A novel condenser with offset strip fins on a mini channel flat tube for reducing the energy consumption of a household refrigerator

DOĞAN B., Ozturk M. M., Tosun T., Tosun M., ERBAY L. B.

Journal of Building Engineering, vol.44, 2021 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 44
  • Publication Date: 2021
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.jobe.2021.102932
  • Journal Name: Journal of Building Engineering
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, Compendex, INSPEC
  • Keywords: Energy consumption, Capillary length, Refrigerant amount, Strip fin, Compact heat exchanger, BOILING HEAT-TRANSFER, SERRATED FINS, FLOW, CYCLE
  • Eskisehir Osmangazi University Affiliated: Yes


© 2021 Elsevier LtdThe aim of the study is to reduce the amount of refrigerant and energy consumption of a household refrigerator by conserving the desired temperature inside the fresh food and freezer compartments. In this study, two novel condensers with different offset strip fin configurations on a mini-channel flat tube are used instead of a conventional wire-on-tube condenser. The impact of this novel application on the performance of the refrigerator is investigated experimentally by following the norms defined by IEC 62552:2015. The tests are conducted in a wide range of refrigerant charges (48–64 g) with three different capillary lengths (2800, 3300, and 3800 mm). Alternative couples of refrigerant charge and capillary length for the novel condensers are determined to decrease the daily energy consumption under the level of the original system with the wire-on-tube condenser. One of the aims of the study is achieved by 5.7% of energy-saving when one of the novel condensers is coupled with a 3300 mm length capillary tube and 50 g of refrigerant. The other aim of the study related with the environmental effect is achieved by reducing 10.7% of the refrigerant amount with the application of the novel condenser with offset strip fins on a mini channel flat tube.