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How to Calculate Change in Temperature Relative to Distance from a Heat Source

Just as the title suggests. I have recently conducted model human ear canal using a heated reservoir (water at consistent temperature) with silicone rubber tubing of all known geometric features. Many ...
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Do infrared heaters have a special blackbody radiation specturm?

There are many infrared heaters on the market, that I would put in 3 categories, filament in quartz tube, filament in ceramic, and carbon film (for flat panel heaters). They all claim to be "...
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How to vary, according to a given sinusoidal profile, the water temperature in a tank, independently of the temperature of the environment?

The water tank in Fig. 1, that is placed in a closed space, has a heat source inside (an experimental device) that liberates 20 to 50 kW of heat. However, the water temperature in the tank has to be ...
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For a given a molten metal (say copper), how do you determine the best material for a 3D printer flatbed? What about circuit board?

Suppose we had a 3D printer that can spew molten metal out of a 0.1mm hot nozzle and that we can control the heat at the last 5mm of the Tungsten hot nozzle's tip. I'm wondering then how would you get ...
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What are the advantages of energy metering over volume metering for district heat systems?

This 1992 book suggests that volume metering (ie, simply measuring and charging based the volume of hot water delivered to an end-user) may be superior to energy metering (ie, measuring the actual ...
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Does it make sense to increase the thermal "dead weight" of a wood stove?

It is general practice to put a bucket of water on top of a wood stove to keep air humidity under control during the burning of the stove. But, such a bucket is also bound to keep some more thermal ...
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Layman's thermal storage device

I am a software engineer and have hobbyist understanding about electronics, so this is something completely out of my scope. Just need to understand if my idea of thermal storage is practical at all. ...
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Is this HVAC design incorrect?

Pic for reference - any HVAC pros around? https://imgur.com/e9JfLFO The return duct matches the supply duct width, but the intake drop looks so small in comparison. Do I need to get this fixed with a ...
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Why materials with preferably a negative temperature coefficient for heating elements?

As far as I understood heating elements make use out of Joule heating. Hence, I wonder why one would preferably use materials with a negative temperature coefficient, therefore? Isn't it, that, the ...
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Figuring out power requirements of pool heater elements powered directly by solar panels (panel efficiency & sun,evaporation, insulation, ), etc.)

EDIT 1: firstly, thank you for the comments and the input In this calculations the panels are already involved from the start as being the source (due to other connections to other systems when not ...
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What is the efficiency of direct electric heating versus water heated via electricity?

I am attempting to keep plants warm in a greenhouse. Therefore, I assume that heating the soil should be most efficient, as that's what plants seem to care about the most (i.e. the temperature of the ...
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How to transfer air heat easily?

Assume two buildings, one which generates a lot of air heat inside due to electrical equipment running etc. The buildings are 20-25 meters apart. Some questions: How can one easily transfer heater ...
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Momentary 250 Degree Celsius Air Heating Element

I am a complete novice and need some pointers for designing a heating element that will be installed in an air duct with 60mm diameter, to heat the air passing through it to 250deg C as fast as ...
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Why do heat pumps take more time to heat up a space than resistive heaters?

I was wondering why do heat pumps heat a place so slowly as compared to the resistive heaters? (This thought just came to my mind when upon ironing my shirt the iron became hot quickly which is a ...
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Heating an uninsulated campground building with high ceiling and radiant floor in New England

We have a beautiful dining hall designed for summer camp use, which we want to keep warm enough for group activities in the winter. The chosen heat is radiant floor, hoping to keep temperatures ...
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Is controlling humidity more precise when calculating with relative or absolute humidity?

I have a tubing system where I need to precisely control relative humidity. All my sensors are giving me temperature [°C] and ...
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Does a photon impart energy on a surface (to raise its temp) if it goes THROUGH that surface?

Hi so I have this senior design project involving cooling human skin as it is irradiated by an infrared LED. Human skin not only is super absorbent to IR, but that IR goes THROUGH the thickness of it ...
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Use of Cast Acrylic sheets as glazing in a Flat Plate Collector for domestic water heating

I am designing a FPC for heating water. I was wondering about the feasibility of replacing the usual Low-iron tempered glass with Cast Acrylic sheets [owing to non-availability of the former where Im ...
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Comparing EPA emission limits between wood stoves and wood furnaces

Emission limits set by the EPA were updated in 2020. Currently, "Wood-burning stoves" are allowed 2.5 grams/hour of smoke emission [1]. On the other hand, "Wood-burning forced-air ...
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Kiln design, heating element holders

I intend to build a kiln in my free time over the next few months and am trying to avoid my past mistakes (heated too quickly, the kiln started cracking, the kanthal element melted and it was just ...
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Where water goes in split air conditioner system in "dry" mode?

