- Conference date: 18-22 July 2005
- Location: State College, Pennsylvania (USA)
The purpose of our study is to construct a new cooling system applying the thermoacoustic effect. Stainless loop‐tube is employed as our thermoacoustic cooling system and temperature decrease of 40 degrees C from the room temperature has been confirmed. In this paper, it is investigated that the relation between the viscosity boundary layer and the resonant frequency of the generated sound is investigated. Also, the sound pressure and temperature variation are observed with various total lengths of the loop‐tube, with the view toward improvement in the cooling effect of the thermoacoustic cooling system. It was generally considered that the sound generated in the thermoacoustic cooling system is resonated with the tube length by 1 wavelength. However, when the total length of the loop‐tube is over 2600 mm and inner pressure is 0.1 MPa, the resonant wavelength is 2. This is resulted from the influence of the viscosity boundary layer. It is found that the loop‐tube decides the resonant frequency so that the thickness of the viscosity boundary layer is smaller than the stack channel radius. As a result, the resonant wavelength is 2 in a certain condition. The frequency is an important parameter for the thermoacoustic cooling system. From obtained results, one of the factors to select the frequency is found.
- Acoustic resonance
- Acoustical effects
- Sound generation
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