Numerical analysis of a novel household refrigerator with controllable loop thermosyphons

Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62)21_Publication in refereed journalNot applicablepeer-review

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Author(s)

  • Jingyu Cao
  • Chuxiong Chen
  • Mingke Hu
  • Qiliang Wang
  • Mauro Cannistraro
  • Gang Pei

Detail(s)

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)134-143
Journal / PublicationInternational Journal of Refrigeration
Volume104
Early online date4 Apr 2019
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2019

Abstract

Efficiency improvement of household refrigerators exerts extensive influences on the reduction in residential energy consumption and alleviation of environmental pollution. Controllable loop thermosyphons (CLTs) are low-cost, high-precision heat transfer control devices that can be potentially applied in refrigerators as crucial energy saving and temperature management components. A novel refrigerator with CLTs is proposed in this study. The evaporator in fresh food compartment is removed, the cold loss of the topside freezer is partly reused by the CLTs to cool the fresh food compartment in intermittent mode, and the overall cold loss of the refrigerator is efficiently reduced. The energy saving behaviour of the refrigerator is numerically studied based on tested temperature boundary conditions. The energy saving mechanism is comparatively analyzed, and the impacts of the operating condition, installation position of the CLTs, and ambient temperature are investigated. The energy saving ratio of the novel refrigerator increases from 12.9% to 19.5% when the ambient temperature rises from 17.0 °C to 31.0 °C, the operating condition varies from 1 to 4, and the locations of CLTs from the inner wall of the freezer are changed from 2.1 to 4.9 mm. Results preliminarily prove the energy saving capability of the novel refrigerator.

Research Area(s)

  • Energy saving, Loop thermosyphon, Numerical study, Refrigerator

Citation Format(s)

Numerical analysis of a novel household refrigerator with controllable loop thermosyphons. / Cao, Jingyu; Chen, Chuxiong; Hu, Mingke; Wang, Qiliang; Cannistraro, Mauro; Leung, Michael K.H.; Pei, Gang.

In: International Journal of Refrigeration, Vol. 104, 08.2019, p. 134-143.

Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62)21_Publication in refereed journalNot applicablepeer-review