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What is a free cooling dry cooler?

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What is a free cooling dry cooler?

A free cooling dry cooler, also known as an air-cooled heat exchanger or air-cooled condenser, is a device used to remove heat from a process or system using ambient air as the cooling medium. It operates without the need for additional refrigeration equipment or water.

The basic principle of a free cooling dry cooler involves using a finned tube heat exchanger and a fan to transfer heat from the process or system to the surrounding air. The process fluid, such as water or a refrigerant, flows through the tubes, while the ambient air is forced over the finned tubes by the fan. Heat is transferred from the process fluid to the air, which carries it away, cooling the fluid in the process.

The advantage of a free cooling dry cooler is that it eliminates the need for a separate refrigeration system or water supply, making it a cost-effective and energy-efficient cooling solution. It is commonly used in applications such as data centers, industrial processes, and HVAC systems, where the process fluid or system needs to be cooled without using additional resources.

It's worth noting that the effectiveness of a free cooling dry cooler depends on the temperature difference between the process fluid and the ambient air, as well as the airflow and design of the heat exchanger. In certain climates or conditions, supplemental cooling may be required during peak demand or when the ambient air temperature is too high for effective cooling.

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