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Cooler air with colder water?

  1. May 28, 2008 #1
    If a cooling element in an air unit was designed for water temperatures of 7C in and 12C out, how much "better" will it become if it recieves water at 2C ? Let's say the return is then 7C, will the effect then be the same since the delta T is the same as it was with 7/12 ? It just seems so logical to me that bringing colder water in will result in cooler air...
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  3. May 28, 2008 #2


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    Correct, although you won't get quite 5C colder air, the greater water-air temperature difference will cause more heat to flow but it will also increase the effects of anny thermal resistance.
  4. May 28, 2008 #3


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    This is called improving your "approach temperature". A bigger approach temperature will improve heat transfer and therefore you will pull more energy out of the air. So the delta T will go from, say, 5 C to 6C and you'll get perhaps 8 C return water. Of course, the approach temperature of the chiller that is making that water gets worse when you do that...
  5. May 29, 2008 #4
    Thx guys, just one more thing; if this will indeed make the air cooler, how can I calculate the total effect in Watts?
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