In the pasteurization of milk the temperature is raised to 73°C, held for 20 sec., and then cooled. The milk arrives at a temperature of 7°C and is delivered from the pasteurizing process for packaging at a temperature of 4°C.

We will consider using a heat pump with a regenerative heat exchanger to do this. One possible cycle is shown in the figure below. The incoming milk is preheated in a regenerative heat exchanger and then heated further in the fore-condenser of the heat pump. As it exits the fore-condenser, the temperature of the milk is 73°C. Thereafter the milk is cooled as it flows through the other side of the regenerative heat exchanger and then through the evaporator of the heat pump.

Full Heat Pump Assignment

Find the optimal heat pump and regenerative exchanger that minimizes the total present worth of costs (capital cost and operating cost). Specifically, determine the areas of the heat exchangers (evaporator, condensers, and regenerative exchanger), size of the compressor, and temperatures t1, t2, te and tc that result in the minimum total cost. Run the problem with no constraints on temperatures of approach (Case 1); then rerun with constraints that all temperatures of approach (evaporator, condensers, regenerative heat exchanger) are at least 10 °C (Case 2).

This problem is based on a problem from W. Stoecker, Design of Thermal Systems, 3rd ed.


This assignment can be completed in groups of two. Additional guidelines on individual, collaborative, and group assignments are provided under the Expectations link.

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