Construction and testing of a steel-wool regenerator within a looped travellingwave thermoacoustic engine

Zhibin Yu, Abdulrahman Abduljalil, Artur J. Jaworski

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Abstract

This paper investigates the feasibility of making low cost regenerators of stainless steel wool (scourers). The steel wool is carefully cut and uniformly pressed into a purpose built thin-walled "can" using controlled compression loads to obtain the required porosity and equivalent hydraulic radius. Such regenerators are then installed in a looped-tube travelling-wave thermoacoustic engine to test their performance. In addition, two more conventional stacked mesh-screen regenerators with a similar hydraulic radius are also tested under the same conditions to serve as benchmarks for the low-cost steel wool regenerators. The testing includes the onset temperature difference (minimum temperature difference required to start the acoustic oscillation in an engine), the pressure amplitudes, and the acoustic power circulating in the looped resonator. The measurement results are compared with each other and discussed in detail.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication16th International Congress on Sound and Vibration 2009, ICSV 2009
Pages1839-1846
Number of pages8
Volume3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2009
Externally publishedYes
Event16th International Congress on Sound and Vibration - Krakow, Poland
Duration: 5 Jul 20099 Jul 2009
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Conference

Conference16th International Congress on Sound and Vibration
Abbreviated titleICSV 2009
CountryPoland
CityKrakow
Period5/07/099/07/09
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Yu, Z., Abduljalil, A., & Jaworski, A. J. (2009). Construction and testing of a steel-wool regenerator within a looped travellingwave thermoacoustic engine. In 16th International Congress on Sound and Vibration 2009, ICSV 2009 (Vol. 3, pp. 1839-1846)