Building a portable AC for my car

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Will probably work better that way, if you can keep the cover on the cooler when it is pressurized. The important fan characteristics are CFM vs Back Pressure, usually shown as a graph on their data sheet. You can measure the pressure difference of your present setup with a homemade water differential pressure gauge like this one. Made of clear plastic tubing with water in it. Stick one end in your Cooler box and the other end exposed to free air. It's convenient beacuse fan back pressure is measured in inches of water.

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What part of the world are you in?
Does weather lady tell you the dewpoint?
Air cools easily down to the dewpoint but to get below that you have to remove the water vapor, which is steam.
Condensing steam takes roughly 1000 BTU's per pound compared to air's 0.24 BTU's per pound per degree.
Melting ice takes 144 BTU per pound.
So to condense a pint of water vapor out of humid air melts ##\frac{1000}{144}## = ~7 pints of ice.
That's why car airconditioners are so big. Where i live they leave a puddle of water in the parking lot.

Do you have any leaks in your car that soak the carpet ?
 
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What part of the world are you in?
Does weather lady tell you the dewpoint?
Air cools easily down to the dewpoint but to get below that you have to remove the water vapor, which is steam.
Condensing steam takes roughly 1000 BTU's per pound compared to air's 0.24 BTU's per pound per degree.
Melting ice takes 144 BTU per pound.
So to condense a pint of water vapor out of humid air melts ##\frac{1000}{144}## = ~7 pints of ice.
That's why car airconditioners are so big. Where i live they leave a puddle of water in the parking lot.

Do you have any leaks in your car that soak the carpet ?
I live in Toronto, Canada. So yeah weather probably does state dewpoint most likely. Humidity RH was 36% in the car. And no zero leaks
 
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Humidity RH was 36% in the car.
Toronto ! wow...

I typed 95 F and 36% into this
http://andrew.rsmas.miami.edu/bmcnoldy/Humidity.html
and got dewpoint 64 degF
The air coming out of your radiator probably will only creep below that as the car dehydrates . Fortunately you're not having to dry outside air.

Fun project, keep us posted ?
 
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I have one of these things, and I'm pleased with the cooling I get on very hot days. I point it right at my face, or the back of my neck.

$8.99 retail. You should be able to convert it to the car's 12 VDC easily, both fan and squirter. One per passenger.
 
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I have one of these things, and I'm pleased with the cooling I get on very hot days. I point it right at my face, or the back of my neck.

$8.99 retail. You should be able to convert it to the car's 12 VDC easily, both fan and squirter. One per passenger.
I tried this. My car fan on full blast and a sprayer squirter right in front of the vents with cold ice water. It def works but my shirt and face get soaked lol
 
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I have a feeling the fans are not pushing enough air past the radiator to extract the negative heat from the ice water.
There will be a hard limit to the rate at which you can get heat into the surface of the iced water if you are just interfacing at the top. You need a good heat exchanger with a big surface area (like the real thing has) and good circulation of water around the melting ice. Have you measured the temperature on the surface of the (stationary?) water in the cooler? If it is not higher than 0°C then you can conclude that not much heat is being transferred in the way you wanted.

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I have one of these things, and I'm pleased with the cooling I get on very hot days. I point it right at my face, or the back of my neck.

$8.99 retail. You should be able to convert it to the car's 12 VDC easily, both fan and squirter. One per passenger.
Looks like the same principle as a Swamp Cooler but very localised.
 
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There will be a hard limit to the rate at which you can get heat into the surface of the iced water if you are just interfacing at the top. You need a good heat exchanger with a big surface area (like the real thing has) and good circulation of water around the melting ice. Have you measured the temperature on the surface of the (stationary?) water in the cooler? If it is not higher than 0°C then you can conclude that not much heat is being transferred in the way you wanted.


Looks like the same principle as a Swamp Cooler but very localised.
Measured the temp of the water after its been running right? I haven't yet.

Update*** did another test today with 12lbs of ice...little change :( surface of water was roughly 6C
 
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Measured the temp of the water after its been running right? I haven't yet.

Update*** did another test today with 12lbs of ice...little change :( surface of water was roughly 6C
???

