Energy, Vol.163, 1217-1230, 2018
Thermodynamic analysis of a novel Ejector Enhanced Vapor Compression Refrigeration (EEVCR) cycle
This paper presents a theoretical thermodynamic analysis of a novel Ejector Enhanced Vapor Compression Refrigeration (EEVCR) cycle using zeotropic mixture of propane and isobutane (R290/R600a) as a refrigerant to replace R134a in domestic refrigerators/freezers.1 D thermodynamic model for a constant area mixing ejector is used to estimate the cycle performance under the condition of optimal operating regime. The Coefficient of Performance (COP), the Volumetric Cooling Capacity (VCC), Q(v), and the compressor pressure ratio are studied for the novel EEVCR cycle and the results are compared to the conventional cycle using pure fluid R134a and zeotropic mixture R290/R600a. A comparative study was carried out to determine the propane mass fraction, z in the zeotropic mixture that would be a suitable replacement for R134a. The results indicated that the cycle COP and Q(v) could be improved by 23% and 62.71%, respectively. In addition, the cycle COP and Q(v) for the proposed EEVCR cycle were higher by 70% than those for a modified ejector expansion cycle. Finally, the propane mass fraction of 60% in the zeotropic R290/R600a mixture was found to have similar saturation pressure as R134a and the cycle COP and Q(v) were found similar to those of R134a. (C) 2018 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.