Heat and Mass Transfer Characteristics in Consolidated Silica Gel/Water Adsorption–Cooling System PUBLIC ACCESS

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Hideharu Yanagi, Nobumi Ino

Mayekawa Mfg. Co. Ltd., Moriya-Machi, Ibaraki, Japan

Paper No. 97-AA-033, pp. V001T13A009; 7 pages
  • ASME 1997 Turbo Asia Conference
  • ASME 1997 Turbo Asia Conference
  • Singapore, September 30–October 2, 1997
  • Conference Sponsors: International Gas Turbine Institute
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-7867-5
  • Copyright © 1997 by ASME


The heat and mass transfer on adsorption beds is decisive for the operational characteristics of adsorption refrigerators. To overcome its heat and mass transfer limitations a consolidated silica gel adsorption heat exchanger has been designed and successfully developed. It was made of composite as 4.3 wt% graphite, 86.4 wt% silica gel and binders, which was pressed into a heat exchanger module and then dried under a temperature of 90°C for 24 hours. With use of this adsorption heat exchanger, we measured an overall heat transfer coefficient of 62.2 W/m2K at the beginning of desorption cycle and 61.5 W/m2K during desorption, respectively. Whereas corresponding values of a granular silica gel bed were 44.8 W/m2K and 25.9 W/m2K, respectively.

This paper presents the operational characteristics of consolidated silica gel adsorption heat exchanger in refrigeration cycles, in addition to its isoster measurements for silica gel-water pair compared to that of the granular heat exchanger.

Copyright © 1997 by ASME
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