Evaluation of Governing Heat and Mass Transfer Resistances in Membrane Based Energy Recovery Ventilators with Internal Support Structures Public Deposited

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  • Energy recovery ventilators (ERVs) are an effective way to reduce energy consumption in buildings while satisfying ventilation standards. As membrane technology and manufacturing methods improve, membrane based ERVs are seeing increased market penetration. In the present study, the feasibility of membrane ERV designed to fit in a commercial building wall cavity is investigated. A heat and mass transfer resistance and pressure drop model is developed for a low aspect ratio (width/height) exchanger and is used to evaluate the sensible and latent effectiveness of a counter-flow ERV with internal support structures. The performance of strip-fin and pin-fin structures are compared and dominant heat and mass transfer resistances are investigated. It is shown that for all cases the sensible heat transfer is dominated by the convective resistance while the dominant mass transfer resistance shifted to the membrane at smaller hydraulic diameters. The results suggest that as membrane technology improves, enhancements to the air-side heat and mass transfer coefficients will be required to continue to realize performance gains.
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