Reducing the amount of required propane refrigerant in the condenser of a commercial air-conditioner by increasing the inlet temperature

Tangalajuk Siang, Jeri and Sharifian, Ahmad (2012) Reducing the amount of required propane refrigerant in the condenser of a commercial air-conditioner by increasing the inlet temperature. In: Southern Regional Engineering Conference (SREC 2012), 1 Sep 2012, Toowoomba, Australia.

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The use of synthetic refrigerants in the refrigeration and air conditioning sector is now obsolete due to the fact that they are not environmental friendly. They damage ozone layer and cause global warming which have both direct and indirect adverse effects on humans and environment. Today, the use of alternative refrigerants is well accepted. Hydrocarbon refrigerants are natural compounds, which do not damage the ozone layer, and have very little impact on global warming. The use of a simple hydrocarbon, propane, as a refrigerant is becoming increasingly popular these days due to its high heat capacity and its short lifetime in the atmosphere. However, since propane is extremely flammable, it is prudent to minimize the amount of propane in the system in order to reduce the risks associated with leakage of the explosive gas. In this research, the possibility of reducing the mass of propane in the condenser without sacrificing the heat transfer capacity of the system has been investigated. In an air-conditioner or refrigeration system, condenser accommodates the most mass of the refrigerant compared with those in the other parts of the system. A MATLAB script has been developed which model the performance of a commercial portable air-conditioner. The results show that by increasing the working temperature of condenser from 30oC to 46oC at the ambient temperature of 27oC, about forty percent propane mass saving is achievable. These temperatures are still far below the critical (370oC) and auto-ignition (540oC) temperatures of propane.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: USQ conference.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering
Date Deposited: 29 May 2013 04:52
Last Modified: 27 Jun 2017 00:49
Uncontrolled Keywords: hydrocarbon refrigerants; propane; reduction
Fields of Research : 09 Engineering > 0913 Mechanical Engineering > 091305 Energy Generation, Conversion and Storage Engineering
03 Chemical Sciences > 0301 Analytical Chemistry > 030106 Quality Assurance, Chemometrics, Traceability and Metrological Chemistry
04 Earth Sciences > 0401 Atmospheric Sciences > 040101 Atmospheric Aerosols
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970109 Expanding Knowledge in Engineering

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