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[en] In this study, experiments were carried out to investigate the convective heat transfer characteristics of rectangular microchannels. The sample used in the experiments contained 20 rectangular microchannels in parallel. The channels had a hydraulic diameter of 700 μm. Distilled water was used as the working fluid. In the experiments, the Reynolds number ranged from 400 to 800, heat flux ranged from 35 to 85 kW/m2, and the inlet fluid temperature was 20 .deg. C. As a result, the convective heat transfer coefficient increased upon increasing the Reynolds number and ranged from 4.6 to 6.4 kW/m2/ .deg. C in the thermally fully developed region. Moreover, the higher the Reynolds number, the longer the thermal entry length in the rectangular microchannels. However, it was observed that a variable heat flux did not affect the thermal entry length. In conclusion, a correlation was proposed to indicate the heat transfer characteristics in a thermally fully developed region
[en] This paper presents a study on the regeneration performance characteristics of an internally heated regenerator applicable to a liquid desiccant system. The internally heated regenerator used in this study was designed and manufactured to provide better regeneration performance. An experimental setup was established to examine the regeneration performance. LiCl aqueous solution was used as working fluid. Variables to evaluate regeneration performance characteristics of the internally heated regenerator were dry bulb temperature, relative humidity and velocity of regeneration air, mass flow rate, temperature and concentration of the LiCl aqueous solution. The experimental conditions were chosen by using a 1/2 fractional factorial DOE. Regeneration rate and regeneration effectiveness were taken as results. From the results, solution concentration and regeneration air relative humidity have strong effects on the regeneration rate. The regeneration effectiveness was affected mostly by regeneration air velocity.