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Thermal performance of skin-type, hot-wall condensers, Part I: Component-level modeling and experimental evaluation.

Author(s) : ESPINDOLA R. S., KNABBEN F. T., MELO C., et al.

Type of article: Article, IJR article

Summary

This paper comes out with an investigation of the thermal performance of skin-type hot-wall condensers for household refrigeration applications. Eight different hot-wall condensers were manufactured and installed in identical refrigerators. The condenser samples were constructed by varying the following de- sign parameters: (i) adhesive tape (aluminum or polyethylene), (ii) tube O.D. (4.00 or 4.76 mm), (iii) total length (10 or 11.5 m) and (iv) condenser positioning. The refrigerators were placed inside a climate-controlled chamber and tested in steady-state conditions. A mathematical model that takes into account the heat transfer not only to the surroundings but also to the refrigerated compartments was also put forward. The model predictions were compared to the experimental data when deviations within the ±10% bounds were achieved. It was found that the adhesive tape thermal conductivity and the tube- outer sheet contact area have the strongest impact on the condenser performance. It was also found that the polyethylene tape increases the condensing pressure, due to its low thermal conductivity and thus to the smaller useful heat transfer area. It was thus concluded that the refrigerator foaming process must be carried out with an extreme care to avoid any negative impact on the tube-outer sheet contact resistance. Finally, it was noted that the heat transfer to the refrigerated compartments is directly affected by the condenser positioning and the thermal insulation thickness.

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  • Original title: Thermal performance of skin-type, hot-wall condensers, Part I: Component-level modeling and experimental evaluation.
  • Record ID : 30027302
  • Languages: English
  • Source: International Journal of Refrigeration - Revue Internationale du Froid - vol. 110
  • Publication date: 2020/02
  • DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijrefrig.2019.11.010

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