EXPERIMENTAL AND FEASIBILITY STUDY OF THE UTILIZATION OF U-SHAPED HEAT PIPES FOR REDUCING AIR HUMIDITY IN HVAC SYSTEMS

  • Fadhil Fuad Rachman, Ragil Sukarno, and Nandy Putra

Abstract

Along with various activities carried out in the building, an HVAC system is needed to provide
a comfortable room in terms of temperature and humidity control for its occupants. Operating
an HVAC system requires a large amount of energy, which is around 30% of the total energy
consumption in the building, so it is important to reduce its energy consumption. To meet room
temperature set point in conventional HVAC system, overcooling the fresh air and heating it
back to achieve the needed room humidity is inevitable. This research has investigated the effect
of utilization of U-shape heat pipe for reducing supply air humidity by reheating process before
entering a conditioned room. The U-Shaped heat pipe experiments were varied using one row
and two rows with six heat pipe in each row. The inlet air temperature in the evaporator section
was varied of 35°C, 40 °C, and 45 °C, while the inlet air velocity varied of 1.5 m/s, 2.0 m/s and
2.5 m/s. The results showed that the two-row of U-shaped heat pipes can reduce the relative
humidity as much of 21.31%. The highest effectiveness of 46 % was obtained when using the tworow U-shaped heat pipes at inlet air temperature of 35 °C and air velocity of 1.5 m/s. The highest
energy saving in reducing air humidity was 647 W, which was achieved with the two-row Ushaped heat pipes at inlet air temperature of 45 °C and air velocity of 2.5 m/s. With that amount
of energy-saving value, the fastest payback time can be achieved by using the two rows U-shaped
heat pipe for 0.5 years (six months), respectively.

Published
2020-05-01
How to Cite
Fadhil Fuad Rachman, Ragil Sukarno, and Nandy Putra. (2020). EXPERIMENTAL AND FEASIBILITY STUDY OF THE UTILIZATION OF U-SHAPED HEAT PIPES FOR REDUCING AIR HUMIDITY IN HVAC SYSTEMS. International Journal of Advanced Science and Technology, 29(7s), 3402-3410. Retrieved from https://sersc.org/journals/index.php/IJAST/article/view/17628