2 Reasons why Heat Exchangers Work in Hazardous Conditions

For most general operating conditions, heat exchangers have long been an obvious solution to providing efficient and eco-friendly electrical thermal management. However, for conditions that are more demanding and require an equal balance of high performance and optimal safety, heat exchangers don’t always seem like the most fitting solution. Nevertheless, many types of heat exchangers are now produced specifically for use in such conditions. They combine the advanced thermal management concepts of modern heat exchangers with the high-quality safety and ingress protection standards required to maintain optimal safety in hazardous conditions.

A Closed Loop that Prevents Ingress

Heat exchangers come in many shapes and sizes, but all of them are designed to prevent overheating in similar ways. Essentially, a heat exchanger utilizes an appropriate cooling fluid (such as water) to transfer electrical waste heat before it has a chance to accumulate. In many cases, this can be consistently accomplished within a closed loop, meaning the fluid absorbs the heat, transfers it to be dissipated away from electrical components, and then circulates back to continue the cycle. Because the entire process can be contained, the closed-loop construction of many heat exchangers helps make them ideal for operating in conditions where there are several volatile elements in the environment.

Heat Transfer that’s Nearly Automated

In addition to being easily contained, the processes that heat exchangers utilize to transfer heat are also automated to a certain degree. For example, transferring heat within a heat exchanger relies on natural occurrences, such as convection and phase-change cooling. These processes require less energy than traditional measures like air conditioning, and because they are simplified, they can go on continuously with minimal interaction or need for repair.

For more information about why heat exchangers work wonders in hazardous locations, call Noren Thermal Solutions in Taylor, TX, at 866-936-6736.