Rolling Piston Rotary Compressor, Discharge Valve, Flow Coefficient, Energy Efficiency Ratio
The flow coefficient of a discharge valve system with lift height was functionalized by experiments and Computational Fluid Dynamics(CFD) simulation to predict the mass flow rate through a discharge valve system in a rolling piston compressor with different compressor frequency and operating conditions. The flow coefficients of the discharge valve system were determined by both experiments and CFD simulation for specifically configured condition with varying discharge port diameter, valve lift height and valve shape to consider operating and geometric conditions. The experiment and CFD simulation were conducted under the incompressible flow and steady state. Ambient air was used as a working fluid. In order to verify the reliability of CFD simulation, the computational results were compared with those of experiment. The flow coefficient maps for each discharge valve system could be obtained from the computational results. The functional flow coefficient model was derived from the maps. It was applied to compressor performance simulation to calculate mass flow rate at the discharge valve system as a function of diameter of discharge port and lift height of the valve. Energy Efficiency Ratio(EER) obtained from the functional flow coefficient model with varying compressor frequency showed good agreement with experimental data. The Functionalization of flow coefficient may improve the precision of compressor performance simulation.