A numerical analysis of heat and mass transfer inside a reversibly used water cooling tower

Kunxiong Tan, Shiming Deng

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In subtropical regions, a desuperheater heat recovery system for service hot-water heating can be applied. However, in colder seasons when building cooling load is reduced, a standard water-cooling tower may be reversibly used to extract free heat from ambient air to make up the reduction of heat source for water heating. Previous related work included developing an analytical method for evaluating the heat and mass transfer characteristics in a reversibly used water-cooling tower (RUWCT), which cannot be used to determine the air and water states at any intermediate horizontal sections along the tower height within an RUWCT. This paper presents a detailed numerical analysis by which the air and water states at any horizontal plane along the tower height within an RUWCT can be determined. The numerical analysis has been partially validated using the experimental data from an installed RUWCT in a hotel building in southern China. The numerical analysis reported in this paper, together with the Analytical Method previously developed, provides a complete method for the analysis of heat and mass transfer characteristics within and at the boundaries of an RUWCT.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)91-97
Number of pages7
JournalBuilding and Environment
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2003


  • Desuperheater
  • Numerical analysis
  • Water heating
  • Water-cooling tower

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Geography, Planning and Development

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