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Refrigerant Expansion and Control Device

Refrigerant Flow Control

1. To meter the liquid refrigerant from liquid line into the
evaporator at a rate commensurate with the rate at
which vaporization of liquid is occurring in the later
2. To maintain a pressure differential in the system to
permit the refrigerant to vaporize at desired low
pressure in the evaporator while condensing at a high
pressure in the condenser.
Refrigerant flow control devices include the following:
a. Automatic Expansion device
b. Thermostatic Expansion device
c. Thermal Electric Expansion device
d. Electronic Expansion device
e. High-side & Low-side float valves 1
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Thermostatic expansion valves (TEVs) for this kind embody a mechanism

which will detect the superheat of this gas leaving the evaporator.
Refrigerant boils in the evaporator at Te and Pe , until it is all vapour, point A
and then superheats to a condition Ts , Pe , at which it passes to the suction
line, point B. A separate container of the same refrigerant at temperature Ts
would have a pressure Ps, and the difference Ps - Pe represented by C - B
is a signal directly related to the amount of superheat.

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Thermostatic Expansion Device (TXV)
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TXV’s are the most widely

used refrigerant flow control
device. Operation is based on
maintaining a constant degree
of suction superheat at the
evaporator outlet. In case of
possible large pressure drop
in evaporator, equalizing
connectors are often used.

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Thermostatic Expansion Device (cont.)

The basic thermostatic expansion valve has a detector and power

element, charged with the same refrigerant as in the circuit.

The pressure Ps generated in the phial by the superheated gas passes

through the capillary tube to the top of the diaphragm.

An adjustable spring provides the balance of Ps- Pe at the diaphragm,

and the valve stem is attached at the centre.

Should the superheat fall for any reason, there will be a risk of liquid
reaching the compressor. The Ts will decrease with a corresponding
drop in Ps . The forces on the diaphragm are now out of balance and
the spring will start to close the valve.

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Automatic Expansion ValveCopyright(C) by Foxit Corporation,2005-2009
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AXV’s maintain a constant pressure in the evaporator by flooding

more or less of the evaporator surface in response to the
refrigeration load. It close off tightly when the compressor cycles off
and remains closed until the compressor cycle is on.
Thermo Electric Expansion Valve

Signal from a suitable thermistor placed at the evaporator out let will
vary, depending on whether it senses dry refrigerant gas or liquid
traces. It can be used to control the current through a thermal
element to modulate the expansion valve.

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Electronic Expansion Valve (EXV)
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The electronic expansion valve offers a finner degree of control and

system protection.

The benefits can be summarized as:

1. Precise flow control over a wide range of capacities

2. Rapid response to load changes
3. Better control at low superheats so that less evaporator surface
is required for superheat. More surface for evaporation results in
higher evaporating temperature and better efficiency.
4. Electrical connection between components offers greater
flexibility in system layout, which is important for compact
5. The valve can close when the system shuts down, which
eliminates the need for an additional shut off solenoid valve.

Electronic Expansion Valve (cont.)

Electronic expansion devices are now widely used on automatic

system in an integrated control circuit.

Capillary Tube
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Simplest / no moving parts / inexpensive.

Consists of merely fixed length of small diameter tube.
Not adjustable to changing load; susceptibility to clogging by
foreign particles.
Equalize pressure during off cycle. 9
High Pressure Float Valve

A high-side float valve is located at the high pressure side of the

system, between the compressor discharge outlet and the inlet of the
TXV. It control the refrigerant feed to the evaporator indirectly by
maintaining a constant liquid level in it.
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Low Pressure Float Valve
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It controls the liquid refrigerant feed to maintain a constant liquid

level in the evaporator. As the liquid level in the evaporator drops,
the float ball moves downward and opens the float valve wider so
that more refrigerant is feed to the evaporator. 11