Vehicle: Car: Climate: Cooling
Car instant cooler   (+6, -8)  [vote for, against]
Dumps evaporating N2 into cabin to instantly cool a hot car.

-sorry folks, some error lost my post, will adlib-

Hot-damn! Summer is really coming on here, and I for one am sick of getting into a hot car, and having to wait 5 minutes until the aircon had had a chance to cool it down. One option would be to have a larger, more powerful air conditioner, but that smacks of inefficiency, as it would rarely be running at capacity.

Instead, have a tank of liquid N2, coupled to a small high pressure compressor that trickle refills the tank while the car is running. When you get in the car and turn on the aircon, and the climate control detects that the temperature is high enough (and you’ve disabled the interlock, of course), WHOOOSH. The windows go down a smidgeon, and N2 is dumped into the cabin. As it changes phase, the N2 cools everything down. As soon as the fog clears, drive away, cool and comfortable.

{I’m quite sure one could calibrate the system to not freeze the occupants. It’s as simple as metering the liquid N2 through several outlets dispersed about the cabin, with special nozzles to maximise the cooling effect. Ultimately, you probably don't need a great capacity of N2, either.}
-- Custardguts, Oct 20 2006

Liquid Air
For 21 Quest. Aw, dang, don't you just hate it when you're wrong? [DrCurry, Oct 22 2006]

Air Exchanger Air_20exchanger
Why liquefy? [Aq_Bi, Oct 22 2006]

You realize that you will then suffocate? Unless you use liquid air, as opposed to liquid nitrogen, this falls into the realms of Very Bad Technology.
-- DrCurry, Oct 20 2006

How cold do you need your car to be?
-- Chefboyrbored, Oct 20 2006

The open windows will simply make it easier for the piped nitrogen to push out the breathable air. Objection remains.

(If you doubt, go search for the stories of entire villages being wiped out by puddles of carbon dioxide. In those cases, being in the open air was not protection enough.)
-- DrCurry, Oct 20 2006

what about liquid air then?
-- supershnitzel, Oct 20 2006

Also, much of the interior of the car is made from good insulators. If these have had an hour of being parked in the hot sun to heat up, being exposed to very cold vapourising nitrogen for a few seconds won't cool them down. So you'll get in your car, sit on the hot velour seat, burn your hands on the hot plastic steering wheel, and then your hand will freeze to the ice-cold metal handbrake lever.
-- hippo, Oct 20 2006

In addition to the suffocation problem:

- your small compressor has to produces about 800.000 psi.

- a tank under high pressure is dangerous

- probably less efficient then an oversized a/c.

-- jmvw, Oct 20 2006

Use CO2 - make it snow.
-- Shz, Oct 21 2006

21Q: ahem, see link. By your reasoning, we couldn't mix margaritas (since alcohol and water have different boiling points).
-- DrCurry, Oct 22 2006

Could you inject liquid nitrous oxide instead? haha.
-- sninctown, Jun 30 2008

if you insist on using LN2 then don't run it directly through the passenger compartment; run it through holes/pipes in the frame and cool that and use it to cool outside air coming in. (Don't blow it through the defrost or you'll be replacing your windshield.
-- FlyingToaster, Jun 30 2008

Bun for anything that cools the car down immediately.
-- nomocrow, Jun 30 2008

// I for one am sick of ... having to wait 5 minutes //

Let us all join you in your courageous fight against momentary discomfort.
-- ryokan, Jul 01 2008

I see the heat as built in damnation for using cars at all. So, avoiding this necessary evil feels a bit foolish. That being said, it's never stopped us before. [+]

Also, you know [Curry et al.], Air is 79% nitrogen. What makes you think having a dash of the pure stuff is going to lead to all this drastic suffocation? CO2 pools because it's heavier than air. N2 will quickly diffuse any air that's presented, especially if there's a large temperature differential. Please don't make me open up my old fluid dynamics texts to get relative diffusivities of N2 and CO2 with air... I'll do it!
-- daseva, Jul 01 2008

Let me step in just to point out that [DC]'s link doesn't actually tell us that N2 and O2 will evaporate at the same temperature, only that their liquid states can be mixed. What will happen is that the O2 will boil off first, giving you a headache and dry throat, then the N2 will boil off. Whether there will still be enough O2 around to keep you alive is left as an exercise for the reader.
-- Worldgineer, Jul 02 2008

Not if you were using an aerosol nozzle. There would be no distinguishable O2 first, then N2 procession - you aerosol a mix of liquid N2 and O@ and it'll all flash off at the same time.
-- Custardguts, Jul 02 2008

//O2 will boil off first// Other way around, Shirley?
-- spidermother, Jul 02 2008

True enough [custard]. [spider] Yes.
-- Worldgineer, Jul 02 2008

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