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Title: Performance of a domestic refrigerator in varying ambient temperatures, concentrations of TiO2 nanolubricants and R600a refrigerant charges
Authors: Adelekan, D.S.
Ohunakin, O.S.
Oladeinde, M.H.
Jatinder, Gill
Atiba, O.E.
Nkiko, Mojisola O.
Atayero, A.A.
Keywords: R600a
TiO2 nanoparticle
Ambient temperature
Issue Date: Jan-2021
Publisher: Heliyon
Abstract: This study investigates the effect of varying test conditions including ambient temperature (19, 22, and 25 C), mass charges of R600a refrigerant (40, 50, 60, and 70 g), and concentrations of TiO2 nanolubricant (0, 0.2 and 0.4 g/L) on the performance of a slightly modified 100g R134a domestic refrigeration system. The investigated parameters include evaporator air temperature, energy consumption, coefficient of performance, and second law efficiency of the system. The results showed that the performance of the refrigeration system at 0.2 and 0.4 g/L concentrations of TiO2 nanolubricant, improved at optimum ambient temperature and R600a mass charge conditions. At optimum conditions, the evaporator air temperature and energy consumption reduced within the range 5.26 to 26.32 %, and 0.13 to 14.09 % respectively, while the coefficient of performance and second law efficiency increased within the range 0.05 to 16.32 %, and 2.8 to 16 %, respectively. However, at other conditions (nonoptimum), the energy consumption and evaporator air temperature were higher and within the range 0.28 to 8.26 %, and 5 to 40 % respectively, while the coefficient of performance and second law efficiency reduced within the range 2.99 to 10.94 %, and 0.55 to 13.43 % respectively. In conclusion, we observed variations in the performance of the refrigerator with varying test conditions.
Description: Staff Publication
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