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Vapor-Compression Refrigeration Cycle

UPDATED: 09/03/2022

The vapor-compression refrigeration cycle is analogous to the Rankine cycle but runs in the opposite direction (counter-clockwise on the TS diagram vs. clockwise for the Rankine power cycle). This example uses R-134a as the working fluid, but that can be readily changed to another refrigerant.

Interface for Vapor Compression Refrigeration cycle. State points are entered in the upper left grid. Processes are recorded in the center left. Pv and Ts diagrams for the cycle are automatically plotted in the windows to the right.

Use of the CoolProp Excel add-in makes testing other fluids and multiple parameters a snap.

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