Engineering HDR Seminar Series 10, 2013: Theoretical Model of Heat Pipe Heat Exchanger for Air Conditioning System

Mr Gan Jie Sheng, postgraduate (Mechanical Engineering)

Date: 2013-02-28
Time: 11:00 to 12:00
Venue: Engineering Meeting Room 1, 5-4-22


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 the 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 (HPAC) and developing a numerical model to simulate the HPAC system. The area of research would be on thermal performance, energy efficiency, theoretical model, 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 Ph.D candidature in December 2010. His main field of research is in heat pipe and air conditioning system under the supervision of Associate Professor 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. This seminar is arranged to fulfill the Faculty’s requirements for Mid-candidature review.