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Variation of Water Temperature along the Direction of Flow: Effect on Performance of an Evaporative Cooler

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Author(s): M. S. Sodha | A. Somwanshi

Journal: Journal of Fundamentals of Renewable Energy and Applications
ISSN 2090-4533

Volume: 2;
Start page: 6 pages;
Date: 2012;
Original page

Keywords: evaporation | cooling | energy balance | mass transfer

ABSTRACT
This paper presents a model for the evaluation of the variation of the water temperature along the direction of flow in an evaporating pad. The model has been used to evaluate the mean air exit temperature and the transient temperature of the water in the tank. The analytical results are in agreement with the observations in our experiments. The time variation of the temperature of water in the tank has been investigated and the new concept of using the tank water for cooling have been investigated theoretically and experimentally; the theory is in good agreement with experiment. It is seen that the penalty on the mean exit air temperature is negligible for thermal loads  (for cooling) of the order of 1 kW; it is seen that it is 0.6 °C for  = 2 kW. Further it is concluded that for typical coolers the steady state temperature of water in the tank is reached in a time of the order of one hour or less.
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