Experimental study on performance improvement of a four-bed adsorption chiller by using heat and mass recovery

K.C. Ng, Xiaolin Wang, S.R. Lim, B.B. Saha, A. Chakarborty, S. Koyama, A. Akisawa, T. Kashiwagi

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    Abstract

    The efficacy of a four-bed adsorption chiller has been studied experimentally with respect to a simple but yet effective passive heat and mass recovery schemes. It substantially improves the adsorption chiller COP by as much as 30% over a broad range of cycle time with a wide heat source, coolant and chilled water temperatures. Two schemes have been considered here: Firstly, only the mass recovery is achieved by pressure equalization between the concomitantly cooled adsorber and heated desorber, exploiting the intrinsic vapor-uptake potential by pressure swing that remains in the adsorbent at the end of a half-cycle. Secondly, when both the heat and mass recovery schemes are employed at a rating point of maximum cooling capacity, the chiller COP could increase further to as much as 48%. These improvements are performed without additional hardware changes to the adsorption chiller. (c) 2006 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)3343-3348
    JournalInternational Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer
    Volume49
    Issue number19-20
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2006

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