Properties of Moist Air

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PROPERTIES OF MOIST AIR

DALTON'S LAW

n = NO. of moles
AMAGAT'S LAW

γ = mole fraction of gas in mixture of gases

•  Molecular mass of mixture

•  Universal gas constant R = 8.314 kJ/kg mole K

Characteristic gas constant Ra =

•  Psychometric properties:

F + P = C + 2
F = Degree of freedom
P = Phases in mixture
C = Components of mixture
For a mixture of 2 gases we need 3 properties to fix its thermodynamic state whereas for pure substance we need only 2 properties.

•  Dry Bulb Temperature (DBT) is the actual temperature 't' of the normal by ordinary thermometer.
 Dry Air Mass maSpecific volume VaWater Vapour Mass mwSpecific volume Vw

where,V =Volume
m =Mass
P = Pressure
T = Temperature
Specific humidity/Humidity ratio

Pv = Partial pressure of vapour
P = Total pressure of moist air

•  Specific humidity is a function of partial pressure.

Dew point Temperature

•  The temperature at which the super heated vapour present in a sample of unsaturated
•  At a given partial pressure of water vapour, the saturation temperature is DBT.

Degree of Saturation

•  The capacity of air to absorb moisture is called degree of saturation

ω = Specific humidity at partial pressure Pv.
ω = specific humidity at saturation pressure Ps

•  Relative humidity

ENTHALPY OF MOIST AIR

h = ha + ωhv
For 1 kg of dry air and w kg of water vapour.
ha = enthalpy of dry air
hv = enthalpy of water vapour

or

hfg = Latent heat of vapourization

WET BULB TEMPERATURE (WBT)

•  WBT is used to measure humidity by a psychrometer The temperature measured by thermometer whose bulb is covered with wet cloth is wet bulb temperature while the bare bulb measures dry bulb temperature.
•  Wet Bulb Temperature (WBT) is always less than Dry Bulb Temperature (DBT) except when the air saturated. That time WBT is equal to DBT.
•  Wet bulb depression = DBT – WBT
•  WBT is an indirect measure of the dryness of the moist air.

Thermodynamic wet bulb temperature or temperature of adiabatic saturation

•  For any state of unsaturated moist air, there exist a temperature at which the air becomes adiabatically saturated by the evaporation of water into air. That temperature is temperature of adiabatic saturation.
•  Only in case of saturated moist air, wet bulb temperature and thermodynamic wet bulb temperature and thermodynamic wet bulb temperature (temperature of adiabatic saturation) are equal.
• For moist air having three degree of freedom, three of the four properties can be measured.
• total pressure or barometer pressure.
• dry bulb temperature
• dew point temperature.
• wet bulb temperature.

Thermodynamic WBT is given as

PSYCHROMETRIC CHARTS

Constant enthalpy lines are along the constant wet bulb temperature lines.
PSYCHROMETRY OF AIR CONDITIONING PROCESS

•  Mixing process
•  Specific humidity of the mixture (w)
•   Enthalpy of the mixture (h)
•  Temperature of the mixture (t)

where for the two moist air stream
ma1 , ma2 – Mass of the dry air
W1, W2 – Specific humidity
h1, h2 – Specific enthalpy
t1, t2 – Temperature (in ºC)

•   Mixing with Condensation: When a cool current mixes with hot current with high relative humidity. the moisture may get condensed and relative humidity of mixed stream might be less that without condensation mass condensed per unit dry air

Basic Air Conditioning process

 Process in diagram Type of Air- Conditioning OA Sensible Heating OB Sensible Cooling OC Humidification OD Dehumidification OE Heating and Humidification OF Cooling and Dehumidification OG Cooling and Humidification OH Heating and Dehumidification
• If CMM be the cubic meter per minute supply of air and rair = 1.2, Cpair = 1.02

Then Qs = 0.02040 (CMM) Dt kW
QL = 50 (CMM) DwkW
Sensible Heating and Cooling
Qs = ma (1.005 + 1.88 w) (t1 – t2)
ma – mass flow rate of dry air
ω – specific humidity of moist air
t1, t2 – initial and final temperature
Latent Heating and cooling

QL = ma [h1 – h2]
ma – mass flow rate of dry air
h1, h2 – initial and final specific enthalpy

Sensible Heat Factor (SHF)

SHF = 1
Þ SensibleHeatingorCooling

•   SHF = 0

Þ Humidification or Dehumidification
By Pass Factor (x)

•   By Pass Factor is defined as the fraction of air which doesn't come in contact with or which by passes the cooling surface.
•  Due to By Pass Factor, the exit state of air is a complex mixture of contacted and uncontacted air

• By pass factor represents how much effective the coil is high by pass factor coil implies less effective and vice-versa.

Apparatus Dew point Temperature

•  For dehumidification, the surface temperature of coil should be below the dew point temperature of the air. This surface temperature of coil is ADP. This point on the w – t graph, can be found by joining the initial and final condition of air and joining it to saturation curve which shows ADP. point S in the previous figure is ADP. Driving potential for sensible heat transfer is temperature difference whereas that for latent heat transfer is partial pressure or sp. Humidity difference i.e., (Pv – Ps) or (ω – ωs)

•  If a conditioned space gains heat from atmosphere it requires cooling of air to a lower temperature. This is called cooling load. If conditioned space losses heat to outside it is heating load.
•  Total heating or total cooling load is sum of sensible and latent loads.

Air Washer

• It is a device used in conditioning of air for large spaces. Air is passed through spray of water and following processes can take place depending upon the relative temperature of water droplets and air.

1. Heating and dehumidification (ts > t1)
2. Humidification (ts = t1)
3. Cooling and humidification (t1' < ts < t1)
4. Adiabatic saturation (t1' = ts)
5. Cooling and humidification (td < ts < t1')
6. Cooling (ts = td)
7. Cooling and dehumidification (ts <td)

• Humidifying efficiency of air washer

By pass factor

Summer Air-Conditioning System

m1 – Fresh air inducted in the room
m2 – recirculated air
m– air rejected from the room = m1

Minimum quantity of air to be supplied is

• RSH = Room Sensible Heat
RLH = Room Latent Heat
RTH = Room total heat
•  When ventilation air is used another load, the of bringing a ventilation air from outside condition to inside condition, comes on apparatus. This is called ventilation load.

OASH = Outside air sensible heat
OALH = outside air latent heat

Total sensible TSH = RSH + OASH
Total latent TLH = RLH + OALH
Grand sensible heat factor

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