Experimental Investigation with Cross Fluted Double-Pipe Suction Line Heat Exchanger to Enhance AC System Performance 2009-01-0970
An experimental investigation has been carried out to quantify the performance enhancements with a suction line heat exchanger (SLHX) in an AC system. An off-the shelf double pipe cross fluted SLHX is used for this investigation. System level bench tests are conducted with an AC system from a 2008 MY mid-sized sedan. The cabin interior condition is held constant at 25°C and 50% RH. The dry bulb temperature for the engine compartment is varied from 25 to 45°C. The compressor speed is varied from 800 to 3000 rpm and the air velocity over the condenser is varied from 2 to 10 m/s. Based on the tests conducted on the AC system without and with SLHX, system performance (COP) has been improved by 7%. Additional tests have been planned with modified SLHX.