A dual acoustic driver thermoacoustic heat pump was constructed to investigate the effect of acoustic field control on travelling wave thermoacoustic heat transport at a frequency of 100 Hz. The acoustic field was controlled by varying the phase difference and magnitude between the two drivers. Variation of phase difference demonstrated the change of both acoustic power flow direction and standing-travelling wave characteristics. Maximum temperature differences obtained between the ends of the regenerator were 23 °C and 19 °C when the acoustic power was flowing in the negative and positive directions, respectively. It has been shown that matching impedances on the cold and hot side of the regenerator influence the thermoacoustic heat pumping characteristics. Where monodirectional acoustic flow was observed on both sides of the regenerator, the impedance angles also coincided well. Variation of magnitude displayed a trend in which activation of an opposing acoustic driver at weaker power enhanced acoustic power flow and heat transport. A maximum temperature difference between the hot and cold sections of 23 °C is obtained when the input electric power of the opposing acoustic driver was 17% of the power of the initial acoustic driver where the impedances and impedance angles on both ends of the regenerator are matched but the acoustic field travelling wave characteristics are still sufficient for travelling wave device operation.
|Journal||International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer|
|Publication status||Published - Apr 2020|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Condensed Matter Physics
- Mechanical Engineering
- Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes