There’s a reason radiators have been replaced by other heating options. They use a heating system called heat transference where the warmth from hot water is distributed to the air through a medium; in this case the medium is the metal of the radiator. While these radiators may be obsolete, there are still many uses for heat transferors in our world.
Heat Transfer within Waste Management
Municipal heat transfer is unlike radiator heat transfer because energy is moving from one liquid to another, not between liquid and air. Because of this, waste management is a field where heat transfer just can’t be beaten. Especially now with the latest technology in heat transferors, municipal sludge can be digested and recycled in half the time it used to take. To explore this further, let’s use Komax’s Klean-Wall Heat Exchanger as an example.
A major upgrade in municipal heat transfer as demonstrated by Komax is the introduction of mixing elements into the transfer process. Sludge and liquid on either side of the medium are being churned constantly. As the liquid touching the boundary is always changing, there is no heating discrepancy within the contents of the tube.
This mixing process also greatly improves bacteriological activity. The increase means contents will be digested quicker and their heat can be captured quicker as well, up to 150% faster in fact! This incredible efficiency means great conservation leaps forward in the realm of municipal waste management.
An added benefit of this marriage between mixing and heat transference means all parts will need less cleaning. As the contents are constantly cycling and hitting the transfer wall it will reduce the buildup of sludge.
While radiators might be a dying lineage of heat transfer, the species still lives on swimmingly within the realm of waste digestion. Though it may not be a glamorous place, it is a very important one.