This work deals with the development and testing of a fixed-bed adsorption dehumidifier, designed to manage the latent load in air conditioning. The system is based on the batch operation of two finned tube heat exchangers, where silica gel grains are packed between the fins. The water flow in the tubes provides the required heat supply and rejection, allowing a quasi-isothermal operation. As a result, the heat supply temperature can be reduced below 55 °C, fostering the use of waste heat and solar thermal collectors. Moreover, the inversion of the air flow direction between the operating stages is not needed to achieve suitable levels of dehumidification, enabling a design simplification. The test campaign has shown that the electric and thermal performances of the low-cost prototype highly depend on the operating conditions, but both reach very promising values under the worst environmental conditions, when the energy consumption is higher. © 2016 Elsevier Ltd

Air dehumidification by cooled adsorption in silica gel grains. Part I: Experimental development of a prototype

PISTOCCHINI, LORENZO;GARONE, SILVIA;MOTTA, MARIO
2016

Abstract

This work deals with the development and testing of a fixed-bed adsorption dehumidifier, designed to manage the latent load in air conditioning. The system is based on the batch operation of two finned tube heat exchangers, where silica gel grains are packed between the fins. The water flow in the tubes provides the required heat supply and rejection, allowing a quasi-isothermal operation. As a result, the heat supply temperature can be reduced below 55 °C, fostering the use of waste heat and solar thermal collectors. Moreover, the inversion of the air flow direction between the operating stages is not needed to achieve suitable levels of dehumidification, enabling a design simplification. The test campaign has shown that the electric and thermal performances of the low-cost prototype highly depend on the operating conditions, but both reach very promising values under the worst environmental conditions, when the energy consumption is higher. © 2016 Elsevier Ltd
Adsorption; Air conditioning; Energy utilization; Fins (heat exchange); Flow of water; Isotherms; Load testing; Silica; Silica gel; Waste heat, Development and testing; Environmental conditions; Experimental; Experimental development; Finned tube heat exchangers; Fixed bed; Isothermal adsorption; Solar thermal collector, Humidity control; Adsorption dehumidification; Experimental; Fixed-bed; Isothermal adsorption; Silica gel
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