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Experimental Transient Performance of a Heat Pump Equipped With a Distillation Column



J G. Gebbie, M K. Jensen, Piotr A. Domanski


A series of experiments was conducted on a heat pump equipped with a distillation column. The system was operated with R32 and with a 30/70 % by mass mixture of R32/134a to examine the difference between the transient performance trends with a pure fluid (R32), and those with a zeotropic mixture (R32/134a). Additionally, the effects of varying heat transfer fluid mass flow, compressor speed, and accumulator sump heat input were examined. Each test was one hour in duration. The heat pump capacities did not generally achieve steady state during the R32/134a tests. Steady state was generally achieved during the R32 tests. As a percentage of the final (end-of-test) capacity, the rate of capacity increase was greater during the R32/134a tests than during those conducted with the pure fluid. The R32/134a tests exhibited capacity oscillations early in each transient that were not present during the R32 tests. The results also show that circulating mass and refrigerant composition are the primary controlling factors with regard to transient capacity.
International Journal of Refrigeration


air conditioning, alternative refrigerants, distillation column, heat pumping, refrigeration, transient performance, zeotropic mixtures


Gebbie, J. , Jensen, M. and Domanski, P. (2007), Experimental Transient Performance of a Heat Pump Equipped With a Distillation Column, International Journal of Refrigeration, [online], (Accessed July 15, 2024)


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Created April 30, 2007, Updated October 12, 2021