Illustration of Vapor-compression refrigeration

1805-1876 Vapor-compression refrigeration

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Tom Sharp

Oliver Evans, Jacob Perkins, John Gorrie, Alexander Twining, James Harrison, Ferdinand and Edmond Carré, Carl von Linde thermodynamics Illustration of Vapor-compression refrigeration

Vapor-compression refrigeration

Oliver Evans described the essential components of a closed vapor-compression refrigeration cycle in 1805. * how a piston vacuum pump can reduce the boiling point of water or ether so that its cooling freezes ice how the pump’s compression stroke and a condenser can release heat before starting the cycle over. * Evans’ friend Jacob Perkins subsequently built the first working vapor-compression refrigeration system in 1834. * John Gorrie and Alexander Twining built prototypes, but their devices weren’t commercially successful. * James Harrison built the first successful ice-making machine using vapor compression in Australia in 1854. * Ferdinand Carré and his brother Edmond invented the ammonia-water absorption refrigerator in 1858. Their ice-making machine was based on Harrison’s design with a cooling coil, compressor, and condenser. * And in 1876, Carl von Linde added an expansion valve, also known as the Joule-Thomson orifice, after the condenser, further cooling the gas before it enters the cooling coils.


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