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Modelling of the amount of refrigerant and pressure drop in a rectangular copper microchannel evaporator
KTH, Superseded Departments, Energy Technology.
KTH, Superseded Departments, Energy Technology.
KTH, Superseded Departments, Energy Technology.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-9902-2087
KTH, Superseded Departments, Energy Technology.
2002 (English)In: Proceedings of Zero leakage-Minimum Charge IIR/IIF conference, Stockholm, August 2002, Stockholm, 2002Conference paper, Published paper (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The present study covers modelling of the amount of refrigerant and of the pressure drop in a rectangular copper microchannels evaporator. The evaporator has been tested in a test rig simulating a small-capacity heat pump and all the modelled parameters are compared to the measured ones. All the calculations are performed using EES software program [4].

The void fraction was calculated in order to predict the amount of refrigerant in the evaporator. The choice of the model for the calculation of the void fraction has a big influence on the prediction of the amount. The void fraction was predicted, using several available correlations, out of which the Hughmark, UI ACRC[1]and CISE models seem to give the best approximation. The mass of refrigerant was calculated out of these data and compared to the experimental results. The pressure drop was determined, using the Friedel, Pierre and Granryd’s adjustment ofPierre[2]models. Afterwards results were compared to the experimentally measured pressure drop. Granryd’s model seems to give the closest approximation. 

Comparisons of the predicted results with the measured ones are presented in figures and analysed. Conclusions regarding the models tested for determination of the void fraction and pressure drop in the present application and probably other applications with rectangular microchannels are drawn. 

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Stockholm, 2002.
Keyword [en]
refrigerant charge, propane, modelling, heat pump, residential
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Energy Engineering
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-76531OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-76531DiVA: diva2:491023
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Zero leakage-Minimum Charge IIR/IIF conference, Stockholm
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Qc 20120228Available from: 2012-02-28 Created: 2012-02-06 Last updated: 2012-02-28Bibliographically approved

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