Performance evaluations of refrigeration systems with air-cooled, water-cooled and evaporative condensers


Hosoz M. , Kilicarslan A.

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ENERGY RESEARCH, vol.28, no.8, pp.683-696, 2004 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 28 Issue: 8
  • Publication Date: 2004
  • Doi Number: 10.1002/er.990
  • Title of Journal : INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ENERGY RESEARCH
  • Page Numbers: pp.683-696

Abstract

This paper compares the performance characteristics of refrigeration systems employing three types of condensers, namely the air-cooled, the water-cooled and the evaporative condensers. Experimental studies were conducted in the same vapour-compression refrigeration unit operating with a different condenser in each test. It was found that the system with water-cooled condenser had a higher refrigeration capacity by 2.9-14.4%. and a higher COP by 1.5-10.2% than the one with evaporative condenser. However, the refrigeration capacity and COP of the unit with evaporative condenser were higher than those of the one with air-cooled condenser by 31.0 and 14.3%, respectively. Copyright (C) 2004 John Wiley Sons, Ltd.