Journal of Thermal Science

, Volume 28, Issue 2, pp 294–305 | Cite as

Investigation on the Influence of Refrigerant Charge Amount on the Cooling Performance of Air Conditioning Heat Pump System for Electric Vehicles

  • Kang Li
  • Jiao Lan
  • Guoliang Zhou
  • Qitian Tang
  • Qia Cheng
  • Yidong FangEmail author
  • Lin SuEmail author


The application of air conditioning heat pump (ACHP) in electric vehicles could lead to significant electrical power saving effect. As for an air conditioning heat pump system for electric vehicles, the influence of refrigerant charge amount should be investigated during the design phase. In this study, experimental method was employed to investigate the influence of the refrigerant charge amount on the performance of the ACHP system. The results showed that the refrigerant charge amount had different influence on the refrigerant properties at various locations within the system. The coefficient of performance and pressure-enthalpy diagram were calculated, and showed a close relationship with refrigerant charge amount under different compressor speeds. The degree of subcooling and the degree of superheating were recorded and the critical charge amount was determined by a typical practical test method. In addition, the critical refrigerant charge amount determined by the experimental method was also compared with two typical void fraction correlation models, and the model with consideration of two phase stream reaction of the refrigerant showed a good estimation accuracy on the critical charge amount.


air conditioning heat pump electric vehicle critical refrigerant charge cooling performance 


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This work was supported by The Open Project Program of State Key Laboratory of Fire Science (No. HZ2018-KF03), Shanghai Sailing Program (No. 18YF1417900), Huaqiao University Scientific Research Foundation (No. 16BS801). The authors thankfully acknowledge all these supports.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Energy and Power EngineeringUniversity of Shanghai for Science and TechnologyShanghaiChina

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