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[en] A theoretical model is developed to simulate the heat and mass transfer processes in a cross flow dehumidifier/regenerator using liquid desiccant. The model depends on NTU as input parameter, and NTU can be correlated based on the corresponding experimental data. The model is able to predict the air and desiccant parameters inside the dehumidifier/regenerator, as well as the outlet parameters, with known inlet parameters. The calculated results are compared with the experimental findings. For the total 284 groups of dehumidification experimental data with different module sizes, the average absolute discrepancies for enthalpy effectiveness and moisture effectiveness are 7.9% and 8.5%, respectively. For the 82 groups of regeneration experimental results, the average discrepancies for enthalpy and moisture effectiveness are 5.8% and 6.9%, respectively. The distributions of desiccant outlet temperatures are measured during both the dehumidification and regeneration processes, and the temperatures predicted by the theoretical model agree well with the experimental results
[en] An experimental study has been conducted to investigate the performance of a liquid desiccant air dehumidifier equipped with a structured packing made of wood for three different densities using triethylene glycol (TEG) as the liquid desiccant. The structured packing densities used were 77, 100 and 200 m2/m3. The performance of the dehumidifier was expressed in terms of the moisture removal rate and the dehumidifier effectiveness under different air and desiccant parameters, i.e. the air and TEG flow rates, air and TEG inlet temperatures, inlet air humidity and inlet TEG concentration. In general, the trend in the dehumidifier performance was similar to that reported by other investigators using random packing. The effect of packing density on moisture removal rate and dehumidifier effectiveness is assessed. The differences in the effectiveness of different packing densities are attributed to the wetting condition. Lower effectiveness of the column is shown with the packing density of 200 m2/m3 compared to the other two packing densities when the air flow rate, inlet concentration and desiccant flow rate are increased. However, higher effectiveness is shown when either the inlet temperature of the air or desiccant is increased
[en] Highlights: • Five configurations of a DEC system are analyzed in five climate zones. • DEC system model configurations are developed in Dymola/Modelica. • Performance analysis predicted a suitable DEC system configuration for each climate zone. • Results show that climate of Vienna, Sao Paulo, and Adelaide favors the ventilated-dunkle cycle. • While ventilation cycle configuration suits the climate of Karachi and Shanghai. - Abstract: Performance of desiccant evaporative cooling (DEC) system configurations is strongly influenced by the climate conditions and varies widely in different climate zones. Finding the optimal configuration of DEC systems for a specific climatic zone is tedious and time consuming. This investigation conducts performance analysis of five DEC system configurations under climatic conditions of five cities from different zones: Vienna, Karachi, Sao Paulo, Shanghai, and Adelaide. On the basis of operating cycle, three standard and two modified system configurations (ventilation, recirculation, dunkle cycles; ventilated-recirculation and ventilated-dunkle cycles) are analyzed in these five climate zones. Using an advance equation-based object-oriented (EOO) modeling and simulation approach, optimal configurations of a DEC system are determined for each climate zone. Based on the hourly climate data of each zone for its respective design cooling day, performance of each system configuration is estimated using three performance parameters: cooling capacity, COP, and cooling energy delivered. The results revealed that the continental/micro-thermal climate of Vienna, temperate/mesothermal climate of Sao Paulo, and dry-summer subtropical climate of Adelaide favor the use of ventilated-dunkle cycle configuration with average COP of 0.405, 0.89 and 1.01 respectively. While ventilation cycle based DEC configuration suits arid and semiarid climate of Karachi and another category of temperate/mesothermal climate of Shanghai with average COP of 2.43 and 3.03 respectively
[en] Highlights: ► Effects of irreversible processes on the performance of desiccant cooling cycle are identified. ► The exergy destructions involved are classified by the properties of the individual processes. ► Appropriate indexes for thermodynamic evaluation are proposed based on thermodynamic analyses. - Abstract: Thermodynamic analyses of desiccant cooling cycle usually focus on the overall cycle performance in previous study. In this paper, the effects of the individual irreversible processes in each component on thermodynamic performance are analyzed in detail. The objective of this paper is to reveal the elemental features of the individual components, and to show their effects on the thermodynamic performance of the whole cycle in a fundamental way. Appropriate indexes for thermodynamic evaluation are derived based on the first and second law analyses. A generalized model independent of the connection of components is developed. The results indicate that as the effectiveness of the desiccant wheel increases, the cycle performance is increased principally due to the significant reduction in exergy carried out by exhaust air. The corresponding exergy destruction coefficient of the cycle with moderate performance desiccant wheel is decreased greatly to 3.9%, which is more than 50% lower than that of the cycle with low performance desiccant wheel. The effect of the heat source is similar. As the temperature of the heat source increases from 60 °C to 90 °C, the percentage of exergy destruction raised by exhaust air increases sharply from 5.3% to 21.8%. High heat exchanger effectiveness improves the cycle performance mainly by lowering the irreversibility of the heat exchanger, using less regeneration heat and pre-cooling the process air effectively
