GIK Institute of Engineering Sciences and Technology in collaboration with Isotherm Inc., USA has established the Natural Fluids Refrigeration Center (NFRC) to provide refrigeration solutions on a global scale. The NFRC seeks to accomplish its mandate by providing the industry with continuing improvement in refrigeration processes. The Center offers world class research and analytical services to industry, academia, private and government organizations. The NFRC is one of the unique research centers that has been actively conducting research on thermal hydraulic characteristics of high efficiency heat exchangers using natural refrigerants. Primary goal of the Center is to work on new and innovative techniques related to natural refrigerants and their effective use in refrigeration systems. The Center has a team of highly qualified researchers and well-trained technical staff with advanced equipment. The Center collaborates with universities, institutes and companies from around the world that are interested in the core subject.
To conduct applied and fundamental research, both short and long term, and provide consultancy and analytical services to worldwide industry in the areas of Process Heat Transfer, Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning related challenges.
The Center embarked its activities with the ASHRAE funded project entitled “Evaporation in Flooded Corrugated Plate Heat Exchangers with Ammonia and Ammonia/Miscible Oil (RP-1352)” which was successfully completed resulting in a doctoral thesis. The main objective of the project was to experimentally investigate thermo-hydraulic characteristics of a commercial chevron plate heat exchanger in single and two phase applications with and without lubricant effects and develop generalized correlations for heat transfer coefficient and friction factor.
The Center has been established with the view to provide an experimental facility for the industry with a goal to perform detailed analysis of problems and challenges. The modular design of the test facility at NFRC provides operational flexibility and control of experimental parameters. The facility has been so designed that condensation and evaporation heat transfer experiments could be carried with minor changes in the set up. Therefore, several types of experiments could be easily conducted for different refrigerants on different types of heat exchangers in single and two phase applications.
The NFRC serves as a research and development hub covering all aspects of refrigeration technology, i.e., compressors, heat exchangers, controls, piping, novel materials and metallurgy. It also concentrates on the environmental issues related to the region and the world. The Center coordinates with different International Institutes and technical societies that has common goals.