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A Multifunctional Combination Incubator

by 1,2,*, 1,2 and 3
School of Astronomy and Space Science, University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049, China
Yunnan Observatories, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Phoenix Mountain, East District, Kunming 650216, China
Institute of Intelligent Application, Yunnan University of Finance and Economics, 237 Longquan Road, Kunming 650221, China
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Energies 2020, 13(24), 6622;
Received: 31 October 2020 / Revised: 1 December 2020 / Accepted: 9 December 2020 / Published: 15 December 2020
Energy, precision, and multi-functionality have become primary considerations in incubators. For example, if a part of an apparatus must be insulated, while other parts do not, then the specific part can be placed in the multi-functional incubator proposed in this paper to avoid wasting energy. The proposed incubator is composed of various parts including a platform, which is provided for debugging parts to meet the working accuracy of parts. The light windows are adjustable in height to accommodate different heights of light. The incubator is black to prevent stray light in optical experiments. This design can not only insulate but also debug optical or non-optical parts according working accuracy of parts. In this paper, an example incubator is used for an optical experiment was given and the incubator was optimized several times. The temperature fluctuations of the box of the third optimized incubator reached 0.045C. To reduce the temperature fluctuations, the relationship between the ambient and target temperature as well as the temperature fluctuations of the box were analyzed, and a formula was proposed. A further experiment provided evidence for this relationship. Based on the formula, the SLITA (small optimized incubator placed in large optimized incubator with the same target temperature) method for improving insulation accuracy was further proposed, and an incubator was designed using this method. The temperature fluctuations were 0.000014C by simulation, which was reduced 98.6% compared to previous incubators. View Full-Text
Keywords: combination incubator; adjustable light window; debugging platform; temperature fluctuations; optimized incubator; SLITA combination incubator; adjustable light window; debugging platform; temperature fluctuations; optimized incubator; SLITA
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Li, S.; Qu, Z.; Song, Z. A Multifunctional Combination Incubator. Energies 2020, 13, 6622.

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