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Computer Modeling and Simulation of Stationary-Vane, Rolling Piston Refrigeration Compressors

G. Prater, Jr.1

Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY 40292 USA

Computer Modeling in Engineering & Sciences 2002, 3(3), 299-312.


A vapor compressor's performance is affected by pressure and mass flow fluctuations resulting from acoustic effects in the suction and discharge manifolds. Through proper geometric design of the manifolds, these pulsations can be modified to increase efficiency and reduce noise. This paper documents the development of a computer simulation program used to tune stationary-vane refrigeration compressors. The program models the mechanical, fluid, thermodynamic, kinematic, and acoustical processes occurring in such compressors, and calculates suction and discharge chamber pressures, mass flow rates, valve displacements, and acoustic input and transfer impedances. Experimental acoustic pressure measurements from a refrigerator test stand provide validation of the simulation results.


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Prater, G., , J. (2002). Computer Modeling and Simulation of Stationary-Vane, Rolling Piston Refrigeration Compressors. CMES-Computer Modeling in Engineering & Sciences, 3(3), 299–312.

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