Battery Storage Facility Cooling System Design

Posted by Will Klick, P.E. on Apr 20, 2021 3:49:59 PM

This is the first in a series of articles about battery power and its adjacent industries and processes.

Today, energy comes from a wide range of sources. The share of that collective power that comes from renewable energy sources continues to grow. In fact, in 2019, it was estimated that just under 20% of electricity generated at utility-scale electricity generation facilities in the United States was from renewable energy sources.[1]

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Topics: Computer & Electronics Cooling, Power Generation, HVAC, Coils, Engineering

Causes and Solutions to Frozen & Ruptured Fluid Coils

Posted by Daren Carlson on Mar 10, 2021 10:59:13 AM

Last month’s deadly cold spell in Texas and other areas of the South led to loss of power, water quality concerns for millions, and tragically, loss of life. Abnormal temperatures pushed all manner of equipment past its breaking point, and HVAC systems were hit hard.

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Topics: HVAC, Coils, Quality

Coils' Roles in Football's Biggest Game

Posted by Super Radiator Coils on Feb 4, 2021 7:02:31 AM

As far as stages go, the big game is one of the biggest out there, and there’s a small army responsible for making sure the game goes off without a hitch. Behind that army of personnel is an even larger assemblage of vehicles, equipment, and other technology that help along the way – one of which is the heat exchanger.

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Topics: Refrigerated Display Case, Food Storage & Processing, Ground Support, Computer & Electronics Cooling, HVAC, Coils, Efficiency, Reliability

Material & Designs Used for Low-Temp Heat Exchangers

Posted by Chris Strickler on Jan 25, 2021 11:19:35 AM

There are a number of industrial processes that require extremely cold temperatures – sometimes as cold as -150°F. For the equipment used in such applications, those low temperatures pose some unique challenges. In this post, we’ll detail some of the temperatures involved and outline some things to consider with regard to heat exchanger design and materials for low-temp applications. 

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Topics: Food Storage & Processing, Coils, Heat Exchangers, Expertise, Reliability, Engineering

Water Quality & Filtration in Liquid-Cooled Data Centers

Posted by Kenny Beach on Jan 12, 2021 9:13:57 AM

Cooling data center IT equipment using air has been the industry standard for as long as there's been a data center industry. However, advances in computing technology have pushed the limits of what air-cooled systems are able to efficiently keep cool, as the amount of power needed to operate those systems increases. 

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Topics: Computer & Electronics Cooling, HVAC, Coils, Expertise, Engineering

4 Kinds of Tube-Side Coil Fouling & How to Prevent Them

Posted by Super Radiator Coils on Dec 9, 2020 9:51:22 AM

When designing a heat exchanger, an engineer should not only consider thermal performance, but also external influences that can negatively impact thermal performance, such as fouling.

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Topics: Power Generation, HVAC, Coils, Nuclear Products, Efficiency, Expertise, Reliability, Engineering

What is a Refrigerant Distributor and What Does it Do?

Posted by Ken Allen on Oct 5, 2020 12:17:44 PM

In a refrigeration circuit, the evaporator coil plays a critical role. Part of its responsibility is creating the controlled pressure drop necessary for the refrigerant to change phase, the bulk of which occurs via the system’s metering device, such as a thermostatic expansion valve (TXV).

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Topics: Refrigerated Display Case, Computer & Electronics Cooling, HVAC, Coils, Efficiency, Expertise, Refrigerants

Ethylene Glycol vs. Propylene Glycol: Differences & Uses

Posted by Will Klick, P.E. on Sep 28, 2020 3:35:57 PM

For low-temperature hydronic systems, systems in which chillers and AHUs are located outdoors, or other equipment used in low-temperature processes, some form of glycol is a critical ingredient. It works to lower the fluid’s freezing temperature, enabling lower-temperature operation and preventing freezing.

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Topics: Food Storage & Processing, Ground Support, Coils, Heat Exchangers, Efficiency, Expertise, Reliability, Engineering

Brazing Defects: Flux Entrapment Overview and Causes

Posted by Super Radiator Coils on Sep 15, 2020 9:01:47 AM

There are terrific braze joints, awful braze joints, and everything in between. Today, we’ll examine one type of defect that can have devastating effects on joint integrity – flux entrapment.

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Topics: Coils, Heat Exchangers, Expertise, Quality

4 Features of Evaporators Used for Vegetable Cold Storage

Posted by Super Radiator Coils on Sep 9, 2020 11:35:08 AM

This article has been updated. It is accurate as of 9/23/20.

Heat exchangers used for different applications need different design features. For example, in industries like pulp and paper, lower fins per inch (FPI) are often included to reduce airside fouling and to make for easier cleaning. Other applications such as the military are often concerned with weight, which impacts material selection. For this post, we're going to focus on some unique design choices we often include when building heat exchangers for the refrigerated storage of potatoes, onions, beets and other vegetables.

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Topics: Food Storage & Processing, Coils, Heat Exchangers, Quality, Reliability

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