A 3D computational fluid dynamics model was adopted to study the effects of internal cooling on the performance of a three-fluid combined membrane contactor (3F-CMC), in the presence of minitubes in solution and a spacer in the air channel. This compact 3F-CMC is part of a hybrid climate-control system, recently developed for serving in electric vehicles. For the studied operating conditions, results show that the absorption and sensible effectiveness parameters increase up to 77% and 124% by internal cooling, respectively. This study also reports 3D flow effects on the heat and mass transfer enhancement inside the contactor, with implications for further design improvements.
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This work is part of XERIC project that has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No653605.
This work is part of XERIC project that has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement N◦653605.
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- Internal cooling
- Liquid desiccant
- Membrane contactor
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Civil and Structural Engineering
- Environmental Science(all)