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Mapping the energy consumption of household refrigerators by varying the refrigerant charge and the expansion restriction.

Author(s) : BOENG J., MELO C.

Type of article: Article, IJR article

Summary

In this work the thermodynamic behavior of a household refrigerator was experimentally studied by simultaneously varying the refrigerant charge and the expansion restriction. A special charging device was designed and constructed for this purpose comprised of a cylinder, a load cell and two solenoid valves. In addition, the original capillary tube was replaced with a larger-diameter capillary tube and installed in series with a metering valve. The expansion restriction was varied by adjusting the capillary tube–metering valve pair to settings higher and lower than that of the original system. A total of 95 energy consumption measurements were recorded with different combinations of refrigerant charge and expansion restriction. A minimum energy consumption region comprised of several combinations of refrigerant charge and expansion restriction was clearly identified. It was also observed that an improper combination of expansion restriction and refrigerant charge may increase the energy consumption by up to 30%.

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  • Original title: Mapping the energy consumption of household refrigerators by varying the refrigerant charge and the expansion restriction.
  • Record ID : 30011078
  • Languages: English
  • Source: International Journal of Refrigeration - Revue Internationale du Froid - vol. 41
  • Publication date: 2014/05

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