The thermal performance of a cross-flow plate heat exchanger for indirect evaporative cooling

Xuelai Liu, Yong'An Li, Jizhi Li, Hengliang Chen, Hongxing Yang

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Abstract

Building energy consumption takes up 27.8% of China's general energy consumption. Air-conditioning energy consumption has exceeded 50% in building energy consumption. It is fully utilized by cooling amounts of low-grade of air-conditioning, we can have a very good energy saving. This paper establishes the mathematical model of the cross-flow plate heat exchanger for indirect evaporative cooling with condensation from primary air. The mathematical model is solved according to the finite difference method. Through the numerical solution of the mathematical model, the temperature and humidity distribution of the primary air and the secondary air are obtained. The influence of the mass flow rates of primary air and secondary air, the width of the passage and the plate wettability on the efficiency of the cross-flow plate heat exchanger for indirect evaporative cooling is analyzed in this paper. Finally, experimental investigation is also carried out for validating part of the simulation model. Theory and the experiment indicate the cross-flow plate heat exchanger energy reclaiming effect reaching 80.5%.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUECTC'09 - Proceedings of 2009 US-EU-China Thermophysics Conference - Renewable Energy
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2009
Event2009 US-EU-China Thermophysics Conference - Renewable Energy, UECTC'09 - Beijing, China
Duration: 28 May 200930 May 2009

Conference

Conference2009 US-EU-China Thermophysics Conference - Renewable Energy, UECTC'09
CountryChina
CityBeijing
Period28/05/0930/05/09

Keywords

  • Effectiveness
  • Evaporative cooling
  • Mathematical model
  • Temperature distribution

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment

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