E3S Web Conf.
Volume 356, 2022The 16th ROOMVENT Conference (ROOMVENT 2022)
|Number of page(s)||4|
|Section||Air Distribution and Ventilation Performance|
|Published online||31 August 2022|
Performance analysis of air curtains on indoor environment and dehumidification energy consumption in a low humidity plant
1 College of Mechanical and Energy Engineering, Jimei University, Xiamen, 361021, China
2 Fujian Province Key Laboratory of Energy Cleaning Utilization and Development, Xiamen 361021, China
* Corresponding author: firstname.lastname@example.org
The purpose of this study is to evaluate the effect of air curtains on indoor environment and dehumidification energy consumption for different air supply angle and velocity. The numerical investigation was conducted in a low-humidity plant located in the atmospheric boundary layer. The standard k-epsilon turbulence model was used in simulation study. The optimum air supply angle and velocity were evaluated based on temperature and humidity distribution. The simulation cases range in air supply angle from 0° to 20° and velocity from 6m/s to 14m/s, which were studied by means of orthogonal experiments. Simulation results show that air curtain can reduce the average indoor temperature of the plant by up to 3.9°C and reduce the average moisture content by up to 86.6% compared to the cases without air curtains. The energy saving assessment of the dehumidification rotor system shows a parabolic variation in energy consumption with increasing air velocity at a certain air supply angle. The optimum energy consumption occurs at the range of 9-11m/s for air supply velocity. When air supply velocity is over 11m/s, the airflow exchange is enhanced by air curtain at the plant opening, resulting the higher energy consumption from air leakage for dehumidification.
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