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Vortex Tube expansion Answered

So, i'd like to take the idea of a vortex tube and make it larger.  much much larger.  If i were to use a 3-4 inch pipe, how long would it have to be, and would i be able to supply it with a high power blower (centrifugal), or would i have to find some way to provide 80-120psi at a huge volume?

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steveastrouk (author)2012-08-17

There are multitudes of websites from makers and universities full of the maths for vortex tube design. I suggest you go and plug in some numbers. The gas consumption for a tube like the one you contemplate looks like it would need a jet engine to feed it......

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kretzlord (author)steveastrouk2012-08-17

*looks around workplace* well there are a few here lol (seriously, at the airport). thank you for the quick response. the jet engine comparison makes me feel my idea isn't quite achievable with my available resources.... but i still have to try, right? If i get this behemoth built, i'll post it up!

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rickharris (author)kretzlord2012-08-17

Can you say why you wanat bigger perhaps it isn't the best way

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kretzlord (author)rickharris2012-08-17

the only reason for the size is i was considering its use for large scale air cooling/heating. I know the btu efficiency of a vortex tube is terrible, so i'm really just looking to re-invent the wheel i suppose

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rickharris (author)kretzlord2012-08-18

You have got it in one - There is a reason why this isn't done. You may be about to find out why.

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