Performance analysis and design implementation of a novel polymer hollow fiber liquid desiccant dehumidifier with aqueous potassium formate

Chen, Xiangjie, Zhang, Nan, Su, Yuehong, Aydin, Devrim, Zheng, Hongfei, Bai, Hongyu, Georgakis, Apostolos, Jarimi, Hasila and Riffat, Saffa (2019) Performance analysis and design implementation of a novel polymer hollow fiber liquid desiccant dehumidifier with aqueous potassium formate. Thermal Science and Engineering Progress, 13. p. 100366.

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Abstract

A novel cross-flow liquid desiccant polymer hollow fiber dehumidifier (PHFD) is investigated numerically in this paper. The main objective of this research is to simulate, and validate the numerical model for future design implementations. The experimentally verified simulation data will be used to develop a set of design and implementation tables and charts as the guidance for selecting the number of fibres and the solution-to-air mass flow ratio of the PHDF under given conditions. A numerical model is developed to simulate the performance of the proposed innovative dehumidifier. This model is validated against three sets of data, i.e. the experimental obtained testing results, analytical correlations and the modelling results from the literature. The influence of various operating conditions such as inlet air properties (i.e. velocity, relative humidity) and inlet solution properties (i.e. temperature, concentration, mass flow rate) on the dehumidification sensible, latent, and total effectiveness, moisture removal rate are numerically analyzed. Dimensionless parameters including the number of heat transfer unit (NTU) and the number of mass transfer unit (NTUm), the solution to air mass flow rate ratio (m*), and the air to solution specific humidity ratio () have been used to evaluate the system performance. The results show that the increase in NTU and NTUm lead to a substantial change in dehumidification effectiveness. When the NTU increases from 0.47 to 7, the sensible effectiveness rises from 0.35 to 0.95. Increasing is another good option for increasing the amount of the absorbed moisture without influencing the latent effectiveness. For an increase of from 1.4 to 2.2, the air inlet and outlet specific humidity difference varies in the range of 0.008 kg/kg and 0.018 kg/kg.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Polymer hollow fibre dehumidifier, Potassium formate solutions, Heat transfer, Mass transfer, Numerical analysis, Experimental validation, Performance implementation
Subjects: Construction and engineering
Depositing User: Camille Regnault
Date Deposited: 16 Aug 2019 08:34
Last Modified: 16 Aug 2019 08:34
URI: http://repository.uwl.ac.uk/id/eprint/6331

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