Integrated evaporator-condenser cascaded adsorption system for low temperature cooling using different working pairs

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A cascaded adsorption cooling system with an integrated evaporator/condenser can produce low temperature cooling, using waste heat sources. The choice of the working pair in such a system affects the system’s performance when driven by low temperature waste heat sources, which can be as low as 70oC. This paper investigates the performance of various adsorbent/refrigerant working pairs in a cascaded adsorption system with an integrated evaporator/condenser using Simulink/MATLAB software. The cascaded system consists of two pairs of adsorber beds, a condenser, an evaporator and an integrated condenser/evaporator heat exchanger, forming upper and bottoming cycles. Five combinations of working pairs were investigated: ATO/ethanol + Maxsorb/R507A; Maxsorb/R134a + Maxsorb/propane; ATO/Ethanol + Maxsorb/propane; ATO/ethanol +AC-35/methanol; and Maxsorb/R134a + Maxsorb/R507A. The latter combination was used for validation and as a reference combination for assessing the performance of the investigated working pairs in terms of COP and cooling capacity. The results showed that the Maxsorb/R134a + Maxsorb/propane combination gives a higher COP compared to the reference combination, with up to 30.0% and 30.1% for the COP and cooling capacity, respectively; while ATO/ethanol +AC-35/methanol produces a similar performance to the reference case but uses natural refrigerants with low global warming potential and low cost adsorbent materials.


Original languageEnglish
JournalApplied Energy
Early online date12 Feb 2016
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 12 Feb 2016


  • Adsorption, Cascading, Working pairs, Freezing, Simulink

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