Modeling of an Integrated Internal Heat Exchanger and Accumulator in R744 Mobile Air-Conditioning Applications 2020-01-0153
Carbon dioxide (R744) is one of the most promising next-generation refrigerants for mobile air-conditioning applications (MAC), which has the advantages of good heating performance in cold climates and environmental-friendly properties. In this paper, a simulation model of an integrated internal heat exchanger (IHX) and accumulator (ACC) was developed using the finite volume method via EES. The results were validated by experimental results from a transcritical R744 mobile heat pump, and the error was within ±5%. The impacts of mass flow rate, evaporator outlet quality and temperatures of high- and low-side streams on the heat transfer rate, effectiveness and charge of the integrated IHX/Acc were studied. Results show that the heat transfer rate of the IHX is mostly sensitive to the evaporator outlet quality. When the evaporator quality decreases from 0.9 to 0.6, the heat transfer rate increases from 1.1 to 2.4 kW and the superheat reduces from 25.8 to 9.4 ℃. As a result, the compressor discharge temperature and the heating capacity can be reduced. To obtain the maximized capacity, especially during the startup, an evaporator outlet quality of 0.87 is recommended for this integrated IHX/ACC.
Wenying Zhang, Predrag Hrnjak
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign