Continuous operating elastocaloric cooling device: First modeling results
This contribution presents the system level model of the realized novel continuous operating elastocaloric cooling device. The model covers the two parts of the device, heat transfer system designed for fluid cooling and mechanical part with individual loading and unloading of multiple SMA wire bundles which represent the thermo-mechanical coupling. The heat transfer system enables efficient heat exchange between heat source and SMA, as well as between SMA and environment. The loading unit enables an arbitrary elastocaloric process control. Supporting the design process of the device a system-level simulation and animated visualization tool combine with parallel computing option is developed which is capable of predicting the system parameters at various operating conditions, to guide the economic development of an efficient cooling device. The first elastocaloric cooling system for air as gaseous fluid is realized. First model-based parameter studies of the working machine are presented and discussed.