On the pressure drop in Plate Heat Exchangers used as desorbers in absorption chillers Articles uri icon

publication date

  • February 2011

start page

  • 1520

end page

  • 1525


  • 2


  • 52

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0196-8904

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1879-2227


  • The influence of the pressure drop in Plate Heat Exchangers (PHE) in the boiling temperature of LiBr-H(2)O and NH(3)-H(2)O solutions is studied. For the NH(3)-H(2)O solution, the pressure drop-temperature saturation relationship estates that high pressure drops can be allowed in the solution with negligible changes in the saturation temperature, and in the PHE performance. Besides, in the case of the LiBr-H(2)O solution, as the working pressure is usually very low, the analysis of the pressure drop must be taken as a main limiting parameter for the use of Plate Heat Exchangers as vapour generators. In this case, the pressure drop may considerably change the boiling temperature of the solution entering the heat exchanger and therefore a higher heating fluid temperature may be required. A guideline to design these systems is proposed.


  • absorption system; desorption; plate heat exchangers; pressure drop; plate exchanger