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Numerical modelling of heat and mass transfer in a finned dehumidifier.

Modélisation numérique du transfert de chaleur et de masse dans un déshumidificateur aileté.


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In several heat exchange devices, phase transition occurs in a small region adjacent to the wall, and the secondary phase is present only in a thin layer running along the wall, allowing for decoupling between the fluid dynamic computation of the core flow and the numerical analysis of the secondary phase. This happens in finned dehumidifier, but also in spray cooling or defogging problems. In a finned dehumidifier, or in air-conditioning evaporators, the secondary phase is provided by moist air condensation, and may consist of discrete droplets, continuous film or a collection of rivulets. Several levels of approximation may be adopted, depending on the specific problem: perfect drain assumption requires only the addition of a heat source in the energy equation, otherwise the water layer behaviour has to be taken into account. Furthermore, a heat and mass transfer analogy may or may not be appropriate; in the latter case, the solution of the diffusion equation of humidity is required. Here, different levels of approximation are compared with literature experimental data for condensation over a vertical fin. Results show that thermal resistance and gravity effects, in the considered geometry, are negligible, and the condensate takes the form of a collection of still droplets, rather than a flowing film. This has an effect on the actual heat transfer and water layer build-up, and the variation of temperature along the fin induces some discrepancy with respect to the straightforward application of the heat and mass transfer analogy. [Reprinted with permission from Elsevier. Copyright, 2008].


  • Titre original : Numerical modelling of heat and mass transfer in a finned dehumidifier.
  • Identifiant de la fiche : 2009-1041
  • Langues : Anglais
  • Source : Applied thermal Engineering - vol. 29 - n. 7
  • Date d'édition : 05/2009


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