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[en] Highlights: ► We develop one heat pipe type adsorption refrigerator. ► New compound adsorbent of CaCl2/activated carbon–ammonia can work more effectively. ► Combined mass recovery-heat pipe heat recovery can improve adsorption performance. ► Combined mass recovery-heat pipe heat recovery can reduce cycle time. - Abstract: A heat pipe type adsorption refrigerator system is proposed and investigated, which can be powered by solar energy or waste heat of engine. The study assesses the performance of compound adsorbent (CaCl2 and activated carbon)–ammonia adsorption refrigeration cycle with different orifice sets and different mass and heat recovery processes by experimental prototype machine. Specific cooling power (SCP) and coefficient of performance (COP) were calculated with experimental data to analyze the influences of operating condition. The results show that the jaw opening of the hand needle nozzle can influence the adsorption performance obviously and the thermostatic expansion valve (TEV) is effective in the intermediate cycle time in the adsorption refrigeration system. The SCP of the cycle with the mass-heat recovery together (combined recovery process) is superior to that of the conventional cycles with mass recovery or heat recovery independently.
[en] Adsorption refrigeration and heat pump systems have been considered as important means for the efficient use of low-grade thermal energy of 60-150 oC. Sorption systems are merely thermodynamic systems based on heat exchangers, and therefore a good design to optimize heat and mass transfer with reaction or sorption processes is very important, for which the notable technique is the use of expanded graphite to improve both heat and mass transfer in the chemisorption beds. Studies have also shown the need to enhance the heat transfer in adsorption bed by matching with the efficient heat transfer of thermal fluids. Heat pipes and good thermal loop design coupled with adsorption beds could yield higher thermal performance of a sorption system. A novel design with passive evaporation, known as rising film evaporation coupled with a gravity heat pipe was introduced for high cooling output. It has also been shown that the performance of traditional heat and mass recovery in the sorption systems is limited, and novel arrangement of thermal fluid and refrigerant may improve the performance of sorption systems. Based upon the above researches, various sorption systems have been developed, and high performances have been reached. -- Highlights: →Heat transfer design in adsorption refrigeration systems is researched. →Solidified adsorbent is an effective way to improve the heat transfer. →Heat pipe and rising film evaporation could generate high cooling output. →With efficient design two adsorption systems are developed. →Double way and double effect cycle is introduced.
[en] An innovative multifunction heat pipe type sorption refrigeration system is designed, in which a two-stage sorption thermodynamic cycle based on two heat recovery processes was employed to reduce the driving heat source temperature, and the composite sorbent of CaCl2 and activated carbon was used to improve the mass and heat transfer performances. For this test unit, the heating, cooling and heat recovery processes between two reactive beds are performed by multifunction heat pipes. The aim of this paper is to investigate the cycled characteristics of two-stage sorption refrigeration system with heat recovery processes. The two sub-cycles of a two-stage cycle have different sorption platforms though the adsorption and desorption temperatures are equivalent. The experimental results showed that the pressure evolutions of two beds are nearly equivalent during the first stage, and desorption pressure during the second stage is large higher than that in the first stage while the desorption temperatures are same during the two operation stages. In comparison with conventional two-stage cycle, the two-stage cycle with heat recovery processes can reduce the heating load for desorber and cooling load for adsorber, the coefficient of performance (COP) has been improved more than 23% when both cycles have the same regeneration temperature of 103 deg. C and the cooling water temperature of 30 deg. C. The advanced two-stage cycle provides an effective method for application of sorption refrigeration technology under the condition of low-grade temperature heat source or utilization of renewable energy
[en] The performance analyses of a sorption refrigeration system with different mass recovery processes are presented, in which compound adsorbent of CaCl2 and activated carbon is used to improve the mass and heat transfer performances of sorption bed. The heating, cooling and heat recovery processes between two sorption beds were performed by multifunction heat pipes without additional power consumption. The experimental Clapeyron diagrams showed that the cycles with mass recovery (MR), with heat and mass recoveries (HMR), and with mass and heat recoveries (MHR), have better thermodynamic performances when compared with the sorption cycle without mass recovery (MR0). The implementary order of mass recovery and heat recovery has strong influence on the efficacy of mass recovery while it has little influence on the efficacy of heat recovery. In sorption cycles with HMR and with MHR, the hot beds can be pre-cooled and cold beds can be pre-heated effectively during the switching process, and heat consumption from external heat source during desorption phase is thereby reduced. Mass recovery can enlarge cycled refrigerant mass due to the transfer of refrigerant gas between two sorption beds during mass recovery process. In comparison with sorption cycle with MR0, sorption cycles with MR, with HMR, and with MHR can generally improve the coefficient of performance (COP) and specific cooling power (SCP) by more than 20% and 16%, respectively. Especially, sorption cycle with MHR has the highest performance among different mass recovery processes due to the fact that MHR has the advantages of MR and HMR, and it can improve the COP by 46.7% when compared with the cycle with MR0
[en] The split heat pipe type compound adsorption ice maker for fishing boats not only has the advantage of large volume cooling density but also has the advantage of less power consumption and high heat transfer performance. The available heat pipe media for the split heat pipe type compound adsorption ice maker, which are methanol, acetone and water are studied and compared in this paper, and the heat pipe medium of water shows the better performance for the reason of its stable heating and cooling process and high heat transfer performance. Considering the waste heat recovered from the diesel engine on fishing boats varies when the velocity of the fishing boat changes, the refrigeration performances at the condition of different values of heating power are studied while water is used as the heat pipe medium. Results show that the cooling power, as while as COP and SCP decrease when the heating power decreases. The highest COP and SCP are 0.41 and 731 W/kg, respectively, at the highest heating power of 4.2 kW, and the values decrease by 22% and 33%, respectively, when the heating power decreases by 15%. The values decrease by 32% and 51%, respectively, when the heating power decreases by 30%. The performance of the adsorption ice maker for the fishing boat with the 6160A type diesel engine is estimated, and the results show that the cooling power and ice productivity are as high as 5.44 kW and 1032 kg ice per day, respectively, even if the recovered waste heat decreases by 30% compared with the normal value. It can satisfy the ice requirements of such a fishing boat
[en] A split heat pipe adsorption ice maker, which uses a solidified compound adsorbent (calcium chloride and activated carbon)-ammonia as working pair, is studied. The application of split heat pipe technology in this system (ice maker for fishing boat powered by waste heat of exhaust gases from diesel engine) solves the corrosion problem caused by using seawater to cool the adsorber directly. Therefore, the adsorbers can be cooled or heated by the working substance of the heat pipe in the adsorption or desorption state, respectively. There are two adsorbers in the adsorption ice maker, and each adsorber contains 2.35 kg compound adsorbent in which the mass of calcium chloride is 1.88 kg. The mass transfer performance and volume cooling density of the chemical adsorbent are greatly improved by the use of the compound adsorbent. Water is chosen as the working substance of the heat pipe due to its high cooling power in comparison with the experiments performed using acetone as working substance. When the cycle time is 70 min, the average SCP of ice making is about 329.8-712.8 W/kg calcium chloride with heat and mass recovery, which is approximately 1.6-3.5 times that of the best results of a conventional chemical adsorption ice maker