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The purpose of this paper is to familiarize the mainstream HVAC and facility management community with the technical concepts and emerging role of desiccant dehumidification alternatives and various hybrids thereof. The methodology employed to present this information begins with a discussion of basic physical properties. This is followed by a discussion of typical applications where desiccant dehumidification technologies can be effectively utilized. The paper continues with a discussion of why desiccants aren't used more often and what can be done to increase the mainstream awareness of these technologies. Then, the paper concludes with a discussion of how desiccant dehumidification potential is physically determined.
Krebs, M. E. (1990). Fundamental Desiccants. Energy Systems Laboratory (http://esl.tamu.edu); Texas A&M University (http://www.tamu.edu). Available electronically from