Three Things You Didn’t Know About Heat Exchangers

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Young MOC-8 heat exchanger

Our Young MOC-8 heat exchangers help maintain oil pressure, avoid air flow resistance, and keep your machines running at peak performance better than any others in the industry.

But beyond industrial machinery, heat exchangers play several vital roles in shaping our modern world, from industry to nature to our own, fragile bodies.

Here are three facts you might now know:

1. They’re used all over the place

Anything that needs highly optimized cooling and heating, really, as heat exchangers can reduce heat loss and redirect it to other purposes. Various types of heat exchangers are used in industrial sectors like power plants, petroleum refineries, and chemical plants. They keep jet fuel from freezing at high altitudes. They make up an important part of the wine production process. And they help keep waste water treatment plants operating at optimal temperatures, fostering the growth of microbes that remove pollutants from the water.

2. A similar system can be found in… birds, fish, and whales

Basically, arteries carrying warm blood to the skin get crossed and exchange heat with veins carrying cold blood away. The result is basically a “countercurrent” heat exchanger that reduces overall heat loss in cold waters—for baleen whales when the swallow enormous amounts of water to catch their evening krill, for storks, flamingos, and other wading birds when they stand in cool water, and for fish while breathing underwater.

No word yet if anybody has modeled an industrial machine after a blue whale.

3. We couldn’t live without them

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Similarly, human bodies perform heat exchanger functions in two ways: Thanks to their large surface area, the lungs help moderate and optimize the hot or cold air we breathe in, before the oxygen is passed on into the blood stream.

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