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Analysis of basic airflow configurations for separate sensible and latent cooling systems with indoor air recirculation.

Author(s) : LI Z., GLUESENKAMP K. R., NAWAZ K.

Type of article: IJR article

Summary

Separate sensible and latent cooling (SSLC) is a technology with efficiency and comfort advantages over conventional cooling systems used for space conditioning of buildings. Using multiple cooling processes at different temperatures allows SSLC to save energy by raising the evaporation temperature of the sensible cooling process. In this paper, all possible airflow configurations of SSLC systems are enumerated under the following constraints: exactly two heat exchangers are used, and air is recirculated to the conditioned space (no exhaust or outdoor air treatment). Seven designs are identified, with varying free operating variables, and each is modeled. Analysis reveals that several configurations are equivalent, and there is only one unique basic airflow SSLC configuration: the one with the sensible and latent heat exchangers placed in series. The efficiency of the SSLC system is compared against that of the conventional system. Under standard conditions, an SSLC system can improve the coefficient of performance by 14.8%. In addition to the numerical simulation, the optimal operating condition of the basic air configuration of the SSLC system is derived analytically. The basic SSLC system is shown to offer the highest performance improvement when the outdoor temperature is relatively cool and the space sensible heat ratio is high.

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  • Original title: Analysis of basic airflow configurations for separate sensible and latent cooling systems with indoor air recirculation.
  • Record ID : 30028322
  • Languages: English
  • Subject: Technology
  • Source: International Journal of Refrigeration - Revue Internationale du Froid - vol. 127
  • Publication date: 2021/07
  • DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijrefrig.2020.12.026

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