Research Highlight

Dr. Mariam Itani, a faculty member in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, has recently co-authored an article about “Hybrid Cooling System Integrating PCM-Desiccant Dehumidification and Personal Evaporative Cooling for Hot and Humid Climates”. The article has been published in Journal of Building Engineering, a Q1 journal in this subject area. In this paper, Dr. Itani and her colleagues designed and implemented a feasible hybrid cooling system for office spaces in hot and humid climates by uniquely combining several sustainable cooling, thermal storage, and dehumidification solutions. The proposed system was found to achieve acceptable thermal comfort levels in the space, reducing the total energy cost by 87% compared with a conventional air conditioning unit. The full article can be accessed via the following link: