Dehumidification performance improvement by using liquid desiccant blends – An experimental study

Shiva Kumar, Subhransu S. Parida, Nitesh Kumar

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To minimize global warming and consumption of electricity, a desiccant-based air conditioning system has been proposed as a better alternative to control air humidity, compared to the conventional air conditioning system. In the present study, the performance of the hybrid desiccant was compared with the pure LiBr and KCOOH solution. Blends of LiBr and KCOOH at different weight ratios were used as desiccants. The performance of the system was compared based on its moisture removal rate and dehumidification effectiveness. The performance of the system increased with increasing desiccant flow rate, the concentration of the solute and the airflow rate. From the tested concentrations, the blend of 40% LiBr and 10% KCOOH concentration showed the highest MRR and dehumidification effectiveness among all blends of LiBr and KCOOH. From the study, it can be concluded that by using an optimized blend of LiBr and KCOOH as a desiccant in place of neat LiBr, the limitations of pure LiBr can be partly resolved without sacrificing much on the dehumidification performance.

Original languageEnglish
JournalIndoor and Built Environment
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2023

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Building and Construction
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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