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Analysis of a Multi-Cascade Methyl Linoleate / SCO2 / Transcritical CO2 / R-410A Refrigeration Cycle for Use in High Temperature High Pressure Environments

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Kevin R. Anderson, Christopher McNamara

California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, CA

Ariel Gatti

Ingenium Consulting Services, San Gabriel, CA

Paper No. IMECE2016-65547, pp. V008T10A100; 9 pages
  • ASME 2016 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Volume 8: Heat Transfer and Thermal Engineering
  • Phoenix, Arizona, USA, November 11–17, 2016
  • Conference Sponsors: ASME
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5062-6
  • Copyright © 2016 by ASME


This paper presents the results of an analysis of a hybrid cascaded Methyl Linoleate / Supercritical (SCO2) / Transcritical CO2 / R-410A cycle for extreme environment refrigeration applications. The particular application of this cascaded CO2 refrigeration cycle stems from a space exploration application of a Venus lander mission. The payload of the Venus lander is subject an extremely harsh environment, i.e. the objective is to maintain a 1 cubic meter payload cavity at 35 °C, with dissipation of 500 W to an environmental temperature of 465 °C. Complicating the situation is the Venus local atmosphere is 9 MPa, and the atmosphere is mainly comprised of CO2 (95.5% by volume, 3.5% N2 by volume). Because this temperature is so high, to stay under the saturation dome we need some fairly exotic fluids to do a normal vapor compression system. Some of the only fluids with critical points allowing for this particular application are sulfuric acid and Fatty Acid Methyl Ester (FAME) type bio-diesels such as Methyl Linoleate (MLL). The actual heat rejection process and throttling processes are the primary challenges of this research topic. Results of a COP comparison and a lift curve are carried out in order to determine efficiency and guide feasibility of realizing the actual hardware to be used in the cycle.

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