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Vapor Compression Cycles: Control-Oriented Modeling and Validation

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Brian D. Eldredge, Bryan P. Rasmussen, Andrew G. Alleyne

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Paper No. IMECE2005-81649, pp. 1213-1222; 10 pages
  • ASME 2005 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Dynamic Systems and Control, Parts A and B
  • Orlando, Florida, USA, November 5 – 11, 2005
  • Conference Sponsors: Dynamic Systems and Control Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4216-9 | eISBN: 0-7918-3769-6
  • Copyright © 2005 by ASME


This paper presents experimental validation of a dynamic vapor compression cycle (VCC) system model specifically suited for multivariable control design. A moving-boundary lumped parameter modeling approach captures the essential two-phase fluid dynamics while remaining sufficiently tractable to be a useful tool for designing low-order controllers. This research makes two key contributions to the control-oriented dynamic modeling of these systems. First, the moving-boundary approach is used to develop models of evaporators and condensers with receivers, models previously unavailable in the literature. Second, semi-empirical correlations are incorporated for predicting key model parameters. The resulting models are compared to experimental data for validation purposes.

Copyright © 2005 by ASME



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