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Scroll compressors using gas and liquid injection: experimental analysis and modelling

International Journal of Refrigeration
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DOI: 10.1016/s0140-7007(02)00003-8
  • Refrigerant Compressor
  • Scroll Compressor
  • Injection
  • Gas
  • Liquid
  • Test
  • Modelling
  • Compresseur Frigorifique
  • Compresseur à Spirale
  • Injection Intermediaire
  • Gaz
  • Liquide
  • Essai
  • Modélisation


Abstract The first part of this paper presents an experimental analysis of different hermetic scroll compressors using different methods of injection: the first one is without injection, the second one uses vapor injection and the third one liquid injection. The analysis reveals the influence of these methods on the compressor behavior. A simplified model of the scroll compressor is then proposed that takes into account not only the different internal processes but also the refrigerant injection. It assumes that the refrigerant mass flow rate is affected by a heating-up due to a uniform wall temperature. This fictitious wall is supposed to gain heat from the electromechanical losses and from the discharged gas and to loose heat to the suction and to the ambient. The compression step is considered isentropic up to the adapted pressure and then at constant volume until the discharge pressure. The model is able to compute variables of first importance like the mass flow rate, the electric power and the discharge temperature, as well as secondary variables as suction heating-up, discharge cooling-down, and ambient losses. The validation based on 45 experimental results shows excellent results.

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