This paper reports on the acoustic streaming in a looped-tube thermoacoustic prime mover equipped with an asymmetric constriction called a jet pump. The time-averaged mass flow velocity was determined using visualization methods and using acoustic field measurements. It was demonstrated that the magnitude and the direction of the velocity were dependent on the orientation of the jet pump. From the observed velocities, we estimated the heat carried away from the hot heat exchanger by the mass flow. It was shown that the heat loss was decreased from 30 W to 6.5 W by reversing the orientation of the jet pump, when the input heat power supplied to the prime mover was 100 W. The influence of the acoustic streaming was also studied from the cooling temperature of the looped-tube cooler.
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- Physics and Astronomy(all)