A heat exchanger, also referred to as a heat transfer product, was designed to allow the transfer of heat from one medium to the next at varying temperatures.
The Basics of Heat Transfer
In most cases, these mediums consist of two fluids that flow in close relation to each other, separated by a material such as metal that contains positive heat transfer properties. Primarily, the temperatures at each entrance of the heat exchanger characterize these fluids. The hot or warm fluid with the higher temperature transfers its heat to the colder fluid as they pass by each other, essentially lowering the temperature of the warm fluid and raising the temperature of the colder fluid.
Principle in Automobiles
The most common automotive heat transfer products in Ohio are similar to a tube and shell cross flow design, often containing multiple tube passes. There is no control volume for the shell; the tubes are typically open to the air and dependent on outside conditions.
After years of testing and experience, automobiles have evolved into functional and complex machines. The working materials and fluids were all chosen for very specific reasons. Most products in heat transfer are made from aluminum for its light weight and thermal conductivity. Additionally, water is often used because of its high heat capacity.
Types of Heat Exchangers
Some types of heat transfer products include but are not limited to intercoolers, oil coolers, and radiators. It is possible to use heat transfer products for any fluids in the vehicle. Heaters and air conditions are also examples, although they are not restricted to vehicles.
Quality heat exchangers are a necessary aspect of every vehicle in addition to keeping you comfortable. For more information on heat transfer products, contact D & B Heat Transfer Products Inc.