Experimental studies on the characteristics of an absorber using LiBr/H2O solution as working fluid

Shiming Deng, W. B. Ma

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The absorber is an important component in absorption machines and its characteristics have significant effect on the overall efficiency of absorption machines. This article reports on the results of experimental studies on the characteristics for a falling film absorber which is made up of 24 row horizontal smooth tubes. It shows that while the mass transfer coefficient is increased with the increase of spray density, the heat transfer coefficient is increased only in small spray density range. There is an optimum spray density between 0.005 and 0.055 kg s-1m-1spray density at which the heat transfer coefficient is maximum. The heat transfer coefficient (Nusselt number), which is traditionally expressed using Reynolds number and Prandtl number, was modified taking the effect of inlet solution concentration into account. The results can be used to optimize the future design of absorption machines having a falling film absorber and using LiBr/H2O as working fluid.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)293-301
Number of pages9
JournalInternational Journal of Refrigeration
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1999

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical Engineering


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