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Reducing Soil Compaction In Agriculture, Chris Gum, Justin Manzella, Brett Kayman Aug 2019

Reducing Soil Compaction In Agriculture, Chris Gum, Justin Manzella, Brett Kayman

Washington University / UMSL Mechanical Engineering Design Project JME 4110

Our project was to prototype a device to reduce compaction in soil during industrial agricultural processes. We chose to highlight tilling as the process to focus on, but our final design could be adapted to work for many different applications.


2019 Up Baja Sae Senior Capstone Project, Jacob Isaacson, Michael Quach, Ryan Hood, Austin Mcnichols Jan 2019

2019 Up Baja Sae Senior Capstone Project, Jacob Isaacson, Michael Quach, Ryan Hood, Austin Mcnichols

Engineering E-Portfolios and Projects

Baja SAE is an intercollegiate engineering competition where teams design, manufacture and assemble an off-road vehicle that is to serve as a prototype for a recreational user market. The goal of the 2019 UP Baja team was to redesign the existing vehicle into a model that would be eligible to participate in the 2019 Baja SAE competition.


Solar Decathlon Capstone, Chris Pinto, Joseph Gregory, Joe Willey, Alex Herman Jan 2019

Solar Decathlon Capstone, Chris Pinto, Joseph Gregory, Joe Willey, Alex Herman

Engineering E-Portfolios and Projects

The project focused on designing a net-zero elementary school for competition in the Department of Energy's Solar Decathlon in Golden, Colorado.


A Novel 3d Simulation Model For Investigating Liquid Desiccant Dehumidification Performance Based On Cfd Technology., Tao Wen, Yimo Luo, Lu Lin Jan 2019

A Novel 3d Simulation Model For Investigating Liquid Desiccant Dehumidification Performance Based On Cfd Technology., Tao Wen, Yimo Luo, Lu Lin

Technological and Higher Education Institute of Hong Kong (THEi) Staff Publications

Previous 2D CFD simulation models fail to elaborate the actual simultaneous flow and dehumidification process in liquid desiccant cooling system. Accordingly, the present study successfully developed a novel 3D simulation model for investigating the liquid desiccant dehumidification performance of a falling film dehumidifier. The penetration mass transfer model was implemented in the simulation to account for the interfacial dehumidification process. Experimental system was built for the model validation and the results indicated that the newly developed 3D CFD model could predict the absolute moisture removal accurately with an average deviation of 7%. Parametric study revealed that the dehumidification performance was ...


Carbon Fiber Recycler : Fiber Reclaimer, Alexander Edwards Jan 2019

Carbon Fiber Recycler : Fiber Reclaimer, Alexander Edwards

All Undergraduate Projects

Boeing uses composite components for the 777x aircraft. The production of composite parts results in flashing (excess material) that must be trimmed and "thrown away" as scrap. Boeing is investigating means of recycling these scraps. The method proposed for this project is to delaminate and shred the composite material. The delamination process uses a ram to press two claw shaped devices together that bends and deforms the material in opposite directions. The chipper process uses counter rotating saw blades spaced 1/8” apart to produce small shredded material. This shredding material is pyrolyzed (heated) to decay the resin leaving the ...


Improving The Energy Efficiency Of Petrochemical Plant Operations: A Measurement And Verification Case Study Using A Balanced Wave Optimizer, Eve Man Hin Chan, Kar-Kit Chu, Hin-Fung Chow, Chi-Wing Tsang, Danny Chi Kuen Ho, Shuk-Kei Ho Jan 2019

Improving The Energy Efficiency Of Petrochemical Plant Operations: A Measurement And Verification Case Study Using A Balanced Wave Optimizer, Eve Man Hin Chan, Kar-Kit Chu, Hin-Fung Chow, Chi-Wing Tsang, Danny Chi Kuen Ho, Shuk-Kei Ho

Technological and Higher Education Institute of Hong Kong (THEi) Staff Publications

The Chinese petrochemical industry is facing pressure to meet strict targets of energy consumption and carbon emission reductions. Water pumps are the primary equipment used in most chemical and agrochemical industries sectors since water is commonly used for cooling and heating purposes, but these pumps also consume a large amount of energy. Other uses of water pumps in these industries include producing steam for heating, preparing reaction media or absorptive reagents, rinsing products, and distilling. As for the electrical components of the water pump systems, current technologies of variable frequency drives and superconducting transmission lines are unable to increase the ...


