Development of a new magnetocaloric material used in a magnetic refrigeration device
1 Laboratoire CRISMAT, UMR 6508, CNRS, ENSICAEN, 6 B d du M al Juin, F-14050 Caen 4, France
2 Grenoble Electrical Engineering Laboratory- G2Elab, Grenoble INP – UJF Grenoble 1- CNRS UMR 5269, BP 46, F-38402 S t -Martin d’Hères, France
3 Néel Institute, CNRS, UJF Grenoble INP, UPR 2940, BP 166, F- 38042 Grenoble 9, France
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Testing directly a magnetocaloric material in a magnetic refrigeration (MR) system is the best way to judge of its applicative potentialities. In this spirit, an oxide expected to show promising magnetocaloric properties around room temperature (Pr0.65Sr0.35MnO3) was produced in large scale and shaped in order to build a regenerator. Magnetization, heat capacity, resistivity, thermal conductivity and a direct test in a MR device were carried out on this manganite. The results were compared to those observed in the reference material which is Gadolinium. The two main conclusions of these preliminary results are: (i) the Pr0.65Sr0.35MnO3 actually displays not only a significant magnetocaloric effect but also a real refrigeration capability at room temperature; (ii) the temperature spans reached in these first experiments are even found to well compare with those obtained with Gd.
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