In this work, a new adsorbent bed for adsorption chillers is proposed. Highly porous copper foams weredirectly sintered on the external surface of copper pipes. Afterwards, the foam surface was coated by severallayers of zeolite 4A by in situ hydrothermal synthesis. The performance of an adsorbent bed based onthe proposed configuration was then evaluated by a dynamic model. The results of simulations provideda cooling COP = 0.10–0.28, a specific cooling power ranging between 0.6 and 3.8 kW per kg of adsorbentmaterial (77–123W per kg of adsorber) and a volumetric cooling power of 103–214 kW per cubic meterof adsorber, depending on the copper foam thickness assumed (1–10 mm). A comparison with other ‘‘traditional”configurations based on loose pellets or consolidated layers of zeolite, demonstrated attractiveperformance – in terms of specific and volumetric powers – for the proposed adsorbent bed.

Zeolite synthesised on copper foam for adsorption chillers: A mathematical model

L. , Bonaccorsi;
2009

Abstract

In this work, a new adsorbent bed for adsorption chillers is proposed. Highly porous copper foams weredirectly sintered on the external surface of copper pipes. Afterwards, the foam surface was coated by severallayers of zeolite 4A by in situ hydrothermal synthesis. The performance of an adsorbent bed based onthe proposed configuration was then evaluated by a dynamic model. The results of simulations provideda cooling COP = 0.10–0.28, a specific cooling power ranging between 0.6 and 3.8 kW per kg of adsorbentmaterial (77–123W per kg of adsorber) and a volumetric cooling power of 103–214 kW per cubic meterof adsorber, depending on the copper foam thickness assumed (1–10 mm). A comparison with other ‘‘traditional”configurations based on loose pellets or consolidated layers of zeolite, demonstrated attractiveperformance – in terms of specific and volumetric powers – for the proposed adsorbent bed.
Adsorption; Chiller; Zeolite deposition; Copper foam; Dynamic simulation
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