Thermal Properties Study And Performance Investigation Of Potassium Formate Solution In A Falling Film Dehumidifier/Regenerator., Tao Wen, Meng Wang, Yi Chen, Weifeng He, Yimo Luo Jan 2019

Thermal Properties Study And Performance Investigation Of Potassium Formate Solution In A Falling Film Dehumidifier/Regenerator., Tao Wen, Meng Wang, Yi Chen, Weifeng He, Yimo Luo

Technological and Higher Education Institute of Hong Kong (THEi) Staff Publications

Compared with the extensive attention drawn by salt solutions, the promising potassium formate (KCOOH) solution which has smaller causticity and lower price receives little attention in the field of liquid desiccant cooling system (LDCS). Consequently, the present paper studied both the thermal properties and mass transfer performance of KCOOH solution for its practical engineering application. The vapor pressure and density of KCOOH solution under different concentrations and temperatures were measured and then fitted in the form of polynomials with the mean absolute relative deviation (MARD) of 0.06% and 0.551% respectively. Referring to the data in the existing literature ...


Micro/Nanostructured Mnco2o4.5 Anodes With High Reversible Capacity And Excellent Rate Capability For Next Generation Lithium-Ion Batteries, Bin Wang, Shifeng Wang, Yuanyuan Tang, Chi-Wing Tsang, Jinchuan Dai, Michael K.H. Leung, Xiao-Ying Lu Jan 2019

Micro/Nanostructured Mnco2o4.5 Anodes With High Reversible Capacity And Excellent Rate Capability For Next Generation Lithium-Ion Batteries, Bin Wang, Shifeng Wang, Yuanyuan Tang, Chi-Wing Tsang, Jinchuan Dai, Michael K.H. Leung, Xiao-Ying Lu

Technological and Higher Education Institute of Hong Kong (THEi) Staff Publications

Lithium-ion batteries have already achieved great success in consumer electronics. However, the electrochemical characteristics of the existing electrodes have constrained their widespread applications in electric vehicles, which need technical demands of high energy density and fast charging. Thus, it is highly desirable to explore high-performance electrodes with high reversible capacity and excellent rate capability. In this study, micro/nanostructured MnCo2O4.5 anodes were synthesized by hydrothermal treatment with the presence of positively charged poly(diallyldimethylammonium chloride). Physicochemical property studies suggested that the as-prepared MnCo2O4.5 of 2–5 µm in diameter was mainly composed of numerous nanoneedles, which were further ...


A Review Of Renewable Energy Assessment Methods In Green Building And Green Neighborhood Rating Systems, Chong Zhang, Chengliao Cui, Ying Zhang, Jiaqi Yuan, Yimo Luo, Wenjie Gang Jan 2019

A Review Of Renewable Energy Assessment Methods In Green Building And Green Neighborhood Rating Systems, Chong Zhang, Chengliao Cui, Ying Zhang, Jiaqi Yuan, Yimo Luo, Wenjie Gang

Technological and Higher Education Institute of Hong Kong (THEi) Staff Publications

Green buildings and neighborhoods can help mitigate impacts of buildings on the environment, society and economy. Many rating systems or tools have been developed worldwide to assess and certificate green buildings or green neighborhoods. Renewable energy plays an important role in achieving green buildings/neighborhoods or zero energy buildings/neighborhoods by reducing fuel consumption and pollution emissions. However, substantial differences exist in assessing or quantifying the renewable energy in green building/neighborhood rating systems. This paper therefore provides a comprehensive review on renewable energy assessment methods adopted in green building/neighborhood rating systems, which would be very helpful to understand ...


