The 2nd International Workshop on Cooling Systems for HTS Applications was organised in conjunction with the European Cryogenics Days 2017 in Karlsruhe, Germany, on September 13-15, 2017. The workshop is a follow-up of the 1st IWC-HTS held in October 2015 in Matsue, Japan. Its purpose is the effective exchange of up-to-date information on cryocooler and cryoplant developments for High-Temperature Superconductivity (HTS) applications, as well as state-of-the-art methods for the optimal integration of HTS applications and cooling systems.
For this event Thales was invited to update the audience on recent cryocooler developments. Miniature cryocoolers are traditionally being used for cooling spectroscopy sensors for defense, civil and space instruments. Lately, cooling solutions for zero-boil-off systems are being successfully developed, thereby removing the burden for our customers in the liquid nitrogen cooling business to constantly refill their cryostat systems.
The stringent cooling requirements of compact HTS applications can also be ideally fulfilled by clever engineering of Thales’ proven technology of the Stirling and Pulse-Tube principles. The attached presentation gives an insight into the latest developments with respect to cooler performance and reliability, enabling the advance of HTS in modern technology.