Experimental determination of the feasibility of waste heat recovery in data centers using ejector based refrigeration
Sharp, Joshua Glenn
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The purpose of this thesis is to experimentally determine the feasibility of an ejector based, waste heat recovery driven refrigeration system applied to the data center environment in order to reduce operational cooling costs. A comprehensive literature review is detailed to determine the current state of the ejector refrigeration research and assess the initial direction of this thesis. A simplified model was created to perform preliminary performance estimations and system sizing before constructing an experimental system apparatus to evaluate the model predictions. The pressures and temperatures used in the model and instituted in the experimental system are based on the maximum temperatures typically observed in computing servers (50-75°C). Precision controlled heaters are used to simulate the computer server heat, and R245fa is used as the working fluid. Performance results ranged from 0.06 to 0.13.