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Development of the natural working fluid‐based refrigeration system for domestic scale freeze‐dryer.

Summary

In this work, the analysis of the refrigeration system designed for the FrostX 10 freeze‐dryer is presented. The main goal of this study was to experimentally investigate the reference R452a freeze‐dryer and prepare recommendations for a machine based on the R290 refrigeration unit. In order to guarantee the temperature requirements and efficient operation of that unit, the analysis of suitable natural refrigerants was performed. Consequently, propane (R290) was selected. In addition, a number of modifications were introduced for the prototype system. System analysis showed
that the replacement of the refrigerant in the existing system improves the system energy efficiency by approximately 18%. During the experimental campaign of the basic refrigeration unit, an unstable operation of the evaporator was found. The concept of a new cooling system for a prototype device was presented. The configuration and type of heat exchanger to maximise the performance of the ice trap of the freeze‐dryer were proposed.

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  • Original title: Development of the natural working fluid‐based refrigeration system for domestic scale freeze‐dryer.
  • Record ID : 30029750
  • Languages: English
  • Subject: Technology
  • Source: 15th IIR-Gustav Lorentzen Conference on Natural Refrigerants(GL2022). Proceedings. Trondheim, Norway, June 13-15th 2022.
  • Publication date: 2022/06/13
  • DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.18462/iir.gl2022.0157
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