Silica gel is one of the most used porous material in commercial water adsorption chillers for the low cost and large market availability. In most applications, silica gel is used as granules with limitation in heat transfer efficiency and material hydrothermal stability. In this work, preliminary results of a new hybrid coating made of microfibres obtained by the electrospinning of silica gel/polymer solutions are pre- sented. Polyacrylonitrile (20 wt%) and different silica gel powders (80 wt%) were mixed and electrospun to produce fibrous coatings on aluminium surfaces. Thermal analysis of the hybrid microfibres by TGA- DSC showed that the coating was stable up to T¼290 ?C with no evidence of thermal degradation of the microfibres. Measurements of water adsorption isobars of silica gel microfibres at P¼ 11 mbar and P¼ 42 mbar showed that the water adsorbed was 80 wt% of the water uptake capability of the original silica gel demonstrating that the polymeric component of microfibres did not occluded the adsorbing material porosity.

Silica gel microfibres by electrospinning for adsorption chillers

Malara A.;Frontera P.;Bonaccorsi L.
2019

Abstract

Silica gel is one of the most used porous material in commercial water adsorption chillers for the low cost and large market availability. In most applications, silica gel is used as granules with limitation in heat transfer efficiency and material hydrothermal stability. In this work, preliminary results of a new hybrid coating made of microfibres obtained by the electrospinning of silica gel/polymer solutions are pre- sented. Polyacrylonitrile (20 wt%) and different silica gel powders (80 wt%) were mixed and electrospun to produce fibrous coatings on aluminium surfaces. Thermal analysis of the hybrid microfibres by TGA- DSC showed that the coating was stable up to T¼290 ?C with no evidence of thermal degradation of the microfibres. Measurements of water adsorption isobars of silica gel microfibres at P¼ 11 mbar and P¼ 42 mbar showed that the water adsorbed was 80 wt% of the water uptake capability of the original silica gel demonstrating that the polymeric component of microfibres did not occluded the adsorbing material porosity.
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