How did you measure that?
From what I can tell, our systems are nearly identical. (by a factor of 2, for each variable. Which, in the context of this experiment, makes them nearly identical. :oldtongue:)

From my July 6 experiment, I was pumping 3 gallons per minute, from a reservoir of 3 gallons. I seriously doubt there was a measurable temperature differential, anywhere in the cooler. (Though, I dumped my ice out of it's bag, into the cooler, and you seem to have complicated things)
I also measured a differential air temperature of 6.5°F, into and out of the radiator.
Given the mass flow rates:
water: 0.194 kg/sec
air: 0.0185 kg/sec​
I would recommend figuring out the change in temperature of the water through the radiator.

ps. I would share more of my data, thoughts, and discoveries, but I'm already 3 hours late for an appointment. :devil:
 
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How did you measure that?
From what I can tell, our systems are nearly identical. (by a factor of 2, for each variable. Which, in the context of this experiment, makes them nearly identical. :oldtongue:)

From my July 6 experiment, I was pumping 3 gallons per minute, from a reservoir of 3 gallons. I seriously doubt there was a measurable temperature differential, anywhere in the cooler. (Though, I dumped my ice out of it's bag, into the cooler, and you seem to have complicated things)
I also measured a differential air temperature of 6.5°F, into and out of the radiator.
Given the mass flow rates:
water: 0.194 kg/sec
air: 0.0185 kg/sec​
I would recommend figuring out the change in temperature of the water through the radiator.

ps. I would share more of my data, thoughts, and discoveries, but I'm already 3 hours late for an appointment. :devil:
I measured temp using an infrared heat gun. Shoots a laser....I've basically concluded this little experiment is a bust. It was fun, $120 sort of wasted (I can use parts for other things) but otherwise this AC cooler is not effective at all. Guess just have to deal with the heat or either pump that water through a vest....which is tempting
 
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I tried this. My car fan on full blast and a sprayer squirter right in front of the vents with cold ice water. It def works but my shirt and face get soaked lol
Using the hand-held one, I squirt only when feeling hot and dry. Don't squirt again until the previous water has evaporated. In other words, squirting water must be manually controlled by the person depending on what he feels on his skin.

Here's similar idea that's very easy to manage and that has become popular in recent years because the towels are marketed in garden stores. Wet it, wrap around your neck, then don't wet again until dry.
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I tend to favor KISS principle solutions. Most of the things discussed on this thread are far from KISS.
 
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I measured temp using an infrared heat gun. Shoots a laser....I've basically concluded this little experiment is a bust. It was fun, $120 sort of wasted (I can use parts for other things) but otherwise this AC cooler is not effective at all. Guess just have to deal with the heat or either pump that water through a vest....which is tempting
I disagree, that the experiment is "a bust".
It only becomes a bust, when the theory is disproven.
You've shared WAY too little data to prove the theory is wrong.

You may not be back, to continue the experiment, but I will.....

Lukedafuse; "I'm not afraid to do this experiment!"
Yomda; "You will be...."
Lukedafuse; "The experiment failed! Ahhhhhh!"
Yomda; "That's because, you do no understand the power of the f=ma equation, and have not even delved into the m.dot Q delta.t equations yet......."​
 
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I disagree, that the experiment is "a bust".
It only becomes a bust, when the theory is disproven.
You've shared WAY too little data to prove the theory is wrong.

You may not be back, to continue the experiment, but I will.....

Lukedafuse; "I'm not afraid to do this experiment!"
Yomda; "You will be...."
Lukedafuse; "The experiment failed! Ahhhhhh!"
Yomda; "That's because, you do no understand the power of the f=ma equation, and have not even delved into the m.dot Q delta.t equations yet......."​
I don't know what other data to provide. Even without doing quantitative data analysis it's pretty simple to tell "omg. It's ******* hot!!!!" ...and then proceed to roll all windows down and get a blast of fresh cool air lol. All jokes aside...I already know my bottleneck. My heat exchanger is way to small and fans are not powerful enough (also need more of them). If I could get a heat exchanger to cover the entire lid of the cooler with maybe 9 fans running then yes it would probably make 20-30f difference instead of only 5-10f difference. However, heat exchangers are expensive and I don't plan on spending any more on the project other than maybe using an old life jacket and running water lines through it to cool me
 

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