Development of an improved transcritical refrigeration system using natural refrigerants for low-temperature applications

Mojtaba Purjam, Kyaw Thu, Takahiko Miyazaki

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Abstract

Low-temperature refrigeration has an essential role in food, pharmaceutical, and chemical industries. Being deep-freezing applications, typically below -30 °C, the system performance in terms of the coefficient of performance is in the range of 1.0 to 1.1. In this work, we demonstrate the development of a hybrid system by implementing a transcritical refrigeration cycle with an ejector and an organic Rankine cycle for performance improvement. Considering ecological concerns, natural refrigerants, i.e., carbon dioxide (R744) and propylene (R1270) were employed as the working fluids. A mathematical model was developed for the transcritical refrigeration cycle, the ejector and the organic Rankine cycle based on the conservation of energy and mass. The pressure levels of the ejector inlet and outlet for optimum performance were evaluated. It is observed that the current hybrid cycle delivers the coefficient of performance up to 1.5, which is 25 – 50% improvement as compared to a conventional transcritical cycle.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication14th IIR Gustav-Lorentzen Conference on Natural Fluids, GL 2020 - Proceedings
PublisherInternational Institute of Refrigeration
Pages116-121
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9782362150401
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Event14th IIR Gustav-Lorentzen Conference on Natural Fluids, GL 2020 - Virtual, Kyoto, Japan
Duration: Dec 7 2020Dec 9 2020

Publication series

NameRefrigeration Science and Technology
Volume2020-December
ISSN (Print)0151-1637

Conference

Conference14th IIR Gustav-Lorentzen Conference on Natural Fluids, GL 2020
CountryJapan
CityVirtual, Kyoto
Period12/7/2012/9/20

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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