A heat transfer correlation for transient vapor uptake of powdered adsorbent embedded onto the fins of heat exchangers

A. Li, K. Thu, A. Bin Ismail, K.C. Ng
Applied Thermal Engineering, Volume 93, pp. 668-677, (2016)

A heat transfer correlation for transient vapor uptake of powdered adsorbent embedded onto the fins of heat exchangers

Keywords

Adsorption, Thermal resistance, Transient heat transfer correlation, Silica gel

Abstract

​We present a detailed study on the transient heat transfer phenomena of powdered-adsorbent mixed with an organic binder for adherence to the fins of a heat exchanger. The transient performance of such an adsorbent–heat exchanger configuration has significant application potential in the adsorption desalination plants and chillers but is seldom addressed in the literature. An experiment is designed to measure the heat transfer for several adsorption temperatures under a single vapor component environment. Analysis on the experimental data indicates that the adsorbent–adsorbate interactions contribute about 75% of the total thermal resistances throughout the uptake processes. It is found that the initial local adsorption heat transfer coefficients are significantly higher than the average values due primarily to the thermal mass effect of the adsorbent–adsorbate interaction layers. From these experiments, a correlation for the transient local adsorption heat transfer coefficients is presented at the sub-atmospheric pressures and assorted application temperatures.

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DOI: 10.1016/j.applthermaleng.2015.09.057

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