Browse Publications Technical Papers 2001-01-1744
2001-05-14

Simulating Performance of a Parallel Flow Condenser Using Hydrocarbons as the Working Fluids 2001-01-1744

Performance of a parallel flow condenser is simulated by using hydrocarbons as the alternative refrigerants. The performance of the condenser is simulated with Propane (R-290), Isobutane (R-600a), and 50/50 mixture (by weight) of Propane and Isobutane. The performance is compared to a system with R-134a as the working fluid. For a given condenser heat rejection capacity, the refrigerant mass flow rates for hydrocarbon refrigerants are significantly lower than R-134a. However, the heat transfer coefficients are comparable in magnitudes to the base case (R-134a) which results in heat transfer rates that are very close to that of the base case. Hence, the simulated rate of heat transfer for hydrocarbon refrigerants is very close (within ±3%) to that of R-134a system. The pressure drop for hydrocarbon refrigerants are significantly lower in comparison to R-134a. The simulated thermal performance has been compared with the experimental test data obtained from the system bench. The simulated performance is within ±9% of the experimental data. Thermal and hydrodynamic performance data along with design considerations have been presented in this paper.

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