Investigation of Refrigerant Distribution in a Household Refrigerator with a Focus on the Role of the Accumulator

In order to maximize household refrigerator performance, it is important to understand the basic relationship between each component as well as the relationship between refrigerant and lubricant used in the system. This study examines the particular role of the accumulator in a household refrigeration system as well as the oil and refrigerant distribution within the compressor and accumulator. Data and video images were collected to understand the fluid motion throughout the system, particularly in the compressor shell, accumulator, accumulator outlet, and suction and discharge lines…

Author: Martin, Cara Sanderson

Source: University of Maryland

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