Ejector refrigeration systems are rapidly evolving and are poised to become one of the most preferred cooling systems in the near future. CO2
transcritical refrigeration systems have inherently high working pressures and discharge temperatures, providing a large volumetric heating capacity. In the current research, the heat ejected from the CO2
gas cooler was proposed as a driving heating source for the compression ejector system, representing the energy supply for the generator in a combined cycle. The local design approach was investigated for the combined plate-type heat exchanger (PHE) via Matlab code integrated with the NIST real gas database. HFO refrigerants (1234ze(E) and 1234yf) were selected to serve as the cold fluid on the generator flowing through three different phases: subcooled liquid, a two-phase mixture, and superheated vapour. The study examines the following: the effectiveness, the heat transfer coefficients, and the pressure drop of the PHE working fluids under variable hot stream pressures, cold stream flow fluxes, and superheated temperatures. The integration revealed that the cold fluid mixture phase dominates the heat transfer coefficients and the pressure drop of the heat exchanger. By increasing the hot stream inlet pressure from 9 MPa to 12 MPa, the cold stream two-phase convection coefficient can be enhanced by 50% and 200% for R1234yf and R1234ze(E), respectively. Conversely, the cold stream two-phase convection coefficient dropped by 17% and 37% for R1234yf and R1234ze(E), respectively. The overall result supports utilising the ejected heat from the CO2
transcritical system, especially at high CO2
inlet pressures and low cold channel flow fluxes. Moreover, R1234ze(E) could be a more suitable working fluid because it possesses a lower pressure drop and bond number.
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