Semi-active noise control for a hermetic digital scroll compressor

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Journal Article
Journal of Low Frequency Noise Vibration and Active Control, 2020
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© The Author(s) 2019. Hermetic digital scroll compressor has been widely used as a small-scale organic Rankine cycle application in the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems. A clunking noise issue is recently found in an air conditioning outdoor unit, and the main cause of the noise is experimentally identified to be the impact of the scrolls in the compressor unit during the switching process. The semi-active control methods are thus designed to greatly reduce the noise level by using additional valves to adjust the pressure changing rate within the modulation chamber. The response time for the impact of the scrolls can then be controlled by the added valves. The additional release valve with a smaller diameter pipe parallel to the main valve is tested firstly for its performance. Slower flow rate is produced and the pipe can extend the response time and decrease the speed of the impact process by reducing the pressure changing rate. The use of a discharge valve is also tested for controlling the pressure changing rate inside the chamber. The discharge valve with an opposite effect to the release valve is found useful for solving the noise issue. Both noise and vibration results confirm that the impact noise in the frequency range of interest can be reduced by using the proposed semi-active control methods.
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