Measurement Uncertainty of Adsorption Testing of Desiccant Materials

Research output: NRELTechnical Report


The technique of measurement uncertainty analysis as described in the current ANSI/ASME standard is applied to the testing of desiccant materials in SERI's Sorption Test Facility. This paper estimates the elemental precision and systematic errors in these tests and propagates them separately to obtain the resulting uncertainty of the test parameters, including relative humidity (+/-.03) andsorption capacity (+/-.002 g/g). Errors generated by instrument calibration, data acquisition, and data reduction are considered. Measurement parameters that would improve the uncertainty of the results are identified. Using the uncertainty in the moisture capacity of a desiccant, the design engineer can estimate the uncertainty in performance of a dehumidifier for desiccant cooling systems withconfidence.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages9
StatePublished - 1988

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/TP-254-3454


  • dehumidifiers
  • desiccant cooling
  • measurement uncertainty
  • sorption isotherm


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