Experimental study on the performance of a regeneration tower for various climatic conditions

A. Ertas, P. Gandhidasan, I. Kiris, E. E. Anderson

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Abstract

In recent years attempts have been made to use packed towers for regenerating weak liquid desiccants in desiccant cooling or drying processes. For regeneration of desiccants, a counter-flow packed regeneration tower in conjunction with a humidifier has been designed and constructed. The tower was packed with plastic Intalox Snowflake packing material. Experimental measurements of the regeneration tower performance utilizing a new cost effective liquid desiccant mixture CELD (comprised of 50% of lithium chloride and 50% calcium chloride by weight) have been carried out.The average summer climatic conditions for Oklahoma (dry-buld temperature of 32.22°C and relative humidity of 60%), Texas (dry-bulb temperature of 32.22°C and relative humidity of 70%), and Florida (dry-bulb temperature of 32.22°C and relative humidity of 80%) were simulated with air inlet condition to the tower. The effect of desiccant inlet temperature, inlet concentration, and flow rate on the regeneration tower performance has been investigated.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)125-130
Number of pages6
JournalSolar Energy
Volume53
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1994

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