Committee Chair

Yang, Sungwoo

Committee Member

Harris, Bradley; Danquah, Michael; Sreenivas, Kidambi

Department

Dept. of Engineering

College

College of Engineering and Computer Science

Publisher

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Place of Publication

Chattanooga (Tenn.)

Abstract

This work describes the development of a Finite Element Model (FEM) for use in determining adsorption system performance. The considered interactions are between Zeolite 13X and water vapor for the purposes of engineering adsorbent characteristics and harvester device characteristics. Four objectives are evaluated in the development of a predictive model. First, to understand the implementation of adsorption systems equations and the assumptions that could prevent reliable predictability. Second, to assemble, reduce, and analyze model constants and approximations that express FEM coefficient calculations. Third, to analyze factor sensitivity of model inputs by way of a 2k factorial screening to determine which inputs would benefit from future model development. Fourth, to identify potential avenues of research that would result in novel intellectual property. The main findings of the solver factor screening indicate that micro-dispersion factors and intra-crystalline gas diffusivity are the highest value characteristics in relation to water uptake.

Acknowledgments

Without exception my time as an undergraduate Chemical Engineering student and as a Masters student at UTC has been marked by interactions with Faculty and Staff of the highest caliber. In many instances I have witnessed portraits of brilliance, service, and mercy beyond what would be normally expected. This subject matter has required a grinding effort with repeated reassessment of what is needed to achieve its completion. Dr. Sungwoo Yang has never failed to support the effort, encourage proper direction, and care for me as a person. His humility, energy, and focus allowed me to achieve results that seemed far out of reach.

Degree

M. S.; A thesis submitted to the faculty of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the degree of Master of Science.

Date

12-2021

Subject

Computational fluid dynamics; Zeolites--Absorption and adsorption

Keyword

Adsorption; AWH; CFD; FEM; Zeolite

Document Type

Masters theses

DCMI Type

Text

Extent

xvi, 37 leaves

Language

English

Rights

http://rightsstatements.org/vocab/InC/1.0/

License

http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

Date Available

12-31-2022

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