The electroacoustic efficiency of high-power actuators used in thermoacoustic coolers may be estimated using a linear model involving a combination of six parameters. A method to identify these equivalent driver parameters from measured total electrical impedance and velocity-voltage transfer function data was developed. A commercially available, moving-magnet driver coupled to a functional thermoacoustic cooler was used to demonstrate the procedure experimentally. The method, based on linear electrical circuit theory, allowed for the possible frequency and amplitude dependence of the driver parameters to be estimated. The results demonstrated that driver parameters measured in vacuo using this method can be used to predict the driver efficiency and performance for operating conditions which may be encountered under load.
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