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CYCLE_D-HX: NIST Vapor Compression Cycle Model Accounting for Refrigerant Thermodynamic and Transport Properties, Version 1.0; User's Guide

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Author(s)

Piotr A. Domanski, J S. Brown, Riccardo Brignoli

Abstract

The CYCLE_D-HX package simulates the performance of single-component refrigerants and refrigerant blends in subcritical vapor-compression refrigeration cycles. The basic system simulated by CYCLE_D-HX consists of a compressor, discharge line, condenser, expansion device, evaporator, compressor suction line, and an optional liquid-line/suction-line heat exchanger. The advanced cycles may contain a second compressor, one or two economizers, or an intercooler. In contrast to simplified vapor compression cycle models - such as CYCLE_D (Brown et al., 2017), which require refrigerant saturation temperatures in the evaporator and condenser as input - CYCLE_D-HX establishes saturation temperatures in the heat exchangers using the temperatures profiles of heat source and heat sink and the mean effective temperature differences (ΔThx) in the evaporator and condenser, respectively, which are specified as input to the program. This representation of heat exchangers facilitates the inclusion of both thermodynamic and transport properties in cycle simulations and makes CYCLE_D-HX suitable for comparative evaluations of different refrigerants, particularly those working in systems relying on refrigerant forced-convection heat transfer in the heat exchangers.
Citation
Technical Note (NIST TN) - 1974
Report Number
1974

Keywords

Air conditioning, Refrigeration, Simulation, Vapor Compression

Citation

Domanski, P. , Brown, J. and Brignoli, R. (2018), CYCLE_D-HX: NIST Vapor Compression Cycle Model Accounting for Refrigerant Thermodynamic and Transport Properties, Version 1.0; User's Guide, Technical Note (NIST TN), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, [online], https://doi.org/10.6028/NIST.TN.1974 (Accessed April 20, 2024)
Created January 16, 2018, Updated November 10, 2018