Circuiting of industrial evaporators under frosting conditions (Aljuwayhel et al, 2007)

by Aljuwayhel, Reindl, Klein, and Nellis

Title: Circuiting of industrial evaporators under frosting conditions (Aljuwayhel et al, 2007)

Author(s): Aljuwayhel
                Reindl
                Klein
                and Nellis

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This paper describes a theoretical model of a large-scale, ammonia-fed evaporator coil used in an industrial refrigeration system and operating under low temperature air and refrigerant conditions that are typically encountered in refrigerated storage spaces. The model is used to simulate the performance of counter-flow and parallel-flow circuited evaporator coil designs under frosting conditions. The counter-flow frost model is validated using in situ data obtained from a field-installed evaporator coil. The performance of an evaporator in a parallel-flow circuit arrangement is simulated and compared to counter-flow circuiting. The effects of coil circuiting are evaluated in terms of the frost distribution across the evaporator coil and the associated reduction in cooling capacity during operation.