ ) = 0 (A1-44) which can be readily simplified to (ρcv )β 1 − Vβ ∂ Tβ ∂t β   − ∇ ⋅ k β  ∇ Tβ     β + 1 Vβ ∫  ˆ nβ Tβ dS   Aαβ  ∫ (A1-45) nβ ⋅ k β ∇Tβ dS = 0. and (A2-42) into Equation (A2-39) gives ∂ ρα ( α eα α ∂t − + 1 1 εα V 1 )+ ∇⋅( ρ α α r uα α hα α ∫ ( nα ⋅ kα ∇Tα dS + α Aαβ εα ∇ ⋅ ρα r ˆ r 1 ˆ ˆ ˆ uα hα + ∇ ⋅ ρα uα hα ) ˆ ˆ 1 ∂ ρα eα εα ∂t   r 1 ˆ ˆ + ∇ ⋅ ρα uα hα α )− ε1 ∇ ⋅ k  ε ∇ T α α  α α + 1 V ∫ εα ( εα ( α )  ˆ nα Tα dS   Aαβ  (A1-43) α )+ ε1 ∇ ⋅ ρˆ urˆ hˆ α α α α = 0. Aαβ 146 . +  V ∫ V∫  α α α Aαβ (A1-42) α α α α α Aαβ Aαβ The last step in Equation (A2-42) involves decomposing the point temperature according to the decomposition definition. A1.

(A1-48) Using Fourier’s Law. Now applying the averaging theorems to the second term on the right of Equation (A2-46) representing the convection of entropy gives r ∇ ⋅ (ρα sα uα ) = ε α ∇ ⋅ ρα r ˆ ˆ + ∇ ⋅ ρα uα sα ( ( α sα α α )+ ∇ ⋅ ρˆ sˆ urˆ r uα α )+ ∇ ⋅ ( ρˆ sˆ α α α α α r uα α )+ ∇ ⋅ ( ρ α α r ˆ ˆ sα uα ) .5 Volume-Averaged α-Phase Entropy Generation Equation The phase average of Equation (2-17) is s′′′ . the no-slip assumption is valid at the fluid solid interface.A1. the third term on the right of Equation (A2-46) can be expanded to  k ∇T − ∇ ⋅ α α   Tα   ∇Tα  1  = −∇ ⋅ kα −  Tα  V   ∫ nα ⋅ Aαβ kα ∇Tα dS Tα (A1-49) Substituting Equation (A2-47) through Equation (A2-49) into Equation (A2-46) produces 147 . α α In developing this volume-averaged equation. T  ∂t  α (A1-46) The first term on the right in Equation (A2-46) representing the time rate of change of entropy can be expanded to obtain ∂ ρ α sα ∂ ( ρ α sα ) = ∂t ∂t = εα ∂ ρα ( α sα α ∂t ) + ∂ ρˆ sˆ ∂t (A1-47) . Gradients in the porosity will also be neglected.2.α = gen r q  r ∂ (ρα sα ) + ∇ ⋅ (ρα sα uα ) + ∇ ⋅  α  ≥ 0.

′ sα′′.2. 148 . The details of this simplification are the subject of Chapter 2. the equations do not present a tractable problem.6 Volume-Averaged β-Phase Entropy Generation Equation The phase average of Equation (2-18) is s′′′. Eventually. gen = β ∂ (ρ β sβ ) ∂t r  qβ + ∇ ⋅ T  β   ≥0   (A1-51) which can be readily expanded to s′′′. these equations will be represented entirely in terms of volume averaged quantities. gen α = ∂ ρα ( α sα α α + ∇ ⋅ ρα + − 1 ( ∂t sα ) + 1 ∂ ρˆ sˆ εα ∂t α α α r uα α α εα 1 r ˆ ˆ ∇ ⋅ ρα uα sα ( )+ ε )+ ε1 ∇ ⋅ ( ρˆ sˆ α α α r uα α )+ ε1 ∇ ⋅ ( ρ α α α r ˆ ˆ sα uα ) (A1-50) 1 α r ˆ ˆ ˆ ∇ ⋅ ρα sα uα nα ⋅ kα ∇Tα dS Tα  ∇Tα  1 ∇ ⋅ kα − εα Tα  Vα  ∫ Aαβ A1. In the present form. gen β β = ρβ ∂ sβ ∂t β −  ∇Tβ ∇ ⋅ k β εβ Tβ   1  1 −  Vβ  ∫ nβ ⋅ k β ∇Tβ Tβ dS (A1-52) Aαβ The volume averaged equations have been developed in sufficiently generalized form.

