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Experimental performance of a silica gel-water adsorption chiller.

Author(s) : LIU Y. L., WANG R. Z., XIA Z. Z.

Type of article: Article


A newly developed adsorption water chiller is described and tested. In this adsorption refrigeration cycle system, there is no refrigerant valve. Thus, the problem of mass transfer resistance occurring in conventional systems when methanol or water is used as refrigerant and resulting in pressure drop during the flow of refrigerant inside the tubing is eliminated. To make the utilization of low heat source with temperature ranging from 70 to 95 °C possible, silica gel-water was selected as working pair. The experimental results prove that it is able to produce a cooling power of 6.3 kW with a COP of about 0.4. The test results demonstrate that, through the heat recovery, the COP can be increased by 34.4% while mass recovery has the effect of increasing the cooling power by 13.7% and the COP by 18.3%. The performances of the system were analysed for varied condensation temperature and for varied evaporation temperature. Based on the first prototype, the second prototype was designed and manufactured to improve the performance. Primary test results demonstrate that the performance is highly improved. It has a COP of about 0.5 and cooling power 9 kW for 13 °C evaporation temperature.


  • Original title: Experimental performance of a silica gel-water adsorption chiller.
  • Record ID : 2005-1426
  • Languages: English
  • Source: Applied thermal Engineering - vol. 25 - n. 2-3
  • Publication date: 2005/02


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