Thermodynamic Analysis of a Solar-Assisted Air Conditioning System Performance

Project: Research

Project Details


This research is proposed to examine the performance of air-conditioning system assisted by solar heater. The solar heater function is to heat the refrigerant gases after exiting the compressor before passing through the inlet of the condenser. The research will include a comparison between a traditional air conditioning unit and a solar assisted unit in terms of performance, energy consumption and capital cost. The comparative analysis will be conducted at the same time, location, and operating conditions. The research tasks are divided into two experimental and theoretical parts. First, experimental part will involve the setup of the solar assisted and conventional air conditioning units and equip it with the required instrumentation. Hourly and daily data of energy consumption, temperature, and humidity will be collected and recorded in addition to the air flow rate and conditions throughout the evaporator. The theoretical part will include the development of a thermo-economic mathematical model for the conventional and the solar-assisted air conditioning systems using EES code based on thermodynamic analysis taking into account the capital cost of both units and the cost of energy savings for the solar assisted unit.
Effective start/end date9/02/159/01/16


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