Experimental research on the performance and parameters sensitivity analysis of variable refrigerant flow system with common faults imposed in heating mode

Wei Gou, Zhaoting Ren, Huanxin Chen*, Lu Xing, Zhenxin Zhou, Xingxiang Xia, Jingfeng Shi

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Abstract

Due to improper installation, operation, and maintenance, many common faults inevitably occur in the air conditioning systems. However, the same fault could demonstrate different characteristics under different load rates and fault levels; different faults may present similar fault phenomena. This paper reveals the quantitative impact of faults on system performance of VRF system with common faults imposed in heating mode through fault experiments. The system parameters sensitivity study has been carried out to understand the internal impact mechanism related to system parameters. This provides a reference for selecting characteristic parameters and fault decoupling variables and developing interpretable, professional, and reliable fault detection and diagnosis models. The results show that the outdoor unit fouling fault can cause the heating capacity to drop by 73.2%, and the indoor unit fouling can cause the system power to drop by 65.5%. The coefficient of performance drop is as high as 48.6%. The sensitivity study result shows that the system load rate is an influential parameter; it needs to be considered when characteristic parameters and fault decoupling variables are selected.

Original languageEnglish
Article number112624
Number of pages14
JournalEnergy and Buildings
Volume278
Early online date3 Nov 2022
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2023

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