Objectives of the lesson:
The objectives of this lesson are to:1.
Define refrigeration and air conditioning
Introduce aspects of various natural refrigeration methods, namely:a.
Use of ice transported from colder regions
Use of ice harvested in winter and stored in ice houses
Use of ice produced by nocturnal cooling
Use of evaporative cooling
Cooling by salt solutions
Introduce historical aspects of various artificial refrigeration methods, namely:a.
Vapour compression refrigeration systems, includingi.
Domestic refrigeration systems
Air conditioning systems
Vapour absorption refrigeration systems
Solar energy based refrigeration systems
Air cycle refrigeration systems
Steam and vapor jet refrigeration systems
Thermoelectric refrigeration systems
At the end of the lesson the student should be able to:1.
Identify various natural and artificial methods of refrigeration2.
List salient points of various refrigeration techniques, and3.
Name important landmarks in the history of refrigeration
Refrigeration may be defined as the process of achieving and maintaining atemperature below that of the surroundings, the aim being to cool some product or space tothe required temperature. One of the most important applications of refrigeration has been thepreservation of perishable food products by storing them at low temperatures. Refrigerationsystems are also used extensively for providing thermal comfort to human beings by meansof air conditioning. Air Conditioning refers to the treatment of air so as to simultaneouslycontrol its temperature, moisture content, cleanliness, odour and circulation, as required byoccupants, a process, or products in the space. The subject of refrigeration and airconditioning has evolved out of human need for food and comfort, and its history dates back to centuries. The history of refrigeration is very interesting since every aspect of it, theavailability of refrigerants, theprime moversand the developments incompressorsand the
methods of refrigeration all are a part of it. The French scientist Roger Th
venot has writtenan excellent book on the history of refrigeration throughout the world. Here we present only a
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