Experimental evaluation of capillary tube-suction line heat exchanger performance with R-152a Conference Paper uri icon


  • Capillary tube-suction line heat exchanger performance correlations predicting mass flow rate and effective subcooling have been generated for refrigerant R-152a for application to household refrigerators. These prediction correlations were developed from experimental data taken over a range of applicable operating boundary conditions and heat exchanger geometries. Due to the large number of variables that could potentially influence heat exchanger performance, statistical methods were employed in designing the test plan and in reducing the data. For these experiments, the measured mass flow rate ranged between 6.5 and 15.5 lbm/h (2.95 and 7.03 kg/h), and the effective subcooling level ranged between 25F and 50F (13.9C and 27.8C). A comparison of the R-152a results to experimental data for R-12 was also made.

published proceedings

  • ASHRAE Transactions

author list (cited authors)

  • Bittle, R. R., Stephenson, W. R., & Pate, M. B.

complete list of authors

  • Bittle, RR||Stephenson, WR||Pate, MB

publication date

  • January 1995