Development of a Small-Scale Test Facility for Effectiveness Evaluation of Fixed-Bed Regenerators
Krishnan, Easwaran Nampoothiry
Wilson, Lee D
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Fixed-bed regenerators (FBR) transfer heat (and moisture) between supply and exhaust air streams in heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) systems to reduce building energy consumption. This paper presents a new small-scale testing facility to evaluate the performance (i.e. sensible effectiveness) of FBRs for HVAC applications. The major contributions of this paper are: development of a new small-scale experimental facility and methodology for testing FBRs, quantification of uncertainties, and verification of small-scale test data over a large range of FBR design conditions. A numerical model and two well-known design correlations are used to verify the results and testing methodology. The advantages of small-scale testing are that it requires low volume of conditioned airflow, has low uncertainty, requires less exchanger material and has a low cost per test. Moreover, the small-scale testing methodology of FBR would benefit heat exchanger manufacturers to perform detailed sensitivity studies and optimize the exchanger performance over a wide range of design and operating parameters prior to the fabrication of full-scale exchangers.