Introduction to Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Systems

Introduction to Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Systems

Theory and Applications

Allan Kirkpatrick
ISBN: 9781681731735 | PDF ISBN: 9781681731742
Copyright © 2017 | 105 Pages | Publication Date: September, 2017

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This text provides background information, description, and analysis of four major cooling system technologies - vapor compression cooling, evaporative cooling, absorption cooling, and gas cooling. Vapor compression systems are currently the primary technology used in most standard domestic, commercial, and industrial cooling applications, as they have both performance and economic advantages over the other competing cooling systems. However, there are many other applications in which evaporative cooling, absorption cooling, or gas cooling technologies are a preferred choice.

The main focus of the text is on the application of the thermal sciences to refrigeration and air conditioning systems. The goals are to familiarize the reader with cooling technology nomenclature, and provide insight into how refrigeration and air conditioning systems can be modeled and analyzed. Cooling systems are inherently complex, as the second law of thermodynamics does not allow thermal energy to be transferred directly from a lower temperature to a higher temperature, so the heat transfer is done indirectly through a thermodynamic cycle.

Emphasis is placed on constructing idealized thermodynamic cycles to represent actual physical situations in cooling systems. The text also contains numerous practical examples to show how one can calculate the performance of cooling system components. By becoming familiar with the analyses presented in the examples, one can gain a feel for the the representative values of the various thermal and mechanical parameters that characterize cooling systems.

Table of Contents

Introduction to Cooling Technologies
Vapor Compression Cooling Cycles
Evaporative, Absorption, and Gas Cooling Cycles
Cooling Equipment
Author's Biography

About the Author(s)

Allan Kirkpatrick, Colorado State University
Dr. Allan T. Kirkpatrick is currently a Professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department at Colorado State University. He has B.S. (1972) and Ph.D. (1981) degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has published 4 books, and over 100 publications in the applied thermal-fluid sciences (HVAC in buildings, internal combustion engines, fluid jets) and engineering education areas. He has been an active member of ASME and ASHRAE, and has been invited to speak at universities and conferences in the United States, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. He been recognized over his career with numerous national and international awards for research and teaching in mechanical engineering. Most recently, Dr. Kirkpatrick was awarded the Ben Sparks Medal by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers in 2013.

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