A Development of the Correlation for Predicting the Frost Height in Applying Photoelectric Sensors

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  • Jeon, Chang-Duk (Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, Korea National University of Transportation)
  • 전창덕 (한국교통대학교 기계공학과)
  • Received : 2015.07.17
  • Accepted : 2015.10.08
  • Published : 2015.10.31


In this study, experiments were conducted to investigate the correspondence between the output voltage of the photoelectric sensor and the frost height under heating and defrosting capacity test condition (dry bulb temperature $2^{\circ}C$, wet bulb temperature $1^{\circ}C$) described at KS C 9306, where a real heat exchanger was used as a test rig instead of a large-scale model. A digital microscope and a photoelectric sensor unit consisting of an emitter and a transistor (receiver) were installed in the front of it. A linear correlation is proposed to predict the frost height based on 150 experimental data, approximately 54% of the measured data are consistent with the predicted frost heights within a relative deviation of ${\pm}10%$, it yields good agreement with 90% of the measured data when the frost height larger than 0.3mm with in a relative deviation of ${\pm}10%$. Compared with Xiao's correlation, the slope namely, the change of frost height in accordance with the change of output voltage is consistent within the error of 2.3%. But vertical intercept shows big difference with Xiao's correlation, because it was developed with a large scale model instead of a real heat exchanger.


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