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The Chrysler Airtemp Radial Compressor

Early Variable Capacity Compressor

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As part of the celebration of the 75th anniversary of Refrigeration Research Inc. we are looking back at the refrigeration industry when the company began in 1944. Chrysler Airtemp developed a unique radial compressor which resembled the large radial engines used on aircraft at that time in World War II. It used a hydraulic variable capacity control to cut in or cut out cylinders in response to the heat load on the system. This improved the efficiency and help better maintain steady temperatures which were needed for precise machining and measuring of parts for the aircraft industry. The massive effort by manufacturing to support the military benefitted the refrigeration industry with new innovative designs and ideas inspired by the need to aid in the war effort even though new refrigerators were mostly unavailable to the public until after the war ended.