Affordable Access

Publisher Website

Development of a novel meso-scale vapor compression refrigeration system (mVCRS)

Applied Thermal Engineering
DOI: 10.1016/j.applthermaleng.2014.02.037
  • Meso-Scale
  • Vapor Compression Refrigeration System
  • Vane Type Compressor
  • Coefficient Of Performance (Cop)
  • Design


Abstract This paper presents a novel meso-scale vapor compression refrigeration system (mVCRS) consisting of an evaporator, a compressor, a condenser and an expansion nozzle. First, the micro channel evaporator is designed in order to ensure the robustness to the flow rate as well as the cooling load. The film-wise condenser is then built to increase the convective heat transfer coefficient between heat pipes and the refrigerant. In spite of its compact size, the proposed rotary vane type meso-scale compressor can achieve the high pressure ratio of 3.07 and the large flow rate of 10 L per minute (LPM), respectively. The passive type expansion nozzle is adopted due to its simplicity in this research and designed to maintain a constant superheat at the outlet of the evaporator. By tactfully stacking all components, the meso-scale vapor compression refrigeration system is successfully constructed, whose overall size is 60 × 60 × 100 mm3 (width × length × height). Through extensive experiments, it is validated that the proposed mVCRS can keep the temperature of heat source around 46 °C with the maximum cooling capacity of 80 W, and that the average coefficient of performance (COP) is up to 2.15.

There are no comments yet on this publication. Be the first to share your thoughts.