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Title: Review on improvement for air source heat pump units during frosting and defrosting
Authors: Song, M
Deng, S 
Dang, C
Mao, N
Wang, Z
Keywords: Air source heat pump
Control strategy
Defrosting method
Energy saving
Frost retarding measure
Reverse cycle defrosting
Issue Date: 2018
Publisher: Elsevier Ltd
Source: Applied energy, 2018, v. 211, p. 1150-1170 How to cite?
Journal: Applied energy 
Abstract: Air source heat pump (ASHP) units have found worldwide applications due to their advantages of high energy efficient and environmental friendly. Frost deposition and accumulation on the surface of the outdoor coil in an ASHP unit is inevitable and always play significant negative effects. To accurately predict and control a frosting-defrosting cycle, the interrelated heat, mass, and momentum transport phenomena within frost, melted frost and at the air-frost interface, a moving boundary condition, should be clearly understood. This review paper focuses on the developments in frost retarding and defrosting investigations for ASHP units from 2000 to 2017. 12 frost retarding measures and 5 defrosting methods are firstly introduced, followed by 6 typical system optimization methods during reverse cycle defrosting. Alternative control strategies to start and end a defrosting operation are thereby presented. Basing on previous analysis, the existing gaps in the research works on frost retarding and defrosting are identified, and recommendations are finally offered as per the viewpoint of the present authors. This comprehensive and systematic review around an entire frosting-defrosting cycle might provide an overview of the analytical tools for scholars, researchers, product developers, and policy makers, and shed new light on the designing and performance optimization of ASHP units.
ISSN: 0306-2619
EISSN: 1872-9118
DOI: 10.1016/j.apenergy.2017.12.022
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