Basic refrigeration cycle animation

The reciprocating compressor is similar to an automobile engine. As a hot low-pressure gas, the refrigerant moves to the compressor where the entire cycle is repeated. This is what happens to keep the refrigerator cool: Pure ammonia gas is highly toxic to people and would pose a threat if the refrigerator were to leak, so all home refrigerators don't use pure ammonia.

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In the expansion valve, the refrigerant liquid at high pressure drops to the lower pressure required at the evaporator and is directed to the evaporator. The intake valve closes when the refrigerant pressure inside the cylinder reaches that of the pressure in the evaporator.

Skematic of Compression Refrigeration System. By the way, if you have ever turned your car off on a hot summer day when you have had the air conditioner running, you may have heard a hissing noise under the hood. The refrigerant is pushed through the exhaust valve into the condenser.

The refrigerator in your kitchen uses a cycle that is similar to the one described in the previous section.

The compressed gas heats up as it is pressurized orange.

Refrigeration Cycle Animation - Vapor Compression Cycle Explained

Both the intake and exhaust valves are designed so that the flow of the refrigerant only travels in one direction through the system. Of the reciprocating, rotary, and centrifugal compressors, the most popular among domestic or smaller power commercial refrigration is the reciprocating. Refrigerant liquid from condenser is directed to the expansion valve.

Flow control device expansion valve: The refrigerant draws heat from the evaporator which causes the regrigerant to vaporize.

The condenser removes heat given off during the liquefication of vaporized refrigerant. The high-pressure ammonia liquid flows through the expansion valve. But in your refrigerator, the cycle is continuous.

The vaporized refrigerant goes back to the compressor to restart the cycle. CFC dichlorodifluoromethane has about the same boiling point as ammonia. Fans are often used to increase air flow by forcing air over the surfaces, thus increasing the condenser capability to give off heat.

Next the refrigerant flows through the condenser, where it condenses from vapor form to liquid form, giving off heat in the process.

Clearly, if the outside temperature is very hot i. In the s, it was discovered that the CFCs then in use are harmful to the ozone layer, so as of the s, all new refrigerators and air conditioners use refrigerants that are less ainmation to the ozone layer. This controls the flow of the liquid refrigerant into the evaporator. The above steps and processses describes the basic refrigeration cycle comprising of the absic, compressor, condenser and throttle expansion valve.

The discharge action of the compressor is replaced by a generator. The compressor compresses the ammonia gas. Relative Note This always appears relative to its trigger, regardless of the mouse position.

You may have heard of refrigerants know as CFCs chlorofluorocarbonsoriginally developed by Du Pont in the s as a non-toxic replacement for ammonia. Pete can be reached on campus, via email at phoffman swtc. You can think of the expansion valve as a small hole.

In order to remove as much heat as possible, the tubes are refrigsration to maximize surface area.

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The vapor is raised to a pressure such that its corresponding boiling condensing point temperature becomes higher than that of a cooling medium like water or air available at atmospheric temperature. Here the gas condenses to a nasic, and gives off its heat to the outside air.

This animatiion will look much better in a browser that supports web standardsbut it is accessible to any browser or Internet device. The coils on the back of the refrigerator let the hot ammonia gas dissipate its heat. Reston Publishing Company, Inc. What Gets Your Dishes Cleaner: Heat transfer depends on the properties of the refrigerant.

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