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Objectiive :To find out the performance of the vapour compression cycle as a refrigerator and as a heat pump

THEORY:Vapour compression refrigeration cycle:The vapor-compression refrigeration cycle is the most widely used cycle for refrigerators, airconditioning systems, and heat pumps. It consists of four processes: 1-2 Isentropic compression in a compressor 2-3 Constant-pressure heat rejection in a condenser 3-4 Throttling in an expansion device 4-1 Constant-pressure heat absorption in an evaporator

Schematic and T-s diagram for the ideal vapor-compression refrigeration cycle

Schematic and T-s diagram for the actual vapor-compression refrigeration cycle.


The transfer of heat from a low-temperature region to a high-temperature one requires special devices called refrigerators. Refrigerators are cyclic devices, and the working fluids used in the refrigeration cycles are called refrigerants Another device that transfers heat from a low-temperature medium to a high temperature one is the heat pump The performance of refrigerators and heat pumps is expressed in terms of the coefficient of performance (COP), defined as

For Refrigerator:COPR = heat absorbed at the lower temperature = compressor net work QE W

For a heat pump COPH:COPH = heat rejected at the higher temperature = compressor net work QC W

Here where E, C, R, H stand for Evaporator, Compressor, Refrigeration, and Heat pump respectively.

OBSERVATIONS AND CALCULATIONS h1=375 kJ/kg h2=465 kJ/kg h3=240 kJ/kg h4=240 kJ/kg h2=420 kJ/kg
Evaporator Gauge Pressure(KPa) Condenser Gauge Pressure(KPa) Evaporator Outlet Temp., T1 (C) Evaporator Inlet Temp.,T4 (C) Condenser Outlet Temp., T3 (C) Condenser Inlet Temp., T2 (C) Condenser Water Inlet Temp., T5 (C) Condenser Water Outlet Temp.,T6 (C) Condenser Water Flow Rate,m (g/s) Refrigerant flow rate,m(g/s)

573 079 3.85 3383 5580 5.83 5.85 .98. .9 5



2. C.O.P. (HP) =

3. coefficient of performance of the Heat pump is:-


=1.5+1 =2.5
4. Heat gained by water=mcpt

=1.338E^6 kJ/kg Heat effects

5. The rate of heat rejection from the refrigerant to the environment=m(h2-h3) =1.35 kW 6. Refrigeration effect=m(h1-h4) =.81 kW 7. W actual= m(h2-h1) =.54kJ/sec 8. W isentropic= m(h2-h1) =.27 kJ/sec 9. Degree of super cooling=(T3-Tsatliq)= Tsat liq=30C(from P-h diagram) =6C 10. Degree of superheating=(T1-Tsatvap) Tsatvap=9C (from P-h diagram) S0 ans=9.2 0C 11. Efficiency


The reason behind using p-h diagram instead of t-s diagram was that On this diagram, three of the four processes appear as straight lines, and the heat transfer in the condenser and the evaporator is proportional to the lengths of the corresponding process curves. In our calculations we neglected pressure drops in concentric tube heat exchange, this assumption is not correct, because there are always some loses due to friction There are also limitations associated with the refrigerant as we cannot get cooling n that environment whose temperature is less than the freezing temperature of refrigerant. So for better efficiency The temperature of refrigerant, higher than which its condensation cannot be achieved should be high. Refrigerant should have better characteristics of heat transfer, since they permit less difference in temperature of evaporator and condenser, and low lift in temperatures. Viscosity of refrigerants should be low. One ton cooling or heating means that how much heat is withdrawn or absorbed to freeze or melt one ton of material. Usually it is one ton water at zero 0C and the process time is of 24 hours. Mostly used refrigerant in use in industry are ammonia ,water, and most absorbers used are water and lithium bromide Co efficient of performance of heat pump is always 1 greater than that of cop of refrigeration. this is proved by our calculations. this relationship is correct. Water temperature used for cooling is increasing gradually.the reason behind is that we are using same recycling without cooling.for better cooling purposes we should use fresh water cooled water. We can perform experiments related to heat exchanger on this unit.and can study heat transfer phenomenon. Both pumps and compressors increase the pressure of the working fluid. However, a pump is used to increase the pressure of a liquid, while a compressor is used to increase the pressure of a gas. A conventional vapor-compression refrigeration cycle uses R-134a (or some variant), which exhibits a phase change during the cycle. The fluid exits the evaporator in a gaseous phase at a relatively low pressure, so a compressor is used to bring the fluid up to the proper pressure to return to a liquid phase in the condenser. Note that any vapor-compression cycle utilizes a fluid that exhibits a phase change during the cycle, and is therefore NOT an ideal gas. The ideal gas law does not apply for these fluids

Conclusion:Readings were taken from different instruments installed on the unit. With the properties of the refrigerant R134a at all the stages of the Refrigeration cycle known, the heat transfer at the condenser and evaporator were calculated. Performance of the unit is also calculated ideally and actual. also efficiency was determined and found it to b 50%

Applications of Vapor Compression Refrigeration

This system is generally used for the purpose of air conditioning, with the aim of providing a comfortable environment.It is also employed in refrigerators used in homes, for preservation of foods, vehicles in which food items are carried, and other similar purposes