APPENDIX 2 – DERIVATION OF DIFFERENTIATION OPERATORS USING MATLAB Spatial differentiation can be expressed as a linear operator using a variety of discrete differentiation schemes. but the fourth order provided more accuracy. It is possible to construct upwind or biased difference operators. It was noticed that the second order central operators were more stable than fourth order. In this research.e  ∂ 2a   2  ≅ Dij (D jk ak )  ∂x   i (A2-2) These operators can be of variable order or method. i. Second order central and fourth order central differences were employed. a. Higher order differentiation can be performed using either a higher order operator or via recursive operations. can be calculated as  ∂a    ≅ Dij a j  ∂x i (A2-1) where Dij is the linear differentiation operator. These gave little success for this problem. the ith derivative of a quantity. In general. 149 . it was found that central finite difference operators performed well due to the diffusive nature of the continuity equation.

. + 1! i 2! i 3! i 4! i ui − 2 = ui (− 2∆x )1 u (1) + (− 2∆x )2 u (2 ) + (− 2∆x )3 u (3) + (− 2∆x )4 u (4 ) + . the three point central differences for the first and second derivative are formed by taking a linear series of the i+1 and i-1 points: aui −1 = aui + a (− 1∆x )1 u (1) + a (− 1∆x )2 u (2 ) + O (∆x 3 ) 1! i 2! i (A2-4) bui +1 = bui + b (+ 1∆x )1 u (1) + b (+ 1∆x )2 u (2 ) + O (∆x 3 ) 1! i 2! i (A2-5) Summing the three-point approximation equations gives 150 ..Any finite difference operator can be constructed by forming a Taylor series expansion: ui − n = ui M (− n∆x )1 u (1) + (− n∆x )2 u (2 ) + (− n∆x )3 u (3) + (− n∆x )4 u (4 ) + ... + 1! i 2! i 3! i 4! i ui + n = ui + (+ n∆x )1 u (1) + (+ n∆x )2 u (2 ) + (+ n∆x )3 u (3) + (+ n∆x )4 u (4 ) + ... the desired operator can be created... + 1! i 2! i 3! i 4! i ui +1 = ui (+ 1∆x )1 u (1) + (+ 1∆x )2 u (2 ) + (+ 1∆x )3 u (3) + (+ 1∆x )4 u (4 ) + .... For example. 1! i 2! i 3! i 4! i (A2-3) By forming a truncated linear series. + 1! i 2! i 3! i 4! i ui −1 = ui (− 1∆x )1 u (1) + (− 1∆x )2 u (2 ) + (− 1∆x )3 u (3) + (− 1∆x )4 u (4 ) + . + 1! i 2! i 3! i 4! i ui + 2 = ui M (+ 2∆x )1 u (1) + (+ 2∆x )2 u (2 ) + (+ 2∆x )3 u (3) + (+ 2∆x )4 u (4 ) + ..

