Prof. Ruzhu Wang, Prof. Yanjun Dai
Project Description and Objectives
The rotary desiccant wheel cooling system operates on principles of adsorption, dehumidification and evaporative cooling. The system adopts natural substances as a working fluid and can be driven by low grade thermal energy such as solar energy. Due to these advantages, the solar powered rotary desiccant wheel cooling system is recognized as a preferable alternative to the conventional vapor compression air conditioning system and has obtained increasing interest in the past years. Based on whether an auxiliary refrigeration system is adopted, the systems are divided in two categories: separate solar powered rotary desiccant wheel cooling systems and hybrid solar powered rotary desiccant wheel cooling systems.
The objectives of this project are to further develop the latest dehumidification cooling system and to provide information on potential applications.
The objectives of the highly efficient dehumidification cooling technology are:
Understanding of technologies for sustainable energy production, conversion and utilization;
Understanding of limitations and opportunities of the dehumidification cooling technology;
Gain experience, through challenges and opportunities, during the testing and simulation of the dehumidification energy systems;
Develop your own vision for a dehumidification cooling scenario in the future.
Understanding of lab safety.
Interested students should have basic knowledge of air-conditioning, dehumidification or cooling technology, etc.
Proficiency in writing and speaking is mandatory.
Become familiar with dehumidification cooling technology.
Propose a new system design and execute simulations.
Proceed with the experimental validation of the concept.
Write a technical report on the results.