Composite Materials Based on Zeolite 4A for Adsorption Heat Pumps
, E-ISSN: 1572-8757
||adsorption heat pumps, equivalent thermal conductivity, zeolite
C.N.R. Istituto pet la Trasfotwzazione e l'Accumulo dell'Energia,
Boreskov Institute of Catalysis
Some additives and binders were chosen for the preparation of 4A-zeolite-based composites with
high equivalent thermal conductivity for heat pumps application. Additives (SIC, Si3N4, graphite) and binders (PTFE, AI(OH)3) were tested for their effectiveness in terms of equivalent thermal conductivity and maximum water adsorption capacity of the composites. The influence of the equivalent thermal conductivity of the composite adsorbents on the specific power of the heat pump was also calculated. Results show a significant improvement in the equivalent thermal conductivity of the composite samples which are prepared using aluminum hydroxide as binder, over that of zeolite pellet beds. Such composite materials could be used to build adsorption heat pumps with higher specific power and, consequently, with lower investment cost.