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Energies 2017, 10(8), 1130; https://doi.org/10.3390/en10081130

Advanced Measurement and Simulation Procedure for the Identification of Heat and Mass Transfer Parameters in Dynamic Adsorption Experiments

Department Heating and Cooling Technologies, Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE, Heidenhofstr. 2, 79110 Freiburg, Germany
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Received: 27 April 2017 / Revised: 30 June 2017 / Accepted: 23 July 2017 / Published: 2 August 2017
(This article belongs to the Section Energy Fundamentals and Conversion)
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Thermally-driven heat pumps can help to mitigate CO2 emissions by enhancing the efficiency of heating systems or by driving cooling systems with waste or solar heat. In order to make the thermally-driven systems more attractive for the end consumer, these systems need a higher power density. A higher power density can be achieved by intensifying the heat and mass transfer processes within the adsorption heat exchanger. For the optimization of this key component, a numerical model of the non-isothermal adsorption dynamics can be applied. The calibration of such a model can be difficult, since heat and mass transfer processes are strongly coupled. We present a measurement and simulation procedure that makes it possible to calibrate the heat transfer part of the numerical model separately from the mass transfer part. Furthermore, it is possible to identify the parts of the model that need to be improved. For this purpose, a modification of the well-known large temperature jump method is developed. The newly-introduced measurements are conducted under an inert N2 atmosphere, and the surface temperature of the sample is measured with an infrared sensor. We show that the procedure is applicable for two completely different types of samples: a loose grains configuration and a fibrous structure that is directly crystallized. View Full-Text
Keywords: adsorption kinetics; parameter identification; silica gel Siogel; SAPO-34; heat transfer; infrared sensor; mathematical modelling; coupled heat and mass transfer adsorption kinetics; parameter identification; silica gel Siogel; SAPO-34; heat transfer; infrared sensor; mathematical modelling; coupled heat and mass transfer
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Velte, A.; Füldner, G.; Laurenz, E.; Schnabel, L. Advanced Measurement and Simulation Procedure for the Identification of Heat and Mass Transfer Parameters in Dynamic Adsorption Experiments. Energies 2017, 10, 1130.

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