Recycling Licoo2 With Methanesulfonic Acid For Regeneration Of Lithium-Ion Battery Electrode Materials., Bin Wang, Xin-Ye Lin, Yuanyuan Tang, Qiang Wang, Michael K.H. Leung, Xiao-Ying Lu Jan 2019

Recycling Licoo2 With Methanesulfonic Acid For Regeneration Of Lithium-Ion Battery Electrode Materials., Bin Wang, Xin-Ye Lin, Yuanyuan Tang, Qiang Wang, Michael K.H. Leung, Xiao-Ying Lu

Technological and Higher Education Institute of Hong Kong (THEi) Staff Publications

With the massive consumption of lithium-ion batteries in portable consumer electronics and electric vehicles, proper disposal of spent batteries is of paramount importance for sustainable development. In this study, biodegradable organic methanesulfonic acid (MSA) is investigated for the first time to leach valuable metals from waste LiCoO2 powders for battery material regeneration. Under the optimal conditions, leaching efficiencies of lithium and cobalt are achieved at nearly ∼100% and ∼100%, respectively. Comparison experiment indicates that MSA can achieve better leaching performance than previously reported organic acids (e.g. citric acid, malonic acid, succinic acid, oxalic acid) under the same conditions. Besides ...


Year-Round-Based Optimization Of High-Low Control In The Regenerative Indirect Evaporative Cooler (Riec), Huaxia Yan, Yi Chen, Weilong Zhang Jan 2019

Year-Round-Based Optimization Of High-Low Control In The Regenerative Indirect Evaporative Cooler (Riec), Huaxia Yan, Yi Chen, Weilong Zhang

Technological and Higher Education Institute of Hong Kong (THEi) Staff Publications

The performance of the regenerative indirect evaporative cooler (RIEC) highly depends on ambient temperature and humidity. To maintain indoor thermal comfort, proper control strategy is essential. Previous research indicates that high–low (H-L) control by using multispeed technology is superior to the conventional on–off control in terms of energy consumption and thermal comfort. Under H-L control, a fan switches between a high speed and a low speed. The high speed is determined by the peak load. However, the selection of low speed involves a great sense of subjectivity. Therefore, the influence of low speed on system performance is comprehensively ...


Study On The Performance Of Distributed Energy Systems Based On Historical Loads Considering Parameter Uncertainties For Decision Making., Chong Zhang, Xue Xue, Qianzhou Du, Yimo Luo, Wenjie Gang Jan 2019

Study On The Performance Of Distributed Energy Systems Based On Historical Loads Considering Parameter Uncertainties For Decision Making., Chong Zhang, Xue Xue, Qianzhou Du, Yimo Luo, Wenjie Gang

Technological and Higher Education Institute of Hong Kong (THEi) Staff Publications

Distributed energy systems (DESs) are becoming increasingly popular because of their high-energy efficiency and low pollution emissions. Accurate performance evaluation of such systems is critical for processes at the early design stages. However, there are considerable uncertainties in terms of the parameters used for performance evaluation and design optimization, including component efficiencies, customer demands, and energy markets. These uncertainties can significantly influence the performance of DESs. Without consideration of these uncertainties, the performance of DESs can be overestimated or underestimated, which leads to inaccurate decision-making. Therefore, this paper presents a comprehensive evaluation of the performance of DESs by considering uncertainties ...


