Engineering HDR Seminar Series 16, 2011: Enhanced Dehumidification in Heat Pipe-Assisted Air Conditioning System

Mr Gan Jie Sheng, EGT postgraduate student

Date: 2011-12-06
Time: 10:30 to 11:30
Venue: Classroom 9-3-03


The development and the application of heat pipe on air conditioning have been actively researched in many countries due to its enhanced dehumidification and energy saving capability. However, most of the researchers neglected the operating characteristics of the refrigerating machine i.e., vapour compression cycle. Limited research was conducted using R410a as the working fluid in heat pipe heat exchanger. In industrial application point of view, incorporating heat pipe heat exchanger could possibly eliminate reheaters which consume most energy. Thus, it provides further improvement on initial and operating cost saving. Current research focus on thermal performance of a heat pipe assisted air conditioning system. The area of research would be on thermal performance, energy efficiency, effect of inlet face velocities and temperatures, and its effect on vapour compression cycle.

About the Speaker

Mr Gan Jie Sheng received his BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering from Monash University in year 2010. He is currently a postgraduate student in the School of Engineering who commenced his Masters candidature in December 2010. His main field of research is in the area of heat pipe and air conditioning system under the supervision of A/Prof. Ong Kok Seng. His primary research focus is on the studies of heat pipe effectiveness under various condition with aims of investigate the feasibility of heat pipe in air conditioning system as well as developing a theoretical model to enable a range of heat pipe heat exchangers for energy savings in the HVAC field. A conference paper “Effectiveness of an R-134a-filled thermosyphon heat pipe heat exchanger” were published in ASEAN Australian Engineering Congress 2011 as part of the preliminary investigation done.This seminar is arranged to fulfill the Faculty’s requirements for candidature conversion from Masters to PhD.