Thermodynamic modeling of reciprocating chillers

J. M. Gordon*, Kim Choon Ng

*Corresponding author for this work

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A simple model for predicting the performance of reciprocating chillers is developed. The basic irreversibilities that mitigate against fast and slow cooling rates are accounted for. The model proposed here is consistent with real performance data for 30 chillers that span a range of cooling rates from 30 to 1300 kW and, with adjustable parameters that characterize a particular chiller, is shown to be capable of reproducing actual performance data to within better than experimental uncertainty.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2769-2774
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Applied Physics
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1994
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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