Simulating Performance of a Parallel Flow Condenser Using Hydrocarbons as the Working Fluids
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.