The end node approximations are calculated using biased formulae.aui −1 − (a + b )ui + bui +1 = (− 1) a + (1) b 1 1 [ ] ∆1x ! 1 ui + (− 1) a + (1) b (1) 2 2 [ ] ∆2x! 2 ui (2 ) + O (∆x 3 ) (A2-6) which can be solved for the first and second derivatives.  = 2 ∆x 2 2 2 (− 1) (− 1) a + (1) b 2! [ ] (1)1  a  = 0 .  2 ∆x 1 1 1 (− 1) (− 1) a + (1) b 1! [ ] (1)1  a  = 1 (1)2  b  0     (A2-7) ui (2 )  (− 1)1 au i −1 − (a + b )u i + bu i +1 1 + O ( ∆x ) . (1)2  b 1     (A2-8) The matrix equations are chosen such that the unwanted derivatives are eliminated. ui (1)  (− 1)1 aui −1 − (a + b )ui + bui +1 2 = + O ( ∆x ) . For i=1 u 2 = u1 (+ 1∆x )1 u (1) + (+ 1∆x )2 u (2 ) + O (∆x 3 ) + 1! 1 2! 1 (A2-9) u 3 = u1 (+ 2∆x )1 u (1) + (+ 2∆x )2 u (2 ) + O (∆x 3 ) + 1! 1 2! 1 (A2-10) summing − (a + b )u1 + au2 + bu3 = [a(+ 1) + b(+ 2) ](∆1x! ) u ( ) + [a(+ 1) + b(+ 2) ](∆2x!) u ( ) + O(∆x ) 1 1 1 1 2 2 2 2 3 1 1 (A2-11) which can be solved for both the first and second order approximations as 151 .

the operators are − 3 4 − 1 1  = 1 −1 0  2∆x  1 −4 3    ( D21) (A2-16) and 1 − 2 1 1  = 2 1 − 2 1 . (2)2  b 1     (A2-12) u1 (2 ) = 2 [a(+ 1) + b(+ 2) ] (∆x ) 2 2 − (a + b )u1 + au 2 + bu 3 2! (A2-13) Similarly.  ∆x 1 − 2 1   D ( 2) 2 (A2-17) These operators are both O(∆x2) accuracy. the formulae for i=n are un (1) = − (a + b )u n + au n −1 + bu n − 2 1 [a(− 1) + b(− 2) ] (∆x ) 1 1  (− 1)1 + O (∆x ) .  2 (1)  (1)1 + O (∆x ). These are given as 152 .u1 (1) = (∆x )1 [a(+ 1) + b(+ 2) ] 1 1 − (a + b )u1 + au 2 + bu 3 1!  (1)1 + O (∆x 2 ) . (− 2 )2  b  1     (A2-14) 1! un (2 ) = − (a + b )u n + au n −1 + bu n − 2 (∆x )2 [a(− 1) + b(− 2) ] 2 2  (− 1)1 + O (∆x 1 ) .  2 (− 1) (A2-15) 2! For a system with three spatial nodes. Applying this same technique for a five point stencil results in operators which are O(∆x4) accuracy.  2 (1) 1 (2)1  a  = 1 (2)2  b 0     (2)1  a  = 0 .  2 (− 1) 2 (− 2)1  a  = 1 (− 2 )2  b  0     (− 2)1  a  = 0 .

( D41) − 25 48 − 36 16 − 3  − 3 − 10 18 1 −6   1  1 = 0 8 −8 − 1 12∆x   6 3 − 18 10  −1  3 − 16 36 − 48 25    (A2-18) and  35 − 104 114 − 56 11 − 20 6 4 1  − 1 16 = − 30 16 12∆x 2  4 6 − 20 − 1 11 − 56 114 − 104  11  − 1  − 1 .  11  35   ( D42) (A2-19) 153 .

These losses require a complete model to allow the prediction of piston motion. can be predicted by measuring the voltage and current waveforms delivered to the compressor. The compressor electrical power input and PV power output are not equivalent due to losses which occur in the compressor. which is simple to measure.1 The electromechanical system The compressor model consists of a mechanical model for the piston moving mass which is coupled to an electrical model for the voice coil circuit. Several unknown mechanical and electrical design parameters must be The experimental measurement of these design determined before this is possible. The coupling occurs through the electromotive force in the mechanical model and the back emf voltage in the electrical model.APPENDIX 3 – COMPRESSOR ELECTRO-MECHANICAL MODELING The compressor piston position. Experimental measurement of the voice coil current and voltage in addition to the compression space pressure then allows the piston position to be predicted. and the basis for this model are developed by Leach who has modeled a loudspeaker electromechanical system (69). 154 . The largest loss is due to resistive power dissipation. Some smaller losses are due to eddy currents and friction. and the resulting PV power due to this motion. A3. parameters.