Flexible Integration Of Liquid Air Energy Storage With Liquefied Natural Gas Regasification For Power Generation Enhancement, Xiaohui She, Tongtong Zhang, Lin Cong, Xiaodong Peng, Chuan Li, Yimo Luo, Yulong Ding Jan 2019

Flexible Integration Of Liquid Air Energy Storage With Liquefied Natural Gas Regasification For Power Generation Enhancement, Xiaohui She, Tongtong Zhang, Lin Cong, Xiaodong Peng, Chuan Li, Yimo Luo, Yulong Ding

Technological and Higher Education Institute of Hong Kong (THEi) Staff Publications

Liquid Air Energy Storage (LAES) is one of the most promising energy storage technologies for achieving low carbon emissions. Our research shows that the LAES produces a considerable amount of excess heat that cannot be cost-effectively utilised in a standalone LAES system. On the other hand, the regasification of liquefied natural gas (LNG) often leads to waste of a large amount of high-grade cold energy. Therefore, this paper proposes the integration of the LAES with the LNG regasification process via a Brayton cycle (denoted as LAES-Brayton-LNG), where pressurized propane is used as both the heat transfer fluid and storage material ...


Asme R/C Baja Car, Torrie Large Jan 2018

Asme R/C Baja Car, Torrie Large

Engineering Technology, Safety and Construction Senior Projects

How does one build a car? Do they start with the tires and build inward or do they develop separate aspects at the same time? This remote-controlled car was designed and built with the intention of competing in the annual Baja Competition. There are three competitions: sprinting, slalom, and an obstacle course. The suspension system of this car must be designed to support the car for both the physical build and the competitiveness. It must do this without interfering with the drive train and steering mechanism designed by Doug Erickson. The suspension system employs suspension arms attached to the chassis ...


H.F. Hauff Pruner Cutting Blades, Wyley Stewart Jan 2018

H.F. Hauff Pruner Cutting Blades, Wyley Stewart

Engineering Technology, Safety and Construction Senior Projects

Apple orchards are a critical component of agriculture in the United States, and keeping the apple trees in the best shape for optimum growth and production is hard work. Neil Hauff, an agriculture industry expert, challenged students at CWU to engineer a power assisted tree pruner. Across the country, apple orchards need pruned every season. The pruning of the trees is strenuous manual labor that requires many man hours. The proposed solution is to create a power assisted tree pruner that would minimize the amount of work needed to trim each tree branch. This project has been separated into three ...


Shearing Energy, Jason Wittig Jan 2018

Shearing Energy, Jason Wittig

Engineering Technology, Safety and Construction Senior Projects

Title by Author: Shear Energy by Jason Wittig

Abstract/Artists Statement: Efficiency, function, and weight of fruit-tree pruning devices are scrutinized very closely by the purchasing end user. Efficiency, being the most valuable quality to focus on; an efficient cutting device can lead to smaller batteries and lighter materials on the tree pruner. The objective of this project was to produce a cutting head that surpassed the benchmark device by 10% in four categories: Axial cutting “green-wood,” Axial cutting “dry-wood,” Axial opening force, and Handle twisting torque. The benchmark’s use of the “scissor-type” design was changed to a double ...


Senior Project Hauff Tree Pruner, Brian Woolery Jan 2018

Senior Project Hauff Tree Pruner, Brian Woolery

Engineering Technology, Safety and Construction Senior Projects

Neil Hauff, a business owner and entrepreneur from the Yakima valley challenged a team of engineering students from Central Washington University to design a motorized apple tree pruner. This report will discuss the engineering and construction that went into creating the housing of the tree pruner. The housing component needed to be able to protect the moving parts of the pruner, while withstanding the rotational torque produced by the Makita power drill used to drive the pruner. The biggest constraint in designing the housing was to keep the weight of the housing component under 1.5 lbs, while still keeping ...


