HB products has developed the unique vapor quality sensor, which is the only sensor able to directly measure the liquid content of liquid in the evaporator output. The sensor works both in pump circulated and DX systems and can optimize the efficiency and capacity to a new level.
The optimal evaporator is not filled with liquid refrigerant like you often have in pump circulated refrigerant systems with circulation ratios above 1.5. The optimal evaporator is not dry like a lot of superheat-controlled evaporators.
By measuring the liquid content in the evaporator output and using this measurement to control the liquid feed.
Most refrigeration systems operate most of the time in part load and especially during part load the efficiency is typically rather poor and can be optimized significantly. Pump circulated systems fills the evaporator with liquid which reduce heat transfer by 50 % and increases the pressure loss which increase energy consumption. For pump circulated systems an energy saving of minimum 20% is typical for optimized systems, and much more on systems without circulation control.
In DX systems a larger part of the evaporator is used for superheating and the superheat is increased which reduce capacity and increase the power consumption dramatically. We have documentation showing an energy saving of 20% during full load and 50% during part load for a DX ammonia system.
With a vapor quality sensor integrated into a standard strainer house you are ensured safe functionality of the sensor and easy installation. The butt-welded connection makes it easy to weld with same size of piping.
Please be aware that the flow direction of the vapor quality sensor is opposite of the flow direction when used as a strainer. If installed with wrong flow direction functionality will NOT be correct.
Besides the benefit of easy installation this solution makes it easy to dismantle the lid with the sensor conductor and clean it if necessary.
The sensor integrated into standard strainer housing is available in both carbon steel DN20 to DN300 and stainless steel DN20 to DN65.
- Measures the volumetric concentration of gas in a gas/liquid mixture
- Balanced evaporator control to achieve semi-flooded operation with high heat transfer
- Able to control an expansion valve directly with simultaneously analog 4-20mA output to a PLC
- Can be used to optimize and control both DX systems and overfeed systems
- Instant measurement and analog output
- Can be used for all common refrigerants