Desiccant Cooling System Performance: A Simple Approach

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M. Epstein, M. Grolmes

Fauske & Associates, Inc., 16W070 West 83rd Street, Burr Ridge, Ill. 60521

K. Davidson, D. Kosar

Gas Research Institute, 8600 West Bryn Mawr Avenue, Chicago, Ill. 60631

J. Sol. Energy Eng 107(1), 21-28 (Feb 01, 1985) (8 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3267648 History: Received April 01, 1984; Online November 11, 2009


A simple algebraic model of wave motion arising in the adiabatic fixed-desiccant bed dehumidification of an air stream is applied to the prediction of the performance potential of a desiccant air conditioning system. The model is used to explain the increase in cooling system performance that has been realized through the use of mixed inert-desiccant material adsorption beds. The response of cooling system performance to changes in external process conditions is examined and conclusions are drawn relative to optimization of system characteristics.

Copyright © 1985 by ASME
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