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Title: Synchronous compartment temperature control and apparatus for refrigeration with reduced energy consumption

Abstract

A refrigerator appliance configuration, and associated methods of operation, for an appliance with a controller, a condenser, at least one evaporator, a compressor, and two refrigeration compartments. The configuration may be equipped with a variable-speed or variable-capacity compressor, variable speed evaporator or compartment fans, a damper and/or a dual-temperature evaporator with a valve system to control flow of refrigerant through one or more pressure reduction devices. The controller, by operation of the compressor, fans, damper and/or valve system, depending on the appliance configuration, controls the cooling rate in one or both compartments to synchronize, alternating cycles of cooling the compartments to their set point temperatures.

Inventors:
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Issue Date:
Research Org.:
Whirlpool Corporation, Benton Harbor, MI (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
1215828
Patent Number(s):
9,140,477
Application Number:
13/476,385
Assignee:
Whirlpool Corporation (Benton Harbor, MI)
DOE Contract Number:  
EE0003910
Resource Type:
Patent
Resource Relation:
Patent File Date: 2012 May 21
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
32 ENERGY CONSERVATION, CONSUMPTION, AND UTILIZATION

Citation Formats

Gomes, Alberto Regio, Keres, Stephen L., Kuehl, Stephen J., Litch, Andrew D., Richmond, Peter J., and Wu, Guolian. Synchronous compartment temperature control and apparatus for refrigeration with reduced energy consumption. United States: N. p., 2015. Web.
Gomes, Alberto Regio, Keres, Stephen L., Kuehl, Stephen J., Litch, Andrew D., Richmond, Peter J., & Wu, Guolian. Synchronous compartment temperature control and apparatus for refrigeration with reduced energy consumption. United States.
Gomes, Alberto Regio, Keres, Stephen L., Kuehl, Stephen J., Litch, Andrew D., Richmond, Peter J., and Wu, Guolian. Tue . "Synchronous compartment temperature control and apparatus for refrigeration with reduced energy consumption". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1215828.
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abstractNote = {A refrigerator appliance configuration, and associated methods of operation, for an appliance with a controller, a condenser, at least one evaporator, a compressor, and two refrigeration compartments. The configuration may be equipped with a variable-speed or variable-capacity compressor, variable speed evaporator or compartment fans, a damper and/or a dual-temperature evaporator with a valve system to control flow of refrigerant through one or more pressure reduction devices. The controller, by operation of the compressor, fans, damper and/or valve system, depending on the appliance configuration, controls the cooling rate in one or both compartments to synchronize, alternating cycles of cooling the compartments to their set point temperatures.},
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