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Performance studies on mechanical + adsorption hybrid compression refrigeration cycles with HFC 134a

Banker, ND and Dutta, P and Prasad, M and Srinivasan, K (2008) Performance studies on mechanical + adsorption hybrid compression refrigeration cycles with HFC 134a. In: International Journal of Refrigeration, 31 (8). pp. 1398-1406.

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This paper presents the results of an investigation on the efficacy of hybrid compression process for refrigerant HFC 134a in cooling applications. The conventional mechanical compression is supplemented by thermal compression using a string of adsorption compressors. Activated carbon is the adsorbent for the thermal compression segment. The alternatives of bottoming either mechanical or thermal compression stages are investigated. It is shown that almost 40% energy saving is realizable by carrying out a part of the compression in a thermal compressor compared to the case when the entire compression is carried out in a single-stage mechanical compressor. The hybrid compression is feasible even when low grade heat is available. Some performance indictors are defined and evaluated for various configurations.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publication: International Journal of Refrigeration
Publisher: Elsevier Science
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to Elsevier Science.
Keywords: Refrigeration system;Compression system;R134a;Adsorption;Activated carbon;Two-stage system;Survey;Performance.
Department/Centre: Division of Mechanical Sciences > Mechanical Engineering
Date Deposited: 29 Mar 2010 10:31
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2010 05:58
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/26668

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