A general thermodynamic model for absorption chillers: Theory and experiment

J. M. Gordon*, Kim Choon Ng

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A general thermodynamic model for cooling devices is derived and applied to absorption chillers. Observing that finite-rate mass transfer dominates irreversibilities in absorption chillers, we derive how chiller coefficient of performance should depend on cooling rate and key system variables. Model predictions are compared against performance data from journal articles, manufacturer catalogue data, and our own experimental measurements, with favourable results.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)73-83
Number of pages11
JournalHeat Recovery Systems and CHP
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1995
Externally publishedYes

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