Emulation of semi-active flow control for evaporator superheat regulation
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© 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. This paper considers superheat control of a vapor compression cooling cycle. Earlier research presented a hybrid expansion valve (HEV) that combines fast-acting mechanical pressure control with a slower electronic controller to regulate superheat, providing significant improvements in superheat control over standard valves. This paper shows that these improvements can be recreated with a simpler implementation of purely electronic control and a single expansion valve actuator. Simulations explore the actuator requirements, and experiments using a commercially available thermally-actuated MEMS valve show that the control architecture is suitable for both single and multiple evaporator systems, provided the actuator is fast enough.
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Elliott, M., & Rasmussen, B. P.