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Vortex tube: effect of cooling

  1. Aug 29, 2008 #1
    To any one familiar with the Ranque-Hilsch vortex tube:

    Say if the cooled air is allowed to pass over the vortex section of this tube, what would happen?

    Would the effect of cooling be the destruction of the vortex? or would it act to further decrease the temperature of the cold exhaust?
  2. jcsd
  3. Aug 29, 2008 #2
    My engineering sense tells me that it would just aid in cooling. However, I don't know how vortex tubes actually work nor have I seen a sound theory that can explain them. They are very mysterious devices.

    BTW, welcome to the forum.
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