A rotary compressor relies on an eccentric rolling piston, which rotates at high speed, to compress gas in the compression chamber. The oil in the rotary compressor is used for lubricating the bearing and sealing the clearance of sliding parts. However, the oil can exhaust from the rotary compressor by the refrigerant flow and reduce the reliability of the compressor as a result. Thus, studying the behavior of oil droplets distribution in a rotary compressor is a major challenge for manufacturers who rely on CFD tools to predict the multiphase flow. By modifying a rotary compressor, the oil behavior inside the cylinder is observed and recorded by a high-speed imaging system. In the current phase, multiple targeted locations, including the space between the bearing housing and the stator, and the space above the stator are measured in different conditions. The number, size, velocity, and morphology of oil droplets are analyzed based on multiple snapshots. The result can assist designers in improving the CFD analysis of compressors and ultimately reducing the oil discharge rate (ODR).

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