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Modelling and Simulation in Engineering
Volume 2012 (2012), Article ID 651434, 12 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2012/651434
Review Article

A CFD Simulation on How the Different Sizes of Silica Gel Will Affect the Adsorption Performance of Silica Gel

School of Engineering, University of Birmingham, Birmingham B15 2TT, UK

Received 6 December 2011; Revised 12 January 2012; Accepted 17 January 2012

Academic Editor: Guan Heng Yeoh

Copyright © 2012 John White. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

The application of computational fluid dynamics (CFD) in the area of porous media and adsorption cooling system is becoming more practical due to the significant improvement in computer power. The results from previous studies have shown that CFD can be useful tool for predicting the water vapour flow pattern, temperature, heat transfer, flow velocity, and adsorption rate. This paper investigates the effect of silica gel granular size on the water adsorption rate using computational fluid dynamics.