Flexures allow the piston to be centered in the cylinder which reduces frictional drag. k Magnetic structure Voice coil Figure 51 – Voice coil compressor schematic The compressor schematic illustrated in Figure 51 is representative of the compressors commonly used to drive Oxford class cryocoolers including Stirling and Pulse Tube Cryocoolers. This type of compressor utilizes a “voice-coil” to create an electromotive force to drive the piston motion. friction. similar to Figure 52. spring stiffness. the reaction forces due to pressure. The term “voice-coil” comes from audio load speakers which operate very similarly to reciprocating compressors. and inertia are 155 . Most compressors use a suspension spring of some sort.To cryocooler Housing plenum. electromotive force. Other pistons are designed to have a sliding contact seal between the piston and cylinder. pc Piston moving mass Suspension spring stiffness. ph Compression Space. A3. In this free-body diagram.2 The Mechanical System The compressor model can be constructed by considering a free-body diagram of the compressor piston. The compressor is essentially a loudspeaker designed to operate at a very high sound pressure level (SPL).

Bl ⋅ I & bx pc Apiston Apiston m ph Apiston kx x Figure 52 – Compressor piston free-body diagram (FBD) 156 .shown. k . The pressure in the compression space on the positive x face of the piston is pc and the pressure in the housing plenum space is ph . The electromotive force constant. It is assumed that Bl is a nonlinear function of the piston position and possibly other parameters such as frequency or current. resists the piston movement. is the product of the magnetic flux in the air gap. Apiston . k is a function of the piston position. The suspension spring stiffness. In general. times the velocity of the piston. and the effective length of wire that cuts the flux. l . b . These pressures act on the piston cross sectional area. The moving piston experiences a frictional force due to sliding contact between the piston and cylinder or due to viscous shearing of the gas in the piston-cylinder clearance gap in the case of flexure-mounted pistons. B . Bl . In either case. the frictional force can be approximated by the friction coefficient.

When this relation for the housing pressure is substituted into Equation (A4-1).Considering all of the forces acting on the piston. The compression space pressure. can be modeled using a simple adiabatic compression process for the plenum volume. Heat transfer 157 . or baseline. and current. m . pc = pb + ~c . and Apiston must be known. More accurate modeling of the housing pressure is possible. This results in an expression for the housing pressure as a function of the piston position. Newton’s Law can be written for the piston moving mass. Bl . can be measured experimentally.  Apiston ph = pb 1 − x  Vhou sin g      (A3-2) where pb is the mean. Additionally. ph . (A3-1) This equation can be solved if the pressures. are known as functions of time. the coefficients. I . b . the mechanical equation becomes 2   p A  k + b piston  x = Bl ⋅ I − ~c Apiston m&& + bx + x & p  Vhou sin g    (A3-3) where the compression space pressure has been decomposed into a mean pressure and the fluctuating component. The pressure in the housing plenum. pc . p (A3-4) The adiabatic assumption for the housing volume pressure reduces the information needed. pressure. k . as m&& + bx + kx = Bl ⋅ I + ( ph − pc )Apiston x & Equation (A4-1) is a differential equation which defines the piston position. ph and pc . m .

This is important for the current objective of If the nonlinearity is occurring entirely within the electrical system. then the piston motion is affected. determining the piston motion. Leach (69) has proposed a 158 .between the gas and the housing and piston clearance seal flow will affect the housing pressure. This indicates that there are significant nonlinearities in the electromechanical system. if the nonlinearity is related to a nonlinear Bl . A3. and this is measured experimentally. The AC p component of the compression space pressure. provided the parameters are known. However. the current can be measured experimentally. then the piston motion is unaffected. An electrical model can be considered such that the source of the nonlinearities can be studied. ~c . and the piston position can be calculated. still remains. The first and second harmonics are typically 10% of the fundamental.3 The Electrical System IL LE (ω ) I V Rcoil RE (ω ) IR & Blx Figure 53 – Leach’s lossy inductor voice coil model The experimentally observed voice-coil current presents large harmonic content with a pure sinusoidal voltage drive. The adiabatic model should be sufficient for a first estimate. At this point.

