Paulo Vinicius Trevizoli
Jader R. Barbosa Jr.
Jaime A. Lozano Cadena

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A novel rotary magnetic refrigerator was designed and built at the Federal University of Santa Catarina (UFSC). The optimally designed magnetic circuit is a two-pole system in a rotor-stator configuration with high flux density regions of approximately 1 T. Eight pairs of stationary regenerator beds filled with approximately 1.7 kg of gadolinium, Gd, spheres (425-600 µm diameter) were placed in the magnetic gap. Two low-friction rotary valves were developed to synchronize the hydraulic and magnetic cycles. The valves were positioned at the hot end to avoid heat generation in the cold end. In this work, experimental results are presented as a function of the operating frequency, fluid flow rate, hot reservoir temperature and thermal load. The performance of the device was evaluated in terms of the coefficient of performance (COP) and the overall second-law efficiency (

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