Flash Tank Vapor Injection, Dymola, EcosimPro, Simulink, Simulations
In this paper, we model a relatively complex flash tank vapour injection heat pump using the physical modelling software EcosimPro. The heat pump was extensively tested in a previous study and a variety of system parameters were made available for validation. Simulation results are compared against measured data as well as against two other platforms: Dymola and Simulink. Startup and step-change transients have been simulated. The discrepancies between the different models are used to highlight some important aspects in conducting dynamic thermo-fluid simulations. In particular, although qualitatively representative trends may be reproduced, there is an unavoidable need to first obtain experimental measurements to improve the accuracy of the simulated parameters.