Thermodynamic analysis of an adsorption-based desalination cycle

Jun W. Wu, Mark J. Biggs, Eric J. Hu*

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Adsorption-based desalination (AD) is attracting increasing attention because of its ability to co-generate double-distilled fresh water and cooling. In this paper, a thermodynamic model has been developed in order to study the factors that influence the fresh water production rate (FWPR) and energy consumption of an adsorption-based desalination system. Water adsorption on the silica gel adsorbent is modelled using a Langmuir isotherm and the factors studied are the silica gel adsorption equilibrium constant and the temperatures of the hot and cooling water which supply and extract heat from the silica gel respectively.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1541-1547
Number of pages7
JournalChemical Engineering Research and Design
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2010


  • Adsorption chiller
  • Adsorption desalination
  • Isotherms
  • Silica gel-water

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Chemical Engineering(all)


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