Adsorber heat exchanger design has great importance in increasing the performance of the adsorption-based cooling system. In this study, a transient two-dimensional axisymmetric Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) model has been developed for the performance investigation of finned tube type adsorber using activated carbon and ethanol as the working pair. The operating conditions of the cooling system were 15, 20 and 80 for evaporation, cooling and heating temperatures, respectively. The simulated temperature profiles for different adsorbent thicknesses were validated with those from experimental data measured in our laboratory. Moreover, the error in mass and energy balance were 3% and 7.88%, respectively. Besides, the performance investigation has been performed for cycle time ranging from 600 s to 1400 s. The optimum cycle time was 800 s and the corresponding evaluated specific cooling power (SCP) and coefficient of performance (COP) were found to be 488 W/kg and 0.61, respectively. The developed CFD model will be used for fin height and fin pitch optimization and can be extended to other adsorbent-adsorbate based adsorption cooling system.
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