# Refrigeration System Design and Analysis Brent Cullimore CR

Refrigeration System Design and Analysis Brent Cullimore C&R Technologies

Background l Background ü ü Vapor compression (V/C) systems are well established in the Automotive industry and HVAC, but are still emerging in thermal management of electronics Modeling of V/C systems is only a few years old ü ü l In Automotive, driven by the need to meet EPA mileage/emissions standards: must use transient drive cycles as design criteria Modeling helps address perpetual concerns such as start-up slugs, oscillations, oil and charge migration upon shut down, etc. Purpose of this paper: ü Share modeling “lessons learned” from Ford, Visteon, GM, Delphi, Danfoss, etc.

Fundamental “Lesson Learned” l Self-determination of pressure requires tracking refrigerant mass: full thermohydraulic solution required! Compressor, throttle performance Overall loop energy balance Pressure prediction Two-phase heat transfer Conserve loop charge Track liquid and vapor in evaporator and condenser Solve for pressures, qualities, temperatures, flow rates, heat transfer coefficients simultaneously

Example: Parametric Sweep l System Description ü ü R 134 a working fluid Air-cooled condenser (100ºF environment) Rotary compressor (defined by performance maps) Capillary tube throttle (0. 030” x 10 ft) ü with l regenerative suction tube heat exchanger Vary compressor RPM from 1000 to 3000 ü Requires 800 W to 1500 W input power

Results: Compressor Exit Pressure Constant Inlet Pressure (Different systems!) Constant Charge Mass (Apples to apples!)

Cause of Difference Constant Inlet Pressure 7% increase in charge causes increased liquid “blockage” in condenser and evaporator

Solution: SINDA/FLUINT Network Example Generalized Thermal/fluid Analyzer

Example: Heat Exchanger Modeling to compressor or dryer from expansion device Evaporator (R 134 a) Aluminum Heat Exch. Air Side air and condensate out moist air in

Top level: The Whole Loop

Example: CAD-based Condenser Model Mix and Match Methods Condenser: 1 D finite difference/volume thermohydraulics Pipe walls: 2 D finite difference thermal Fins: 2 D finite element thermal Air flow: 1 D finite difference network Full parametric modeling

Layers of the “Computational Onion” l l l l Pseudo-steady thermal and thermohydraulics (t ~ 10 min. ) Steady hydraulics, unsteady thermal (t ~ 1 min. ) Mass/energy storage without flow inertia (t ~ 10 sec. ) Flow inertia w/o mass/energy storage (t ~ 1 sec. ) Mass/energy and inertia, homogeneous equilibrium two-phase (t ~ 1 sec. ) Nonhomogeneous nonquilibrium two-phase (t ~ 0. 1 sec. )

Two-phase Flow: What phenomena are important? l Homogeneous Equilibrium Flow ü Phases at same temperature, same velocity ü ü l Vliq = Vvap, Tliq = Tvap Often adequate for VC cycles Equilibrium Slip Flow ü Phases at same temperature, different velocities ü ü l Flow regime mapping optional Vliq < Vvap, Tliq = Tvap Flow regime information required Enhances accuracy in VC cycles (better void fraction estimation) Nonequilibrium Slip Flow (“two fluid”) ü ü Phases at different temperatures and velocities Usually not needed except for severe transients and high frequency instabilities or control systems Vliq < Vvap, Tliq < Tvap

Comparisons with Test: Using Equilibrium Slip Flow Cabinet Temperature l Hi/Lo Pressures From: “Improvements in the Modeling and Simulation of Refrigeration Systems: Aerospace Tools Applied to a Domestic Refrigerator, ” Ploug-Sorensen et al. Danfoss, 1996.

Conclusions l Charge mass must be conserved in transients, parametric sweeps, sensitivity studies, etc. ü ü l Two-phase flow is not amenable to CFD approaches ü l Component-level approaches (effectiveness, average coefficients, etc. ) are not suitable: limited to concept-level trade studies Finite difference/volume subdivision of condenser and evaporator is suitable: tracks mass and “blockage” effects but flow network modeling (FNM) is well suited for the task Slip flow has been shown to improve accuracy, but full nonequilibrium nonhomogeneous (“two fluid”) modeling is usually not necessary

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