Experimental Investigation on a Desiccant Silica Bed for Dehumidification

Authors

  • Pravinth Balthazar Department of Mechanical Engineering, South Eastern University of Sri Lanka, 32360 Oluvil, Eastern Province, Sri Lanka
  • Mohd Azmi Ismail School of Mechanical Engineering, Universiti Sains Malaysia, 14300 Nibong Tebal, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
  • Mohammad Nazmi Mohammad Nasir School of Mechanical Engineering, Universiti Sains Malaysia, 14300 Nibong Tebal, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
  • Hussin Mamat School of Aerospace Engineering, Universiti Sains Malaysia, 14300 Nibong Tebal, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
  • Muhammad Iftishah Ramdan School of Mechanical Engineering, Universiti Sains Malaysia, 14300 Nibong Tebal, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia,

Keywords:

silica gel, solid desiccant, dehumidification, adsorption, hollow cylinder

Abstract

Energy demand is getting higher from time to time all over the world especially in Malaysia. In order to cope with energy cost and climate change that taking place to achieve the thermal comfort, alternative cooling methods should be placed to reduce consumption of energy. Desiccant cooling technique is one of the promising alternative method, avoids the refrigerants use and eliminate effect on the ozone layer. This study focused on single layer hollow silica gel bed dehumidification ability as the solid desiccant material under variable air velocity between 1 ms-1 to 5 ms-1. Experimental investigation concluded that moisture adsorption ability is increased respect to air velocity for hollow desiccant arrangement for 1 ms-1 to 2.1 ms-1 range. However, 2.1 ms-1 to 5 ms-1 showed steep decrease in moisture adsorption. 5 ms-1 air velocity illustrated 10.5 times lower dehumidification than 3.7 ms-1.

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Published

2021-01-06

How to Cite

Balthazar, P. ., Ismail, M. A. ., Mohammad Nasir, M. N. ., Mamat, H. ., & Ramdan, M. I. (2021). Experimental Investigation on a Desiccant Silica Bed for Dehumidification. Journal of Advanced Research in Fluid Mechanics and Thermal Sciences, 73(2), 1–11. Retrieved from https://www.akademiabaru.com/submit/index.php/arfmts/article/view/3029

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