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Numerical simulation, fluid structure interaction, reed valves, high frequency, reciprocating compressor


This work presents a methodology for the numerical simulation of reed valves of a small-size reciprocating compressor (approximately 200 mm in length, 60 mm in diameter), oil free and operating at high frequency. A fluidstructure interaction methodology is employed, where the fluid domain is modeled by the tridimensional transient Navier-Stokes equations, while the solid domain is governed by a beam model considering geometrical contacts between valves and stoppers (valve plate, piston, etc.) Results are shown for mass flow, pump power consumption and valve losses for evaporating temperatures ranging from -15 degrees Celsius to +40 degrees Celsius, and condensing temperatures from +45 degrees Celsius to +85 degrees Celsius. Finally, numerical results were compared to experimental data.