The direct measurement of the adiabatic temperature change of magnetocaloric materials is fundamental to design efficient and eco-friendly magneto cooling devices. This work reports an overview of the measurement principle and of the main experimental issues that have to be considered to obtain a reliable characterization of materials. The effect of non-ideal adiabatic conditions, the role of the temperature sensor and the influence of specific properties of the material are discussed on the basis of finite-difference thermal simulations and special designed experiments. Two cases are considered in detail: the characterization of thin samples and the measurement of caloric response to fast field changes. Finally, the impact of different measurement protocols is discussed in the case of materials with first-order transitions.
On the direct measurement of the adiabatic temperature change of magnetocaloric materials / Cugini, F.; Solzi, M.. - In: JOURNAL OF APPLIED PHYSICS. - ISSN 0021-8979. - 127:12(2020), p. 123901. [10.1063/5.0002870]
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