This paper presents a comprehensive review of two-phase ejector as an expansion device in vapor compression refrigeration cycle over the past two decades. It also covers research opportunities that are still open in the field of two-phase ejectors as an expansion valve. The studies of the application of ejector as an expansion device are relatively scarce compared to the application of ejector as heat-driven refrigeration system. A better understanding of two-phase flow in the ejector is necessary to optimize energy saving of the system. This paper also presents effects of geometric parameters of the ejector as an expansion valve on the performance of vapor compression refrigeration cycle. In addition, the effect of working fluid on the two-phase expansion refrigeration system is covered. The authors predict that the challenge of future research on design of two-phase ejector is how to generate a pressure rise in diffuser for minimum compressor work and optimum COP improvement.
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