Pressure drop across the system

The pressure drop across the system was compared for the regeneration cycle against the cooling cycle occurs after the first two hours and the last hour of the 3hr cycle respectively. During the regeneration of Bed A, the proportionating valve is closed and the compressed air is heated before it is passes through the adsorption bed. The pressure drop across the bed and heater is 61kPa. During the last hour, the three way valve, V1 is switched and the heater is bypassed via V1. Assuming, the inlet pressure does not change, the pressure of air that bypasses the heater to the bed will also be the same. Thus, the pressure drop during the cooling cycle will be 62kPa. This similarly occurs when Bed B is regenerating while Bed A is loading. This means the pressure drop across the heater is negligible. If there was a significant pressure drop, it means the heater would probably be fouled and as such there would be less heat transfer. This inevitably would reduce the temperature of air used in regeneration and inefficiency of the bed. However, since the pressure drop is negligible, the heater is not considered an issue and other equipment can be investigated further. Table 1: Regeneration and Cooling Cycle of Bed B Regen of B (Loading of bed A) Cooling cycle

=680-619= 61kPa

=680-619= 61kPa

Regen of A (Loading of bed B)

Cooling cycle

=735-612= 123kPa

=735-612= 123kPa

However, when the proportionating valve is open and moist air passes through Bed A, the pressure drop across the system is 34kPa (646-612). At the same condition but through Bed B, the pressure drop across the system is 61 kPa (673-612). This means that there is a significant pressure drop across the cooler, separator and Bed B. The breakthrough behaviour would be considered to accurately determine which of the equipment could be faulty.