[en] Highlights: ► A solar desiccant cooling/heating system is simulation studied. ► The mean deviation is about 10.5% for temperature and 9.6% for humidity ratio. ► The 51.7% of humidity load and 76% of the total cooling can be handled. ► About 49.0% of heating load can be handled by solar energy. ► An optimization of solar air collector has been investigated. - Abstract: To increase the fraction of solar energy might be used in supplying energy for the operation of a building, a solar desiccant cooling and heating system was modeled in Simulink. First, base case performance models were programmed according to the configuration of the installed solar desiccant system and verified by the experimental data. Then, the year-round performance about the system was simulated. Last, design parameters of solar air collectors were optimized that include collector area, air leakage and thermal insulation. Comparison between numerical and experimental results shows good agreement. During the simulation, the humidity load for 63 days (51.7%) can be totally handled by the two-stage desiccant cooling unit. For seasonal total heating load, about 49.0% can be handled by solar energy. Based on optimized results, the thermal energy subsystem functioned to its expected performance in solar energy collection and thermal storage
[en] The performance of an air dehumidifier using triethylene glycol (TEG) as desiccant under hot and humid conditions was investigated. The performance of the dehumidifier was evaluated and expressed in terms of the moisture removal rate and the dehumidifier effectiveness. A packed bed column (dehumidifier) was employed, with low packing density (77 m2/m3), to provide direct contact between the air and the TEG. Two different structured packings were used, wood and aluminum. The experiments covered a wide range of parameter space that included the air and TEG flow rates, air and TEG inlet temperatures, inlet air humidity and inlet TEG concentration. The liquid flow rate investigated is much less than that covered in previous studies (<1 kg/m2 s). The trend of the dehumidifier performance was similar to that reported in the literature using high density and random packing. The results were compared to the Chung and Luo correlation, which over predicted the effectiveness. The Martin and Goswami correlation failed to predict the effectiveness under the conditions of this study. In the present study, it was found that the moisture removal rate increased with increasing inlet TEG concentration, TEG flow rate and air flow rate. This was seen for both the wood and the aluminum packings. In addition, the moisture removal rate is increased with increasing the inlet air temperature for the aluminum packing only. The effectiveness of the column was increased by increasing the TEG flow rate and inlet TEG temperature for the two packings
[en] Highlights: • Multi-objective optimization of desiccant wheels is investigated. • Response surface method is used for establishing novel regression models. • Effects of operating variables on corresponding responses are comprehensively evaluated. • Optimum values of input variables have been derived to minimize process outlet temperature and humidity ratio. • A valuable equation for determination of Pareto-optimal points has been proposed. - Abstract: A two-step computational framework based on the combination of response surface methodology and multi-objective optimization is proposed to model the outlet-air state of desiccant wheels and subsequently optimize their operation. Regeneration temperature, surface area ratio, rotational speed, and wheel diameter are considered as decision parameters in the genetic algorithm. The central composite design and response surface methods have been employed to design experiments, establish predictive empirical models, and determine interactive effects of decision variables on response variables—process outlet temperature and humidity ratio. Several experiments have been performed to verify applicability of the proposed methodology and validate obtained results. A value of the coefficient of determination exceeding 0.95 demonstrates high reliability and accuracy of the modeling process involved in the proposed methodology. Results obtained demonstrate greater dominance of the surface area ratio compared to other decision variables in terms of their influence on response variables. After successful validation against experimental data, the developed models have been considered as a combination of two objective functions. A fast and elitist non-dominated sorted genetic algorithm II-based optimization technique has been employed to simultaneously determine optimum values of decision variables. A Pareto-optimum front has been presented to select the best value of each decision parameter from available points of optimum operation, and a valuable equation for Pareto-optimal points has been deduced for each material to assist designers develop an optimum design of desiccant cooling systems.
