Meta study on the optimisation of thermoacoustic cooling systems for efficiency and cooling load

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Daniel Holland
Nicholas Berryman


The emerging field of thermoacoustic cooling systems (TACS) has been explored in recent years, combining the disciplines of acoustics and thermodynamics to provide an alternative to mainstream cooling technologies. This hybridised system allows a system of travelling or standing waves to absorb and release thermal energy at different points spatially, which is then harnessed to produce a cooling effect. This meta-analysis will focus on analysing parameters such as stack plate spacing and selection of a working fluid, in order to optimise the system. As this will directly impact the temperature gradient, as the temperature gradient is the core operator in the cooling process. The above parameters were examined with a combination of comparative and normalisation techniques, to synthesise data from varied experimental sources and produce accurate conclusions. The parameters investigated had differing effects on the system with regards to COPR and maximum cooling power, due to cooling power and input acoustic power increasing at different rates. The meta study concluded that a ratio of parallel-plate stack spacing to thermal penetration depth of (equation) was ideal for maximising cooling load, where as a ratio of approximately (equation) was ideal for achieving maximum COPR.

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