The following paper, developed as part of the RES4BUILD project, has just been published: Jierong Liang, Marvin Masche, Kurt Engelbrecht, Kaspar K. Nielsen, Hugo A. Vieyra, Alexander Barcza, Christian R.H. Bahl (2021) Experimental study of non-bonded packed bed active magnetic regenerators with stabilized La(Fe,Mn,Si)13Hy particles, Applied Thermal Engineering, Volume 197, 2021, 117383, ISSN 1359-4311,

Abstract: The aim of this study is to develop more stable magnetocaloric regenerators, made from non-epoxy-bonded La(Fe,Mn,Si)13Hy particles to address the instability issues of conventional regenerators with a first-order phase transition. The stabilized magnetocaloric materials are obtained by increasing the α − Fe content at the expense of a small reduction of the adiabatic temperature change. However, the experimental results show that the non-bonded structure improves the regenerator efficiency and reduces pressure drop, potentially compensating for the reduction of the material’s magnetocaloric effect. Compared to epoxy-bonded regenerators, non-bonded regenerators exhibit a larger temperature span (10.2 K at no load) and specific cooling power (27% improvement at a span of 4 K). Due to the elimination of the epoxy, a lower friction factor and higher packing density are obtained. The long-term mechanical and chemical stabilities are verified by comparing specific heat, effectiveness, and pressure drop before and after a test period of more than one year.

Keywords: Active magnetic regenerator; Packed bed; Heat transfer; Friction factor; Cooling capacity; Stability

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