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Experimental analysis of the internal heat exchanger influence on a vapour compression system performance working with R1234yf as a drop-in replacement for R134a.

Author(s) : NAVARRO-ESBRÍ J., MOLÉS F., BARRAGÁN-CERVERA A.

Type of article: Article

Summary

This paper presents an experimental analysis of the influence of an internal heat exchanger on the performance of a vapour compression system using R1234yf as a drop-in replacement for R134a. In this work, we compare the energy performance of a monitored vapour compression system using both refrigerants, R134a and R1234yf, with and without the presence of an internal heat exchanger under a wide range of working conditions. A set of experimental tests are carried out varying the condensing temperature, the evaporating temperature and the internal heat exchanger use. From the experimental results, reductions in cooling capacity and COP between 6 and 13% have been observed when R134a is replaced by the drop-in fluid R1234yf, although the presence of an IHX can help to lessen these reductions between 2 and 6%. Finally, the experimental results obtained agree with the theoretical evaluations developed neglecting the pressure drops.

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  • Original title: Experimental analysis of the internal heat exchanger influence on a vapour compression system performance working with R1234yf as a drop-in replacement for R134a.
  • Record ID : 30009118
  • Languages: English
  • Source: Applied thermal Engineering - vol. 59 - n. 1-2
  • Publication date: 2013/09
  • DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.applthermaleng.2013.05.028

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