Baumeister, Theodore Formerly, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Columbia University, New York, New York; Editor in Chief, "Standard Handbook for Mechanical Engineers"
Suryanaryana, N. V. Department of Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Mechanics, College of Engineering, Michigan Technological University.
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The thermodynamic counterpart of the heat engine. A heat pump raises the temperature level of heat by means of work input. In its usual form a compressor takes refrigerant vapor from a low-pressure, low-temperature evaporator and delivers it at high pressure and temperature to a condenser (Fig. 1). The pump cycle is identical with the customary vapor-compression refrigeration system. See also: Refrigeration cycle
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