A compact low-pressure drop desiccant bed for solar air conditioning applications: Analysis and design

P. Biswas, S. Kim, A. F. Mills

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Abstract

Requirements for silica gel desiccant beds used in the “Solar-Desiccant-Evaporative Cooling System” are discussed and the advantages of laminar flow packings demonstrated. An analysis of transient heat and mass transfer in laminar flow silica gel desiccant beds is presented, together with a description of an associated computer code for the solution of the governing partial differential equations. Based on results of calculations using the code, a preliminary design of a prototype scale desiccant bed is developed for a coated sheet packing concepts-Results are presented for code calculations used to determine an optimum gel particle size and to explore the effect of substrate thermal capacity on cyclic performance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)153-158
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Solar Energy Engineering, Transactions of the ASME
Volume106
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1984
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology

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