Modelling of the coefficient of performance of an air-cooled screw chiller with variable speed condenser fans

F. W. Yu, K. T. Chan

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Abstract

Air-cooled chillers are generally recognized as energy intensive equipment in air-conditioned buildings in the subtropical climate. This paper considers how the use of variable speed condenser fans enables these chillers to operate more efficiently. The thermodynamic model of an air-cooled screw chiller was developed using the simulation program TRNSYS and validated using the field data and specifications of the chiller. The staging of condenser fans and the control of their speed in various operating conditions were described. A comparison was made on the coefficient of performance of the chiller in the steady state with various control strategies: head pressure control with constant or variable speed condenser fans; condensing temperature control (CTC) with constant or variable speed condenser fans. Potential improvements in the chiller COP due to the use of CTC with variable speed condenser fans were discussed. The findings of this paper are useful in developing more energy efficient air-cooled chillers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)407-417
Number of pages11
JournalBuilding and Environment
Volume41
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2006

Keywords

  • Air-cooled screw chiller
  • Coefficient of performance
  • Condenser fans
  • Variable speed control

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