Asme Rc Baja Challenge: Suspension And Steering, Hunter W. Jacobson Jan 2018

Asme Rc Baja Challenge: Suspension And Steering, Hunter W. Jacobson

Engineering Technology, Safety and Construction Senior Projects

The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) usually hosts an RC Baja challenge each year, testing a RC car in three events: slalom, acceleration and Baja. Although ASME will not be holding an event this year, CWU will be holding a similar event with three RC Baja car teams from CWU. The RC car that is tested in these events is designed and manufactured typically in teams of two. The RC car that each team submits must be able to complete these events while also remaining competitive. One part of great importance for the RC car is the suspension and ...


Elastodynamic Model For Wind Induced Ground Motion, Mohammad Mohammadi Jan 2018

Elastodynamic Model For Wind Induced Ground Motion, Mohammad Mohammadi

Electronic Theses and Dissertations

No abstract provided.


Energy Harvesting Nanocoated Piezoceramics For Low Power Systems, Quinten Humphrey Jan 2018

Energy Harvesting Nanocoated Piezoceramics For Low Power Systems, Quinten Humphrey

Electronic Theses and Dissertations

No abstract provided.


Development And Experimental Study Of A Novel Plate Dehumidifier Made Of Anodized Aluminum., Tao Wen, Lin Lu, Chuanshuai Dong, Yimo Luo Jan 2018

Development And Experimental Study Of A Novel Plate Dehumidifier Made Of Anodized Aluminum., Tao Wen, Lin Lu, Chuanshuai Dong, Yimo Luo

Technological and Higher Education Institute of Hong Kong (THEi) Staff Publications

The falling film dehumidifier is a key component in the liquid desiccant cooling system (LDCS). However, the most commonly used metals, such as steel and aluminum, can hardly resist the erosion of liquid desiccant. It greatly limits the fabrication of compact dehumidifiers and hinders the promotion of LDCS. The present study introduced a novel falling film dehumidifier which was made by the metal of anodized aluminum. Experiments were carried out to compare the dehumidification performance between ordinary aluminum dehumidifier and anodized one. The influences of air temperature, mass flow rate, inlet humidity and solution temperature, mass flow rate, temperature on ...


Experimental Study Of A Novel Subcooling Method Based On Liquid Desiccant Dehumidification For Vapor-Compression Refrigeration Systems., Xiaohui She, Yonggao Yin, Yimo Luo, Lindeman Brett, Dan Zhong, Xiaosong Zhang Jan 2018

Experimental Study Of A Novel Subcooling Method Based On Liquid Desiccant Dehumidification For Vapor-Compression Refrigeration Systems., Xiaohui She, Yonggao Yin, Yimo Luo, Lindeman Brett, Dan Zhong, Xiaosong Zhang

Technological and Higher Education Institute of Hong Kong (THEi) Staff Publications

Refrigerant subcooling could increase the refrigerating capacity and potentially improve the performance of refrigeration systems. In this paper, a novel subcooling method is experimentally studied for the first time in a hybrid vapor compression refrigeration system. In this system, condensation heat (~40 °C) is used to drive an integrated subcooling cycle to subcool the refrigerant leaving the condenser, which significantly increases the system performance. Changes in system performance are measured as functions of the following variables: the mass flow rates of the dehumidification air, ambient air, dehumidification solution, regeneration solution, and spraying water. Comparisons are made between the proposed system ...


Further Development Of A Thermal Comfort Based Fuzzy Logic Controller For A Direct Expansion Air Conditioning System, Huaxia Yan, Yan Pan, Zhao Li, Shiming Deng Jan 2018

Further Development Of A Thermal Comfort Based Fuzzy Logic Controller For A Direct Expansion Air Conditioning System, Huaxia Yan, Yan Pan, Zhao Li, Shiming Deng

Technological and Higher Education Institute of Hong Kong (THEi) Staff Publications

The primary purpose of A/C is offering occupants with acceptable indoor thermal comfort levels. Thermal comfort is a complicated result of non-linear interactions between six parameters. However, many of current A/C systems solely control air temperature. Whenever anyone of the five parameters other than temperature varies significantly, an occupant may feel thermally uncomfortable. To address the issue, a comprehensive thermal comfort index should be used as regulator in A/C systems. One fuzzy logic controller is available. However, the approach to the fuzzy logic controller is complicated. In this paper, one previous established fuzzy logic controller is simplified ...


