Calculating the Coefficient of Performance for a Heat Pump and Refrigeration Cycle Banner Ad
Refrigeration cycle loop diagram above a T-S plot and a P-H plot

The information presented in this blog post is for educational purposes only. It should not be used for engineering design or relied upon as engineering advice.

The sheet below calculates the coefficient of performance (COP) for a heat pump and refrigeration cycle. Additionally, the heating capacity, cooling capacity, and required compressor work input are also required. These calculations rely on the thermodynamic fluid property capabilities that have been recently added to using the powerful CoolProp library. Properties including enthalpy, entropy, viscosity, and density are available as functions of state for numerous fluids including humid air (psychrometrics), water/steam, common refrigerants, and glycol solutions. With these changes, is now the easiest way to use the CoolProp library (no installation or coding required). The learn more about this features, see the Thermodynamic Fluid Property tutorial.

The following tutorial video walks through the steps required to set up this calculation in

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