Avantages potentiels des distributeurs de fluides intelligents. Rapport final.

Potential benefits of smart refrigerant distributors. Final report.

Auteurs : PAYNE W. V., DOMANSKI P. A.

Type de monographie : Rapport


The main goal of this study was to investigate the benefits for finned tube refrigerant evaporators when refrigerant distribution was precisely controlled to produce a desired equal superheat in each circuit. This goal was accomplished by examining three different finned-tube evaporators; a wavy fin, wavy-lanced fin, and a wavy-lanced fin evaporator with tube sheets separated. The effects of non-uniform airflow on capacity were also examined while superheat was controlled in each evaporator circuit. In parallel with the experimental effort, a modelling program was implemented and validated with the experimental results and then used to determine the savings in evaporator core volume possible if refrigerant distribution was controlled by a smart distributor. In extreme cases, the savings in core volume could be as much as 40%. Extract from the table of contents; background and literature review; laboratory experiment (evaporators selected for testing; test conditions and experimental procedure; experimental results); evaporator modelling and simulations (heat transfer and pressure drop correlations; modelling issues: refrigerant distribution, internal heat transfer in a finned tube evaporator; possible savings in heat transfer area due to optimized superheat). The report can be downloaded from the Web site: www.arti-21cr.org/research/completed/index.html.


  • Titre original : Potential benefits of smart refrigerant distributors. Final report.
  • Identifiant de la fiche : 2004-3068
  • Langues : Anglais
  • Édition : Us department of commerce, ntis (national technical information service) - Etats-unis/Etats-unis
  • Date d'édition : 09/2002
  • Source : Source : ARTI-21CR-605-20050-01; 198 p. (21 x 29.7); fig.; tabl.; ref.; append.