EXPERIMENTAL AND THEORETICAL STUDY OF ADIABATIC HUMIDIFICATION IN HVAC&R APPLICATIONS
This article presents the results of the study performed to obtain a theoretical unified treatment of adiabatic humidification to be applied in refrigeration and air conditioning systems that can be used as a calculate tool in field as a part of diagnosis in audit processes of this kind of systems. To achieve this, a series of tests and experimental analysis are performed on two types of systems. The computational model is able to predict the effectiveness of the system and the main variables at the system exhaust as temperature and humidity by using the measurement of temperature and mass flow rates that participle in the energy and mass and transfer. The key in the analysis is the global heat transfer coefficient AU, considering the influence of the water an air mass flow rates in the system. An example of each system considered in this study is shown, illustrating the validation of the model.