Inherent Operational Characteristics Aided Fuzzy Logic Controller For A Variable Speed Direct Expansion Air Conditioning System For Simultaneous Indoor Air Temperature And Humidity Control., Huaxia Yan, Yudong Xia, Xiangguo Xu, Shiming Deng Jan 2018

Inherent Operational Characteristics Aided Fuzzy Logic Controller For A Variable Speed Direct Expansion Air Conditioning System For Simultaneous Indoor Air Temperature And Humidity Control., Huaxia Yan, Yudong Xia, Xiangguo Xu, Shiming Deng

Technological and Higher Education Institute of Hong Kong (THEi) Staff Publications

Direct expansion air conditioning systems are widely installed in small-to medium- scale buildings due to their advantages of simple configuration, high energy efficiency and low cost to own and maintain. The two main targets of air conditioning operation include improving the system operational efficiency and energy efficiency. Stable system operational efficiency is directly related with the operation of electronic expansion valves and degree of superheat at the outlet of evaporator. In this paper, an adaptive DS controller is developed to improve the system operational efficiency based the experimental performance of a DX A/C system and reported. The adaptive DS ...


A New Capacity Controller For A Direct Expansion Air Conditioning System For Operational Safety And Efficiency., Yudong Xia, Huaxia Yan, Shiming Deng, Ming-Yin Chan Jan 2018

A New Capacity Controller For A Direct Expansion Air Conditioning System For Operational Safety And Efficiency., Yudong Xia, Huaxia Yan, Shiming Deng, Ming-Yin Chan

Technological and Higher Education Institute of Hong Kong (THEi) Staff Publications

For achieving a balance between the operational safety and efficiency of a variable speed direct expansion air conditioning system, a new capacity controller that can not only simultaneously control indoor air temperature and humidity, but also select an optimized degree of superheat setting to properly balance the operational safety and efficiency has been developed, by adding a control module to a previously developed capacity controller. The core of the control module was an artificial neural network based model representing the known relationship between the inherent operational characteristics and operational stability of a variable speed direct expansion air conditioning system. Using ...


Investigation On Solar Assisted Liquid Desiccant Dehumidifier And Evaporative Cooling System For Fresh Air Treatment., Yi Chen, Hongxing Yang, Yimo Luo Jan 2018

Investigation On Solar Assisted Liquid Desiccant Dehumidifier And Evaporative Cooling System For Fresh Air Treatment., Yi Chen, Hongxing Yang, Yimo Luo

Technological and Higher Education Institute of Hong Kong (THEi) Staff Publications

The widely used semi-centralized air conditioning (A/C) system consisting of independent fresh air system and fan coil system suffers from huge energy consumption, especially for fresh air treatment. Therefore, a liquid desiccant dehumidifier and regenerative indirect evaporative cooling (LDD-RIEC) system is proposed for fresh air treatment. The fresh air is handled by the LDD-RIEC system in which no electricity-intensive compressor involves. The hot and humid fresh air is firstly dehumidified by LDD and then sensibly cooled by RIEC. The thermal energy captured by solar collectors is used for desiccant solution regeneration. Indoor return air is cooled by fan coils ...


