One of the most important of your engine's longevity is the temperature of which any fluid operates at.
Fluids in this case: Air, Coolant/water, Oil.
Engines are designed and engineered to operate within an "operating range", sounds silly? I'd say very self explanatory ;)
How does a radiator work? Automobile radiators are constructed of a pair of header tanks, linked by a core with many narrow passageways, giving a high surface area relative to volume. This core is usually made of stacked layers of metal sheet, pressed to form channels and soldered or brazed together. For many years radiators were made from brass or copper cores soldered to brass headers. Modern radiators have aluminum cores, and often save money and weight by using plastic headers. This construction is more prone to failure and less easily repaired than traditional materials.
The engine temperature on modern cars is primarily controlled by a wax-pellet type of thermostat, a valve which opens once the engine has reached its optimum operating temperature.
When the engine is cold, the thermostat is closed except for a small bypass flow so that the thermostat experiences changes to the coolant temperature as the engine warms up. Engine coolant is directed by the thermostat to the inlet of the circulating pump and is returned directly to the engine, bypassing the radiator. Directing water to circulate only through the engine allows the engine to reach optimum operating temperature as quickly as possible whilst avoiding localised "hot spots." Once the coolant reaches the thermostat's activation temperature, it opens, allowing water to flow through the radiator to prevent the temperature rising higher.
Why is this important? It is VITAL that we aid the engine to operate in its most efficient state as it allows us to give it all the tools and conditions to be as reliable and powerful as the design allows. Efficient + Effective = WIN!
This takes us down the rabbit hole of how can we get the fluids to operate within our desired range, not TOO cold and not TOO hot. Sounds like a pain in the ass and it is, simple proof of why appropriate engineering is critical.
For example: Too big of a cooling core and we start to see loss of fluid pressure and perhaps too cold of a temperature for the fluid to operate at the best possible state. Vice versa for too small of a cooling core, even though pressure might be appropriate, the fluid can be running too hot.
Now that we can build on the same foundation, here's some of the products we're working to bring you!
Each cooling core is built-to-order and will be sized per application.
Welding work: Matthew Beaumont
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