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Fundamentals of refrigeration thermodynamics

Fundamentals of refrigeration thermodynamics
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ISBN: 978-87-403-0818-1
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Pages : 168
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John Anderson ★★★★★

Well explained with diagrams which makes it easy to follow and comprehensive. An excellent reference book on refrigeration thermodynamics, thanks.


The objective of the book is to serve first degree engineering students with an introduction to refrigeration systems. Typical topics include refrigeration thermodynamics, refrigeration systems and refrigeration modeling. These topics are presented in a student friendly manner assuming little to no previous knowledge of thermodynamis. The first part of the book deals with both the fundamentals of thermodynamics necessary in the study of refrigeration as well as the basics of refrigeration systems. The later chapters are more focused and slightly more advanced such that the student is introduced to the modeling aspects of refrigeration systems with the use of Mathworks® MATLAB.


  1. Fundamentals of thermodynamics
    1. Systems and energy
    2. Properties of working fluids
    3. Reversibility and irreversibility
    4. The first law of thermodynamics
    5. The second law of thermodynamics
    6. Thermodynamic processes
    7. Conclusions
  2. Heat engines and reversed heat engines
    1. Heat engines
    2. Reversed heat engines
    3. Carnot cycle for a reversed heat engine
    4. Conclusions
  3. Working fluids
    1. Vapours
    2. Perfect gases
    3. Fluids in refrigeration
    4. Conclusions
  4. Vapour compression cycles
    1. Limitations of the Carnot cycle
    2. Modifications to the Carnot cycle
    3. Thermodynamic analysis of the vapour compression cycle
    4. Multistage vapour compression cycles
    5. Heat pumps
    6. Compressors
    7. Conclusions
  5. Vapour absorption and other cycles
    1. Principles of vapour absorption
    2. Dühring charts
    3. Ammonia – water absorption systems
    4. Absorption chillers and heat pumps
    5. Heat transformers
    6. Multistage vapour absorption cycles
    7. Gas liquefaction
    8. Steam jet refrigeration
    9. Air standard refrigeration cycle
    10. Conclusions
  6. Principles of numerical modelling and experimentation
    1. General idea
    2. Experimentation and uncertainty
    3. Limitations of numerical methods and experimental validation
    4. Conclusions
  7. Vapour compression system modelling
    1. Single stage
    2. Cascaded system
    3. Conclusions
  8. Vapour absorption system modelling
    1. LiBr-water vapour absorption system
    2. LiBr-water vapour absorption system using a solution heat exchanger
    3. Conclusions

About the Author

Dr. Daniel Micallef is an academic at the University of Malta where he joined the Environmental Design department of the Faculty for the Built Environment in September 2014.

Dr. Micallef graduated in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Malta in 2008 with first class honours. He started his professional career in the public sector with the Malta Resources Authority as an energy analyst. During this time he initiated his career in academia. He read for a joint PhD with the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands (where he formed part of the DUWIND wind energy research group) and the University of Malta. His research focused on furthering the understanding of wind turbine flow phenomena close to the tip. During his PhD work, Dr. Micallef was visiting assistant lecturer at the University of Malta lecturing in subjects such as Thermal Environmental Engineering, Heat Transfer and Fluid Mechanics. He was awarded his PhD in 2012. Dr. Micallef also worked as a project officer at the Mechanical Engineering Department of the University of Malta where he developed analysis tools and contributed in the design of an urban wind turbine being developed by industry. He continued his research experience as a post-doctoral researcher with the Mechanical Engineering Department of the University of Malta. During his final months on the project, he was engaged as a lecturer at the Malta College of Arts Science and Technology (MCAST).

Dr. Micallef published in high quality peer reviewed journals and conferences worldwide including work related to vapour absorption refrigeration. His current major interests are in the fields of wind energy, building physics and renewable energy technologies in the built environment and refrigeration. Apart from his research activities, he lectures in undergraduate and Masters courses. Dr. Micallef is currently the secretary general of the Chamber of Engineers (an NGO). He is also the COST (Cooperation in Science and Technology) representative of Malta in two COST actions.

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