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A comprehensive design and rating study of evaporative coolers and condensers. Part II. Sensitivity analysis

QURESHI, BILAL AHMED and ZUBAIR, SYED M. A comprehensive design and rating study of evaporative coolers and condensers. Part II. Sensitivity analysis. International Journal of Refrigeration 29 (2006) 659–668.

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Abstract Sensitivity analysis can be used to identify important model parameters, in particular, normalized sensitivity coefficients; by allowing a one-on-one comparison. Regarding design of evaporative coolers, the sensitivity analysis shows that all sensitivities are unaffected by varying the mass flow ratio and that outlet process fluid temperature is the most important factor. In rating evaporative coolers, effectiveness is found to be most sensitive to the process fluid flow rate. Also, the process fluid outlet temperature is most sensitive to the process fluid inlet temperature. For evaporative condensers, the normalized sensitivity coefficient values indicate that the condensing temperature is the most sensitive parameter and that these are not affected by the value of the mass flow ratio. For evaporative condenser design, it was seen that, for a 53% increase in the inlet relative humidity, the normalized sensitivity of the surface area increased 1.8 times in value and, for a 15 8C increase in the condenser temperature, the sensitivity increased by 3.5 times. The performance study of evaporative condensers show that, for a 72% increase in the inlet relative humidity, the normalized sensitivity coefficient for effectiveness increased 2.4 times and, for a 15 8C increase in the condenser temperature, it doubled in value. q 2005 Elsevier Ltd and IIR. All rights reserved. Keywords: Refrigeration; Air conditioning; Cooling tower; Evaporative condenser; Modelling; Research; Parameter



Item Type:Article
Subjects:Mechanical
Divisions:College Of Engineering Sciences > Mechanical Engineering Dept
Creators:QURESHI, BILAL AHMED and ZUBAIR, SYED M.
ID Code:506
Deposited By:AbdulRahman
Deposited On:18 Mar 2008 15:51
Last Modified:12 Apr 2011 13:07

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