A simple algebraic model of wave motion arising in the adiabatic fixed-desiccant bed dehumidification of an air stream is applied to the prediction of the performance potential of a desiccant air conditioning system. The model is used to explain the increase in cooling system performance that has been realized through the use of mixed inert-desiccant material adsorption beds. The response of cooling system performance to changes in external process conditions is examined and conclusions are drawn relative to optimization of system characteristics.

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