Energy-Efficient And -Economic Technologies For Vapor Compression Refrigeration Systems: A Comprehensive Review., Xiaohui She, Lin Cong, Binjian Nie, Guanghui Leng, Hao Peng, Yi Chen, Xiaosong Zhang, Tao Wen, Hongxing Yang, Yimo Luo Jan 2018

Energy-Efficient And -Economic Technologies For Vapor Compression Refrigeration Systems: A Comprehensive Review., Xiaohui She, Lin Cong, Binjian Nie, Guanghui Leng, Hao Peng, Yi Chen, Xiaosong Zhang, Tao Wen, Hongxing Yang, Yimo Luo

Technological and Higher Education Institute of Hong Kong (THEi) Staff Publications

Vapor Compression Refrigeration Systems (VCRS) are widely used to provide cooling or freezing for domestic/office buildings, supermarkets, data centres, etc., which expend 15% of globally electricity and contribute to ∼10% of greenhouse gas emissions globally. It is reported that cooling demand is expected to grow tenfold by 2050. Therefore, it is critical to improve the efficiency of the VCRS. In this paper, a comprehensive review of advanced and hot technologies is conducted for the VCRS. These technologies include radiative cooling, cold energy storage, defrosting and frost-free, temperature and humidity independent control (THIC), ground source heat pump (GSHP), refrigerant subcooling ...


Comparative Study Of On-Off Control And Novel High- Low Control Of Regenerative Indirect Evaporative Cooler (Riec)., Yi Chen, Huaxia Yan, Hongxing Yang Jan 2018

Comparative Study Of On-Off Control And Novel High- Low Control Of Regenerative Indirect Evaporative Cooler (Riec)., Yi Chen, Huaxia Yan, Hongxing Yang

Technological and Higher Education Institute of Hong Kong (THEi) Staff Publications

The main characteristic of an indirect evaporative cooler (IEC) is its dependency on ambient air conditions. To ensure stable indoor temperature and provide better thermal comfort for the occupants, proper control strategy is essential. However, very limited studies report the controller used in IEC. Therefore, two control schemes are comparatively studied for regenerative indirect evaporative cooler (RIEC) application, including conventional on-off control and newly proposed high-low (H-L) control. Under on-off control scheme, the fans are either in operation at constant rated speeds or turned off if the indoor temperature is satisfied. While under H-L control scheme, the fans would be ...


Investigation On The Regeneration Performance Of Liquid Desiccant By Adding Surfactant Pvp-K30., Tao Wen, Lin Lu, Chuanshuai Dong, Yimo Luo Jan 2018

Investigation On The Regeneration Performance Of Liquid Desiccant By Adding Surfactant Pvp-K30., Tao Wen, Lin Lu, Chuanshuai Dong, Yimo Luo

Technological and Higher Education Institute of Hong Kong (THEi) Staff Publications

The liquid desiccant cooling system (LDCS) is a promising alternative for the conventional vapor compression system due to its high energy efficiency. To enhance the mass transfer between the regeneration air and liquid desiccant in the regenerator, the paper firstly introduced a kind of surfactant called polyvinyl pyrrolidone (PVP-K30) which was added into the LiCl solution for better desiccant regeneration performance. The falling film characteristics and regeneration performance were investigated and compared with and without surfactant. The results indicated that the contact angle of desiccant solution on plate decreased from 58.5° to 28.0° by adding surfactant with 0 ...


Investigation On The Regeneration And Corrosion Characteristics Of An Anodized Aluminum Plate Regenerator., Tao Wen, Lin Lu, Hongxing Yang, Yimo Luo Jan 2018

Investigation On The Regeneration And Corrosion Characteristics Of An Anodized Aluminum Plate Regenerator., Tao Wen, Lin Lu, Hongxing Yang, Yimo Luo

Technological and Higher Education Institute of Hong Kong (THEi) Staff Publications

The traditional vapor compression cooling system (VCS) has been criticized for its heavy reliance on electricity consumption and limited control ability of humidity. Compared with the VCS, the liquid desiccant cooling system (LDCS) is more efficient by handling the sensible and latent load separately. The present study investigated the regeneration and corrosion characteristics of an anodized aluminum plate regenerator for the first time. Comparative tests were conducted to present the regeneration and corrosion characteristics of the normal and anodized regenerator. The influence of internal heating on the regeneration performance was also identified. The results showed that the corrosion rate was ...