liquid desiccant dehumidification, regeneration subsystem, orthogonal design, variance analysis, parametric analysis
Along with the widely use in industries and lives, the dehumidification systems have consumed a large amount of energy. Fortunately, the application of liquid desiccant dehumidification system can greatly reduce the consumption of high-grade energies. To improve the advantages of liquid desiccant system compared with the conventional dehumidification system, one of the key measures is to increase the efficiency of the regeneration sub-system. In this study, models for the regeneration tower and counter-current heat exchanger, which are recognized by previous experiments, are employed and the corresponding VC++ computer program modules are used to describe the heat and mass transfer processes between the liquid desiccant solution and moist air in the regenerator and the heat transfer process in heat exchanger respectively. The orthogonal design is used to arrange the numerical experiment. The results are analyzed by the method of variance analysis to determine the relative significance of operating parameters and the interactions between them. The analysis on the influence factors shows that for the evaporation rate of water vapor in the regenerator, the important parameters are the inlet temperature and concentration of the solution, the mass flow ratio of dry air to dehydrated desiccant, and the NTU of the regenerator. For the regeneration efficiency, the mass flow ratio of dry air to dehydrated desiccant, the NTU of the regenerator and inlet temperature of solution are important parameters. There is no interaction that influences the evaporation rate of water vapor and the regeneration efficiency significantly.