Working pairs for resorption refrigerator

H. S. Bao, R. G. Oliveira, R. Z. Wang*, L. W. Wang, Z. W. Ma

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The performances of three chemisorption working pairs operating under the resorption cycle were studied gravimetrically by comparing the desorbed and adsorbed mass of refrigerant in different operation conditions. All pairs used NH3 as refrigerant and MnCl2 in the main reactor, but each one used a different salt for the cooling effect production in the secondary reactor. These salts were NH4Cl or NaBr or BaCl2. The experimental results indicated that the degree of conversion in reaction between the NH3 and BaCl2 was inferior to 25% during cooling production at 0 °C or below, whereas the reactions with the other salts had conversions of at least 80%. When the systems operated with heat source temperature for the main reactor at 155 °C, heat sink temperature for both reactors at 30 °C, and cooling effect production temperature at 0 °C the coefficient of performance (COP) of the system using NH4Cl and the system using NaBr were similar and around 0.30; however, the former system had a specific cooling power (SCP) 5% higher than that of the latter system. Because the reaction in the system with NH4Cl was practically halted in a period much shorter than that used in the experiments, it is possible to expect that if the period of the cooling period was shortened, the difference between the SCP of those systems would be much higher.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3015-3021
Number of pages7
JournalApplied Thermal Engineering
Issue number14-15
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2011


  • Adsorption
  • Ammoniates
  • Comparison
  • Refrigeration
  • Resorption

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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