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Experimental study on the effect of compressor frequency on the performance of a combined trans-critical CO2 system

Cui, C, Wei, X, Song, Y, Yin, X, Cao, F and Wang, X ORCID: 0000-0003-4293-7523 2020 , 'Experimental study on the effect of compressor frequency on the performance of a combined trans-critical CO2 system' , Applied Thermal Engineering, vol. 176 , pp. 1-8 , doi: 10.1016/j.applthermaleng.2020.115256.

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A trans-critical CO2 heat pump combined system was developed to improve the cycle performance under the working condition of low ambient temperature and high return water temperature. Large amounts of experimental investigation dealing with the variation of the frequency in the trans-critical CO2 combined system were carried out to research into the influence of capacity ratio between the main/auxiliary compressor on the system performance. The experimental results demonstrated the optimal discharge pressure for the both subsystems and that the frequency combination had a huge impact on the system performance. The 90/70 Hz frequency combination achieved the highest COP among all the tested frequency combinations in the ambient temperature of −20, −12 and 0 °C. The system COP was observed to increase by a maximum value of 6.7% under the design condition. The impact of the frequency combination on the optimal system COP would decrease with the augment of ambient temperature.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Cui, C and Wei, X and Song, Y and Yin, X and Cao, F and Wang, X
Keywords: CO2 trans-critical system, combined system, frequency combination, space heating
Journal or Publication Title: Applied Thermal Engineering
Publisher: Pergamon-Elsevier Science Ltd
ISSN: 1359-4311
DOI / ID Number: 10.1016/j.applthermaleng.2020.115256
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