The current then flows through a parallel circuit representing the lossy inductor created by the voice coil. I. LE. and the eddy current resistance. (A3-6) The loop voltage law around the parallel inductor and resistor can be written as RE I R = d ( LE I L ) . The circuit diagram can be written mathematically as V = I ⋅ Rcoil + d & (LE I L ) + Blx . flows through a constant resistance. Rcoil. Leach proposes a method for measuring these two parameters using a small drive voltage at a frequency significantly above the resonance frequency (69). RE. The circuit also contains an additional voltage source. This voltage is proportional to the electromotive constant. Current. the current flowing through the inductor is defined by the nonlinear differential equation 159 . known as the back emf. which is the coil DC resistance. Bl . This ensures that there is negligible piston motion.possible circuit model for the voice-coil which is illustrated in Figure 53. This voltage source is created by the voice coil traveling through the magnetic field. Losses occur due to eddy currents in the magnetic pole structure. are empirically determined and functions of frequency. dt (A3-5) The node current law gives I = IL + IR . This circuit is driven by a sinusoidal voltage. The lossy inductance. and the voice coil velocity. V. dt (A3-7) Finally.

160 . It is clear that the housing gas acts as a spring which increases with the square of the piston area. − IL  − RE − E  = R +R dt  Rcoil + RE dt E  coil  (A3-10) The inductor current must be solved for simultaneously with the piston motion which can now be written as 2  p A  Bl 2    k + b piston  x = Bl ⋅ V + I L RE − ~c Apiston x + & m&& +  b + x  p Rcoil + RE   Vhou sin g  Rcoil + RE     (A3-11) An effective spring stiffness and friction coefficient can be defined as keff = k + and pb Apiston Vhou sin g 2 (A3-12) beff = b + Bl 2 Rcoil + RE (A3-13) respectively. This term represents the apparent dissipative force due to coil and eddy current losses. The gas spring stiffness also depends on the baseline pressure and the housing volume as expected.d (LE I L ) = (I − I L )RE . The effective friction coefficient now contains a term which depends on the electromotive force constant squared. dt The drive current can now be written as (A3-8) I= & V − Blx + I L RE Rcoil + RE (A3-9) and the inductor current equation can be written as LE  RE 2 dL  RE dI L & (V − Blx ) .

The accuracy of the model remains to be determined. pressure. this should be tractable. as the remaining unknown. The suspension stiffness can be relatively easily measured or calculated based on the design. Once the model parameters have been determined. it can be used to determine unknown parameters based on experimentally measured voltage. From the mechanical design. However. 161 . can be predicted by measuring the voltage and current waveforms delivered to the compressor and the compression space pressure. the piston area and housing volume can be calculated. and position.The compressor electromechanical model can be used for a variety of purposes. The moving mass can also be measured easily. In the case of a few unknown parameters. and the resulting PV power due to this motion. For nonlinear parameters. First. pressure. it can be used as a design tool to predict compressor performance based on a choice of design parameters. the lossy inductance and resistance can be measured. then this presents a difficult problem. voltage. In this case. and position can be measured. but the ability to monitor the compressor piston position without a dedicated sensor which can leak provides significant motivation. Secondly. current. Bl . The model can be tested using a compressor with piston position sensors. The coil resistance can easily be measured. This is an attractive development for compressors which are not or cannot be equipped with piston position sensors. if there are many unknown coefficients. This leaves the electromotive force constant. Using the methodology described by Leach. the current. the compressor piston position. a correlation function needs to be chosen which increases the number of unknown parameters.

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