Prediction of Chiller Power Consumption: An Entropy Generation Approach

Jayaprakash Saththasivam, Kim Choon Ng

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Abstract

Irreversibilities in each component of vapor compression chillers contribute to additional power consumption in chillers. In this study, chiller power consumption was predicted by computing the Carnot reversible work and entropy generated in every component of the chiller. Thermodynamic properties namely enthalpy and entropy of the entire refrigerant cycle were obtained by measuring the pressure and temperature at the inlet and outlet of each primary component of a 15kW R22 water cooled scroll chiller. Entropy generation of each component was then calculated using the First and Second Laws of Thermodynamics. Good correlation was found between the measured and computed chiller power consumption. This irreversibility analysis can be also effectively used as a performance monitoring tool in vapor compression chillers as higher entropy generation is anticipated during faulty operations.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)389-395
Number of pages7
JournalHeat Transfer Engineering
Volume38
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 22 2016

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