[en] In this investigation, a desiccant dehumidifier is tested for different ranges of liquid to air flow rate ratios to expand the validity range of the results. Theoretical and experimental studies of the simultaneous heat and mass transfer to evaluate the moisture removal rate are conducted. The model predictions are compared with experimental results with very good agreement. Through the experimental study, the important design variables that affect the moisture removal rate are defined and compared with previous studies. The correlation found in the literature is assessed, and the errors are reported. The parameters that are varied during the experiments included the air and liquid flow rates, the air humidity ratio, the desiccant equilibrium humidity and the packing height. It is found that the liquid flow rate has no significant effect on the moisture removal rate when the liquid to air flow ratio has exceeded the value of 2
[en] Highlights: ► A novel desiccant based evaporative cooling system is developed and tested. ► Cooling capacity, COP and energy consumption of the system are evaluated. ► Indoor air conditions are in the range of thermal comfort zone and expanded comfort zone. ► Designing of the system have considerable effect on the energy consumption. - Abstract: A novel configuration of desiccant based evaporative cooling system for air conditioning application is developed and tested. At the beginning of the design stage of the system, an analysis is carried out in order to maximize the performance of the system. It is found based on configuration that outdoor air must be used for regeneration to increase performance of the system and so three air channels are used. Experiments are carried out to investigate the total performance of the system and performance of the components used during summer season in a hot and humid climate. Effectiveness values for both heat exchangers and evaporative coolers are calculated through this work. In addition to the cooling capacity, coefficient of performance (COP) and energy consumption of the system are also evaluated. Results show that the effectiveness for the heat exchangers and evaporative coolers are very high under different outdoor conditions. It is also shown from the results that indoor air conditions are in the range of thermal comfort zone defined by ASHRAE and expanded comfort zone for evaporative air conditioning applications.
[en] Highlights: • A PCM and desiccant packet is proposed for use in personal cooling vest to keep dry air next to skin. • A PCM-Desiccant model for clothed heated wet cylinder is developed and validated experimentally. • The microclimate air temperature was 0.6 °C higher in PCM-Desiccant case compared to PCM-only case. • Microclimate humidity content decreased due to desiccant from 21.23 to 19.74 g/kg dry air. • PCM melted fraction increased due to desiccant from 0.24 to 0.5. - Abstract: A novel combination of phase change material (PCM) and a solid desiccant layer is proposed for the aim of maintaining dry cool microclimate air adjacent to wet warm skin and hence improve PCM performance in cooling vests used in hot humid environment. A fabric-PCM-Desiccant model is developed to predict the temperature and moisture content of the microclimate air layer in the presence of a PCM-Desiccant packet. The developed model is validated through experiments conducted on a wet clothed heated cylinder for the two cases of using (i) a PCM only packet and (ii) a PCM-Desiccant packet. Microclimate air temperatures and humidity content as well as PCM and desiccant temperatures were measured experimentally and were compared with predicted values by the fabric-PCM-Desiccant model. Good agreement was attained with a maximum relative error of 7% in measured temperatures. A decrease is observed in the humidity content of the microclimate air in the presence of the solid desiccant from 21.23 g/kg dry air to 19.74 g/kg dry air and an increase in the melted fraction of the PCM at the end of the experiment from 0.24 to 0.5.