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Store the latent heat released from the compressor in the compression tank
For compressed gas containers (gas cylinder, canister or
gas tank) - instead of loosing heat in the compression
noting that a four stage air compressor is typically less
than 10% efficient because of this heat loss...
why not have the process all happen INSIDE an insulated
The heat given off during compression, will be "lost" inside
the tank, so that the heat energy is added to the
compressed air or gas inside the tank.
I never did understand why people talk about using that
latent heat to warm a body of water. Why not insert the
gas tank into the heated water and insulate the whole
As used in...
[FlyingToaster, Mar 22 2011]
||What you can do is put water in the tank as heat ballast. The water soaks up and retains all the heat, leaving you to deal with thermal leakage through the tank walls at say200degC instead of say2,000degC.
|| of course having now actually read your post, I wonder why too I didn't think of putting the tanks one inside the other instead of putting raw water in with the compressed air.
||If you don't let the heat "leak" that is generated during the compression, It is much more difficult to compress the gas; It will take many times more force to do the same task of compression. ( see : Boyle's law)
||Why? The compresser is more efficient if the air is compressed with the lowest possible increase in temperature
||Surely if the goal is to get the largest quantity of air into the smallest volume, the best way to go about it is to actively cool and liquefy the gas.
||Because, depending on what the air is used for, it
will cool and lose pressure in the lines, cool and
deposit water in the lines, or cause heat damage to
the equipment being used.
||Right, but there could be a delay between the
compress time and exposure of heat to the
compressed gas. (e.g. Flying toaster's idea) or in a
better controlled way: by using a coolant that is at
first in an insulated location, but then reaches the
tank to release heat.