Cooling capacity

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Cooling capacity is the measure of a cooling system's ability to remove heat.[1] The SI units are watts (W). Other common units include tons, and tonnes, which describe the amount of water at a given temperature that can be frozen in a given amount of time.[2] 1 ton of refrigeration is the ability of a refrigerator to freeze 2000 lbm of water at 0°C or 32°F in the period of 24 hours. 1 ton of refrigeration is equivalent to 211 [kJ/min] or 200 [Btu/min].[3]

The basic SI units equation for deriving cooling capacity is of the form:

\dot{Q}=\dot{m}C_p\Delta T

Where

\dot{Q} is the cooling capacity [kW]
\dot{m} is the mass rate [kg/s]
C_p is the specific heat capacity [kJ/kg K]
\Delta T is the temperature change [K]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Boles, Yunus A. Çengel, Michael A. (2011). Thermodynamics : an engineering approach (7th ed. ed.). New York: McGraw-Hill. p. 608. ISBN 978-0-07-352932-5. 
  2. ^ "Cooling Capacity". Furnace Compare (furnacecompare.com). Retrieved 30 October 2011. 
  3. ^ Boles, Yunus A. Çengel, Michael A. (2011). Thermodynamics : an engineering approach (7th ed. ed.). New York: McGraw-Hill. p. 609. ISBN 978-0-07-352932-5.