A comparison of an analytical and numerical flow model for the lubrication system of a variable speed hermetic compressor


Özsipahi M. , Cadirci S. , Gunes H. , Sarioglu K.

Isi Bilimi Ve Teknigi Dergisi/ Journal of Thermal Science and Technology, cilt.36, ss.41-49, 2016 (SCI Expanded İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier

  • Cilt numarası: 36 Konu: 2
  • Basım Tarihi: 2016
  • Dergi Adı: Isi Bilimi Ve Teknigi Dergisi/ Journal of Thermal Science and Technology
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.41-49

Özet

This study presents an analytical flow model for the screw pump and compares it with the numerical simulations for the lubrication system of a variable speed hermetic reciprocating compressor used mainly in household refrigerators. Since variable capacity compressors (VCC) can be operated at different rotational speeds, a sufficient lubrication is required even at low rotational speeds where centrifugal effects are at a minimum. The lubrication system of such compressors includes a screw pump inside their crankshaft for this purpose. Using the analytical flow model, effects of the main design parameters for the screw pump to maximize the mass flow rate of the lubricant released from the upper part of the crankshaft are predicted and compared with numerical results. Specifically, the effects of the rotational speed, the oil viscosity, the submersion depth of the crankshaft in the oil sump and screw aspect ratio are investigated in this paper.