The objective of this article is to improve the performance of thermally powered adsorption/cooling systems by selecting a new adsorbent/refrigerant pair. Adsorption equilibrium data of ethanol onto Unitika activated carbon fiber (ACF) of types (A-20) and (A-15) have been measured and Dubinin-Radushkevich (D-R) equation is used to fit the experimental data. The pressure-temperature- concentration (P-T-X) diagrams of the pairs are also presented. It was found that ACF (A-20)/ethanol pair has considerably higher adsorption capacity than ACF (A-15)/ethanol pair. As combined heat and mass transfer plays the most important role on adsorption/desorption processes, the effect of the adsorbent bed apparent density on the adsorption rate is also studied. Experimental results show that the high apparent density improves the adsorption capacity per unit volume of the adsorber which may lead to the design a compact adsorption unit.
|Number of pages||7|
|Journal||Applied Thermal Engineering|
|Publication status||Published - Jun 2006|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Energy Engineering and Power Technology
- Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering