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    Double-trunk pistons and thermal-electric expansion valves



    Had never heard of double-trunk pistons and wondered if they still get used?

    And dont think Ive come across a thermal-electric expansion valve before, where they used much before electronic valves came in use?

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    Re: Double-trunk pistons and thermal-electric expansion valves

    Thermal electric ... new one on me too, found this.. not too technical but has got a schematic.
    http://bit.ly/2eOTPNb
    Brian, retired in Devon.

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    Re: Double-trunk pistons and thermal-electric expansion valves

    The early thermal electric valve was used in some supermarket cabinets from memory I believe it was Sainsbury's who started the fashion. I think it was someone like Flica who made them. They had a bi metal strip which deflected when heated to push the valve open and then closed as the power was removed.They caused all sort of problems by over shooting and jamming open etc not very reliable at all.
    Then the AKV valve came on the market a simple pulsed solenoid eev which anyone could make a controller for. They were first introduced some 35 + years ago . I suppose they could be classed as the first electronic valve . I think some of the problems with the valve was that engineers didn't understand how they worked and therefore were not set up correctly . I remember back in the early days of electronics the engineers first comments when doing training was "how do we bypass them ?"
    Trunk pistons were used in the big old twin and large mono block compressors which used massive pistons some 12 to 15 inch diameter with a trunk some 18 inches long with centrifs and screws big machines are no longer needed
    Last edited by Glenn Moore; 11-09-2017 at 08:18 AM.

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    Re: Double-trunk pistons and thermal-electric expansion valves

    Hi,

    For your double trunk Compressors the following thread has some photos etc;

    http://www.refrigeration-engineer.co...out-flowmeters

    But like Mr Moore says they are rarely seen now - lots of moving parts, rod seals prone to leakage, expensive to maintain...
    Mankind does not know why Coffee make us poop..
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=U8Fqyyv16SM

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    Re: Double-trunk pistons and thermal-electric expansion valves

    I think in certain fields they are still used, but as said not as much due to screw compressors etc.
    Have seen them in air & Co2 compressors (oil free air with teflon piston rings).
    Also in gas fields & process plants.

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    Re: Double-trunk pistons and thermal-electric expansion valves

    Thank you Brian, Glenn, HVACRsaurus and Ranger.
    Anyone know if there was any real benefits to having the suction valves as part of the piston?

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    Re: Double-trunk pistons and thermal-electric expansion valves

    Quote Originally Posted by seanf View Post
    Thank you Brian, Glenn, HVACRsaurus and Ranger.
    Anyone know if there was any real benefits to having the suction valves as part of the piston?

    I think in in some cases it simplifies design for that type of compressor.
    As far as efficiency or performance it would not improve it.

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    Re: Double-trunk pistons and thermal-electric expansion valves

    Thanks Ranger.

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