Study on adsorption of methanol onto carbon based adsorbents

I. I. El-Sharkawy, M. Hassan, B. B. Saha, S. Koyama, M. M. Nasr

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This paper presents the isothermal characteristics of methanol onto two specimens of activated carbons namely Maxsorb III and Tsurumi activated charcoal. Dubinin Raduskevich (D-R) equation is used to correlate the adsorption isotherms and to form the pressure-temperature-concentration diagram for both of the assorted pairs. Experimental results show that the maximum adsorption capacity of Maxsorb III/methanol pair is 1.76 times that of activated charcoal/methanol pair. Employing a time-independent mathematical model, the performance of adsorption cooling cycle using Maxsorb III/methanol and activated charcoal/methanol pairs has been studied and compared with that of three other types of carbon based adsorbent/methanol pairs. Theoretical calculations show the superiority of Maxsorb III/methanol pair for both of air-conditioning and ice-making applications.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1579-1586
Number of pages8
JournalInternational Journal of Refrigeration
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2009

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical Engineering


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