Run-Around Energy Recovery System with a Porous Solid Desiccant
Using the verified model for energy exchangers and the run-around energy recovery system, the sensible, latent and overall effectiveness are investigated in each exchanger and the run-around system during simultaneous heat and moisture transfer. The overall effectiveness of the run-around energy recovery system is dependent on the air flow rate, the solid desiccant flow rate, the desiccant properties, specific surface area, the size of each exchanger, and the inlet air operating conditions. The run-around system can achieve a high overall effectiveness when the flow rates and exchangers properties are properly chosen. Comparisons between the solid desiccant and salt solution run-around system effectiveness (Fan, 2005 and Fan et al, 2006) shows they are in good agreement. In a sensitivity study, the thickness of desiccant on the fibre is investigated in the solid run-around system. It was found that good performance is obtained with very thin desiccant coatings (1 or 2 micron). During the practical use of this system, a desiccant coated fibre could be inserted into very porous balls or cages that protect the desiccant coated fiber from mechanical wear. The performance sensitivity for this kind of run-around system is demonstrated.
Advisor:Simonson, Carey; Besant, Rorbert; Bugg, James; Bergstrom, Don
School:University of Saskatchewan
School Location:Canada - Saskatchewan
Source Type:Master's Thesis
Keywords:heat and moisture transfer run around energy recovery device
Date of Publication:01/18/2008