In this study, an alternative absorber design suitable for the plate-and-frame absorber configuration is introduced. The design utilizes a fin structure installed on a vertical flat plate to produce a uniform solution film and minimize its thickness and to continuously interrupt the boundary layer. Using numerical models supported by experiments employing dye visualization, the suitable fin spacing and size and wettability are determined. The solution flow thickness is measured using the laser confocal displacement measurement technique. The new surface structure is tested in an experimental absorption system. An absorption rate as high as 6×10−3 kg/m2s at a driving pressure potential of 700 Pa is achieved, which is considerably high in comparison with conventional absorption systems. The effect of water vapor pressure, solution flow rate, solution inlet concentration, cooling water inlet temperature and solution inlet temperature on the absorption rate is also investigated. The proposed design provides a potential framework for development of highly compact absorption refrigeration systems.

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