The computer code ABSIM has been developed for simulation of absorption systems in a flexible and modular form, making it possible to investigate various cycle configurations with different working fluids. Based on a user-supplied cycle diagram, working fluid specification and given operating conditions, the program calculates the temperature, flowrate, concentration, pressure and vapor fraction at each state point in the system and the heat duty at each component. The modular structure of the code is based on unit subroutines containing the governing equations for the system’s components. A main program calling these subroutines links the components together according to the cycle diagram. The system of equations for the entire cycle is thus established, and a mathematical solver routine is employed to solve them simultaneously. Property subroutines contained in a separate database serve to provide thermodynamic properties of the working fluids.

The paper describes the current capabilities and recent improvements made to ABSIM along with examples of simulation results for several rather complex cycles, including lithium bromide-water double-, triple- and quadruple-effect cycles and ammonia-water GAX, branched GAX and vapor exchange (VX) cycles.

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