How does a gas powered fridge work?

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    Good question, because it's not intuitive. But a gas-powered fridge operates like any other refrigeration or air conditioning system by using energy to move heat. A brief glance at "The Way Things Work" or another enlightening book will explain all.

    Or, if a fun trip to the Library isn't on your agenda, go to this site:

    http://www.cam.net.uk/home/StKilda/electrolux.html

    "'Albert Einstein and Leo Szilard invented the thermodynamic cycle that is used in the gas-powered fridge and they patented it. Electrolux bought the patent rights in 1930 though the patent has since expired and the method is also used by Sibir. The fridge has no moving parts and is powered by a small flame or heat-source. It uses a working fluid which is a mixture of ammonia and water. The space in the pipes is filled with hydrogen and the whole thing is pressurised and sealed."

    You really need a picture to explain it, and there's one at the above site.

    Gas-powered refrigerators work without moving parts, without a compressor.

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  • Anonymous
    4 years ago

    Gas Powered Fridge

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  • 1 decade ago

    The main component in a fridge is a compressor. Search the web for how a fridge works to find out what it does. The only difference in a gas-driven fridge is that the compressor is driven by a gas powered engine instead of an electric engine.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Works on gas! We have one of those in the camper van. When stopping in a camping site, we use electric (It runs on it as well) But whenever we decide to stop in a spot we like (No electirc supply) we switch the fridge onto gas and it works with a bottle. It works the same way as it does on electric/battery except that you have to be very careful when lighting it first as they'r quick to get air bubbles if you're not careful.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    ok, simple explanation.

    gas is the heat source. freon/argon/nitrogen is the gas held within the system which absorbes the heat produced by the gas flame. the gas is always trying to cool down the flame, so it literally drags the heat away... touch the rack on the back of the fridge or freezer. be careful cuz itll be hot! inside the box however, its freezing cold. conduction, convection and radiation... all in one go.

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  • 1 decade ago

    The fridge motor runs on gas not electricity. Think of an electric lawnmower and a petrol/gas lawnmower ,same principle.

    Good answer annie, that was also my first thought when I saw the question!!

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  • 1 decade ago

    Sorry ! I could not resist it... by gas!

    Yes very ignorant of me, not normally so apologises.

    Go for Roz!

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