Magnetic Refrigeration From Laboratory to Products

Friday, December 4, 2015 - 1:25pm - 2:25pm
Lind 305
Steve Russek (Astronautics Corporation of America)
An overview of Astronautics Magnetocaloric Heat Pump research and development program will be presented. Magnetic Refrigeration is an emerging heat pumping technology with applications in refrigeration and air conditioning for residential and commercial settings. Magnetic Refrigeration technology is based upon the magnetocaloric effect in which a magnetic material undergoes a temperature change when it experiences a change in an applied magnetic field. By suitably integrating a magnetocaloric material into a process cycle using water-based heat transfer fluids a Magnetocaloric Heat Pump can be realized. When commercialized Magnetocaloric Heat Pumps will provide a Green, more efficient and lower noise alternative to conventional vapor compression based heat pumping technology.

Dr. Steve Russek is the Director of Astronautics Technology Center based in Madison Wisconsin. Astronautics Corporation of America is a privately-held aerospace and defense contractor headquartered in Milwaukee Wisconsin. Prior to joining Astronautics Steve was an Engineering Development and Commercial Development Manager at Air Products and Chemicals. Steve has a BS in Chemical Engineering from Northwestern University and a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of California - Berkeley.