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How to achieve full liquid conditions at the capillary tube inlet of a household refrigerator.

Comment atteindre des conditions de plein liquide à l’entrée du tube capillaire d’un réfrigérateur domestique.


Type d'article : Article, Article de la RIF


The capillary tube with a liquid-to-suction heat exchanger (CT-LSHX) is a component that is widely used in household refrigerators. Recent works have indicated that even when measuring subcooled conditions at the condenser outlet, the condition at the capillary tube inlet is a two-phase flow. The present work was dedicated to analyzing the actual refrigerant conditions at the capillary tube inlet and to investigating how full liquid conditions could be achieved.

The research was performed using a typical household refrigerator with corresponding fresh food and freezer compartments, replacing the original refrigerant-to-air condenser with a refrigerant-to-water condenser. This allowed, first, the condensation conditions to be controlled and, second, the estimation of the refrigerant conditions at the condenser outlet from the heat exchanger balance. The obtained results indicated the presence of a non-equilibrium two-phase flow, composed of subcooled vapor and subcooled liquid, at the capillary tube inlet, with both liquid and vapor entering the capillary tube as a vortex with small, fast fluctuations of the liquid level. This non-equilibrium indicated that the subcooling, evaluated from the pressure and temperature of the refrigerant at the condenser outlet, was only apparent and did not allow the evaluation of the actual enthalpy.

Finally, by using a smaller capillary tube diameter and increasing the compressor speed, full liquid conditions at the capillary tube inlet were achieved. Furthermore, a performance comparison between the original and the new design revealed that the COP was higher with full liquid conditions.

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  • Titre original : How to achieve full liquid conditions at the capillary tube inlet of a household refrigerator.
  • Identifiant de la fiche : 30025622
  • Langues : Anglais
  • Source : International Journal of Refrigeration - Revue internationale du Froid - vol. 100
  • Date d'édition : 04/2019
  • DOI : http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijrefrig.2019.02.006


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