Airside Fouling in Heat Exchangers: Causes and Solutions

Posted by Louis Rogerson on Jul 13, 2020 6:02:25 PM

Fin tube heat exchangers are subject to fouling, which takes place as long as there is an airflow or waterflow in the unit. Defined as thermal resistance due to the accumulation of contaminants on heat transfer surfaces, fouling negatively affects heat exchanger efficiency, longevity, and increases system operating costs.

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Topics: Ground Support, Computer & Electronics Cooling, HVAC, Coils, Efficiency, Turbine Inlet Air Cooling and Heating

R-410A vs R-407C in high-ambient environments: how are they different?

Posted by Ken Allen on Jun 19, 2020 9:49:05 AM

There are dozens of commercially available refrigerant options on the market today, including numerous refrigerant blends, which aim to replicate the effectiveness of former workhorses like R22, the production of which was made illegal as of January of this year. Two popular examples of refrigerants developed in the last 30 years or so that are used in the HVAC industry are R-410A and R-407C. These two refrigerants are often used for similar applications, but they have some marked differences that should be understood and considered when deciding between them.

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Topics: HVAC, Coils, Efficiency, Expertise, Refrigerants

What is the latent load in a cooling system and why does it matter?

Posted by Louis Rogerson on Jun 19, 2020 9:35:51 AM

Systems designed to cool air, whether for HVAC, industrial facilities, or manufacturing operations all have to address it. Failure to address it can lead to botched processes, reduced production, ruined equipment or uncomfortable building occupants. It can be expressed in percentage, lb./lb., wet bulb temperature, or other metrics. The silent “it” is humidity. Put simply, humidity is a measure of the amount of water vapor in the air, and while overlooking this simple measure can be costly, it can also be readily addressed during system design.

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Topics: Coils, Efficiency, Expertise, Engineering

Flexible OEM scheduling from SRC: what you need, when you need it

Posted by Super Radiator Coils on Jun 17, 2020 2:22:25 PM

We serve a diverse customer base at Super Radiator, one segment of which are what’s known as original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). Though we classify them together, OEMs and their respective industries all operate differently. Some customers are recurring business – they need coils every week consistently over a given timeframe – we’ve seen this with commercial HVAC or datacenter OEMs. Other customers need us to supply coils for projects that may arise infrequently over a period of years, which describes industries like transit cooling.

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Topics: Refrigerated Display Case, Ground Support, Computer & Electronics Cooling, HVAC, Coils, Efficiency

Fin enhancements for plate fin heat exchangers: purposes and tradeoffs

Posted by Super Radiator Coils on Jun 8, 2020 11:11:15 AM

In plate fin heat exchangers, the fins themselves play a critical role. They provide the extended surface area needed to achieve effective heat transfer between a gas on the finside and a fluid on the tubeside.

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Topics: Gas Compression, Refrigerated Display Case, Food Storage & Processing, Ground Support, Computer & Electronics Cooling, Power Generation, HVAC, Coils, Efficiency, Engineering

Plate fin vs. spiral fin heat exchangers: what’s the difference?

Posted by Super Radiator Coils on Jun 8, 2020 10:20:58 AM

It was long thought that a spiral fin design was the only option for use in environments that demanded heavy materials, long life span, and overall sturdiness. Plate fin coils were thought to be too fragile for the rigors of many industrial applications. But over the last few decades, it's become more common to see plate fin style heat exchangers used for a bevy in industrial applications. 

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Topics: Coils, Heat Exchangers, Reliability

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