Enhancement of Thermal Conductivity by Using Polymer-Zeolite in Solid Adsorption Heat Pumps

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E. J. Hu

Gippsland School of Engineering, Monash University, Churchill, Victoria 3842, Australia

D.-S. Zhu, X.-Y. Sang, L. Wang, Y.-K. Tan

Research Institute of Chemical Engineering, South China University of Technology, Guangzhou 510641, China

J. Heat Transfer 119(3), 627-629 (Aug 01, 1997) (3 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2824151 History: Received May 20, 1996; Revised January 17, 1997; Online December 05, 2007


A thermal conductivity augmentation technology for zeolite beds has been studied in this paper. To enhance the effective thermal conductivity of zeolite, the zeolite particle was coated with a thermal polymer material in a new synthesis process. It was found that the effective thermal conductivity of the polymerzeolite was increased two to three times, while its adsorptive ability remains the same. The results of the experiment show that the polymer synthesis technique could be used as a heat transfer enhancement method to improve thermal conductivity among zeolite particles.

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