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RE: Exhaust &
I see by your reply that you are controlling temperature by regulating air flow and not coolant flow. My mistake! This might work. I don't know how you intend to accomplish this but I'd like to make a suggestion anyway. I'd recommend that you use a radiator bypass system and not close off the outflow. An air scoop that has zero flow looks like a flatplate drag wise.
Al Gietzen also jumped my case. What I was referring to was based on my erroneous assumption that there was a coolant thermostat installed that would throttle the coolant flow and unload the pump.
The truth is Dave, what bothers me about your system is you're not going to fly up to Kansas City next Feb. to show me your machine. (Ramp temp. of
Sent: Tuesday, June 30, 1998 3:41 AM
To: Velocity List-Reflector
Subject: RE: Exhaust &
> From: "Laurence W. Coen" <email@example.com>
> There are two factors that I think you should consider in deciding
> what mixture you should use in a liquid cooled system. Protecting
> to 18deg F on the ground could get you into trouble while flying
> trouble while flying. At, say 15,000 ft., the OAT is -30degF. and a
Yes, but. At 50% power, you're still pumping out more than a quarter
million BTU/hr into the cooling system. And the purpose of the
variable outlet is to reduce airflow through the system (And
therefore reduce drag.) so just there's just enough air to remove
the heat generated.
With the standard atmosphere, it's about 5degF at 15,000. So if it's
-30degF, then the ground temp should be around 24degF. That's a
fairly uncommon daytime temperature in my neck of the woods and not
that regularly even at night.
My point about coolant and variable outlets aren't hard and fast
rules, just something to think about when you want to get the last
bit of efficiency possible. Power lost to coolant pumping may not be
enough for the added worry about the viscosity and cold nights, but
the pump does take a fair number of HP. I'd think flow control would
be more important, though I don't have any hard numbers there either.