ِA simulation of effect the change in capillary tube diameter on a compression refrigeration system performance

Abstract

A simulation compression refrigeration system study was presented in this research depending on the change of the capillary tube diameter and using the refrigerants (R134a, R12, R500 and R152a).the tests were done for two capillary tube diameters (2.25,3mm) and changing the volumetric flow rate range for (R134a) (0.15-0.3L/min) with fixed capillary tube length at (L=130cm).The results showed that for (R152a, R134a Exp.) the (COP) decreases by (11.37,22.8%) respectively as the mass flow rate increases by (58.71%), and decreases by (6.34,7.66%) respectively as the capillary tube diameter increases, while the values of (COP) for (R134a Theo.,R12,R500) are converged. Also it was declared that when the condenser temperature increases by (1.73%) the (COP) for all refrigerants and for both capillary tube diameters will decrease. The study showed that the compressor compression power increases by (72.43, 65.73%) as the condenser temperature increases, and decreases as the capillary tube diameter increases by (8.78, 7.5%) for refrigerants (R152a, R134a Exp.) respectively, with convergence the values of (TCP) for (R134a Theo.,R12,R500). Also this study showed that the cooling capacity increases for all refrigerants, where the largest value was for (R152a) and the lowest value was for (R134a Exp.), as the evaporator temperature increases by (3.81%) ,but the cooling capacity decreases as the capillary tube diameter increases.Through this study it was found that the best diameter used is (2.25 mm) at fixed length, with decreasing the capillary tube diameter from (3 to 2.25 mm) and at volumetric flow rate (0.2 L/min) it was found as an average for all refrigerants increasing for compression power by (4.2%), increasing of cooling capacity by (10.2%) and decreasing the coefficient of performance by (5.8%).