This paper develops a design optimization procedure in scroll-type compressor (STC). By integrating the verified STC simulation model with an optimum solver, a frictional losses reduced problem of bearing components has been investigated. After the optimum search, the frictional losses can be reduced in range of 14.1-18.1% at all testing conditions with specified constraints. Herein, the design modifications of crank and upper bearings are compromised between reduction of frictional losses and maintenance of hydrodynamic lubrication. In addition, the narrower and shorter design of lower bearing and smaller one of thrust bearing can reduce frictional losses too. Furthermore, wider selection of materials in all the bearings can be adopted with the satisfied strength constraint. By using this procedure, various optimum combinations of parameters can be found for different STC design considerations.
- Scroll compressor