Performance analysis of ammonia absorption GAX cycle for combined cooling and hot water supply modes

Chan Woo Park, Junemo Koo, Yong Tae Kang

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An ammonia Generator-Absorber heat eXchange (GAX) absorption cycle with combined cooling and hot water supply modes is developed in this study. This paper proposes new multi-modes GAX cycles which function in three different modes (case 1, case 2 and case 3) of cooling and hot water supply with one hardware (ammonia/water GAX absorption heat pump), and finds the best cycle for performance improvement by the parametric analysis. The key parameters are the outlet temperature of hot water and the split ratio of the solution. It is found that the COPc values for case 1, case 2 and case 3 are 60%, 42% and 87% of COPc for case 0, respectively, which is the standard cooling mode for the conventional GAX cycle. From the viewpoints of hot water supply, case 1 gives the best performance. However, during the summer season when the cooling mode is the primary purpose rather than the hot water supply, case 3 is the most desirable cycle. The split ratio of the solution should be carefully determined depending on the primary application of the modified GAX cycle; cooling or hot water supply applications. It is also recommended that the optimum design values of UASCA and UAHCA for case 3 should be less than those for case 1.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)727-733
Number of pages7
JournalInternational Journal of Refrigeration
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2008 Jun
Externally publishedYes


  • Absorption system
  • Ammonia-water
  • COP
  • Heat pump
  • Performance
  • Survey
  • Thermodynamic cycle

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical Engineering


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