Advanced Ricor Cryocoolers for High-End IR Missile Warning Systems and Ruggedized Platforms (2015)

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Advanced Ricor Cryocoolers for High-End IR Missile Warning Systems and Ruggedized Platforms (2015)

Ilan Nachman, Sergey Riabzev, Avishai Filis, Dan Gover, Adam Perach, Itai Regev, Victor Segal

RICOR – Cryogenic & Vacuum Systems, En Harod Ihud 18960, Israel


 The growth in world demand for infrared missile warning systems (MWS) has impelled the development of new technologies, in particular, special ruggedized cryogenic coolers. Since the cryocooler is a core component in ruggedized platforms, RICOR has met the challenge by developing new models able to withstand high ambient temperatures above 110°C, as well as harsh vibration levels, both derived from airborne fighter applications. One of the development efforts focused on a cryocooler regenerator and cold finger optimization, in order to achieve high cooling capacity at 95K FPA and the efficiency of about 5.3 % at 102 °C.

In order to withstand harsh environmental vibration and high ambient temperature range, the mechanical parts of the cryocoolers were designed and tested for a high structural safety factor along with weight minimization. The electronic design concept was based on encapsulated controllers, the PCB of which has been designed with internal heat sinking paths and special components able to withstand ambient temperatures of up to 125°C. As a final stage of development, four cryocooler models (K544, K549, K527 and K508) were successfully qualified under harsh environmental conditions, both by RICOR and by system manufacturers. Also life demonstration tests were performed with these models. The cryocoolers were designed and tested successfully to meet requirements of military standards MIL- STD-704D, MIL-STD- 461E and MIL-STD-810F reflecting real mission profiles in harsh environment.

Keywords: Cryocooler, Stirling, MWS, COP, Infrared, IDDCA, RICOR

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