Optimization of a cascade refrigeration system using refrigerant C3H8 in high temperature circuits (HTC) and a mixture of C2H6/CO2 in low temperature circuits (LTC)

Nasruddin, S. Sholahudin, N. Giannetti, Arnas

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Abstract

This paper discusses the multi-objectives optimization of a cascade refrigeration system using refrigerant C3H8 in high temperature circuits (HTC) and a mixture of C2H6/CO2 in low temperature circuits (LTC). The evaporator temperature, condenser temperature, C2H6/CO2 mixture condensation temperature, cascade temperature differences, and the CO2 mass fraction are chosen as the decision variables. Whereas cooling capacity, cold space temperature, and ambient temperature are taken as the constraints. The purpose of this research is to design a cascade refrigeration system whose optimum performance are defined in terms of economics and thermodynamics. Accordingly, there are two objective functions that should be simultaneously optimized including the total annual cost which consists of the capital and operational cost and the total exergy destruction of the system. To this aim, the optimum operating temperature of the system and CO2 fraction should be determined so that the system has minimum exergy destruction and annual cost. Results show that, the optimum value of the decision variables for this system can be determined by trade-off between annual cost and exergy destruction.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)96-103
Number of pages8
JournalApplied Thermal Engineering
Volume104
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Jul 5

Keywords

  • Cascade
  • CO fraction
  • Cost
  • Exergy
  • Multi-objective
  • Optimization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

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