In split air conditioners, there are two tubes connecting the indoor unit and the outdoor unit. According to the generic schematics I find online (like this one), they are part of the closed circuit ...
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What are the factors I need to over/under estimate cost of heating in a box-like room? [closed]

For economic purposes, I am interested in studying the equilibrium of heat in a typical rectangular room from various sources, such as a classic radiator or vents. If I have a radiator sitting next to ...
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Which uses less energy to heat a room: central steam heat, or a ceramic space heater?

My partner and I are having a friendly debate. We live in a walk-up style apartment building which has a radiator-like unit in the corner, which we believe is connected to some sort of central steam ...
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What temperature could be achieved when nitrogen is used as a refrigerant in the heatpump?

Well we all are familiar that nitrogen is used to achieve low temperature. I was just wondering how can one determine the temprature that could be achieved when phase change of nitrogen is done from ...
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Heat Exchanger Design (Log Mean Temp Difference or Epsilon NTU Method)

I am trying to design two heat exchanger interfaces (shell and tube) that transfers heat to and from an intermediate heat pipe. The picture below gives a general idea of the problem I am trying to ...
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What is the maximum temperature that could be achieved by a heat-pump and will it affect its efficiency?

I did some research and found out that one of the applications of a heat pump is as a water heater which means that it could achieve a temperature of about 100-degree Celsius. Will changing the ...
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Yellow/Purple Flue gas in the stack

I was informed today by one of the on-site operators that they saw the colour of the stack flue gas change from colourless to a yellow/purple gas for a short period (~5mins) before returning back to ...
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Are these oscillations normal in a boiler?

I recently helped upgrade an old (±20years) 4ton boiler (heavy fuel oil) with some monitoring instrumentation. I decided to have a look at the data and I'm not sure if these kind of oscillations are ...
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Determine Heating costs in $/kWh for a specific location

Suppose I wanted to find the average heating price for a specific location in the US, where: heating_price: The price of equivalent unit energy intensity of heating energy source (e.g. natural gas), ...
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Heat loss calculation and Energy Balance

The image shows the CAD model of the annealing zone in a galvanization simulator. The zone is electrically heated with a AC current of 5597A at 2.09V. This whole zone is surrounded by insulating ...
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Simulation of temperature in insulated box

I have a box outside that I want to insulate such that the temperature inside the box doesn't drop below 10°C given outside temperatures of (in the most extreme case - at night) -10°C. Inside the box ...
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Best way to create separate heating zone for basement

I have 2 heating zone in the house: one for the upper floor and one for main and basement. Both zones split from the main duct into their own ducts and use a damper to close/open. Now I want to ...
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Why isn't heat pump used for heating for most case

Heat pump cost 2-4 times lesser of energy to heat than non-heat pump heater, then why are non-heat pump heater still very common ? (1) At home, boiler and water radiator is used. (2) For district ...
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How can Geothermal heat a home using the ~55 degree heat source of underground to a more usual 72 degree inside temperature?

It has bugged me for a while. If the earth is a constant 50-60-odd degrees several tens of feet beneath ground, and houses (I assume; ours at least does) don't drop down to lower than those ...
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Fully saturated liquid and vapour

In terms of fully saturated vapour and liquid for water. Why in a real world heat pump cycle for example may the water not exactly reach these saturation lines as indicated in an ideal cycle?
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Increase in target emission rate (TER) when using a air source heat pump (ASHP) in standard assessment procedure (SAP) calculation

I am running a SAP calculation on a proposed building which will be utilising a 8.5 kW ASHP for space and water heating. I am also running a comparative analysis against a mains gas boiler to show the ...
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Heating tape that has leads like picture below

Does anyone know where I can find Heating tape that has these same leads or know what they are called? It is meant to be plugged into the second picture attatched.
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How to periodically shut down a recirculating hot water solar thermal system

I am posed with a scenario where a hot water solar thermal system has been setup. The system comprises of a cold water tank, heating arrays and then a hot water tank. The system is closed loop and ...
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What is the minimum height of a chimney needed in a camper?

Like a lot of people nowadays, I'm fitting a log fire into the back of a camper van but can't find the minimum height above the roof for the chimney. Ideally, it should be as low as possible for ...
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What should length of copper coil be to heat fluid from Temp A to Temp B?

I'm building a milk pasteuriser. The milk in the cooling tank has a starting temperature of 4°C. It should then be heated to 72°C for 30 sec, then cooled back down again to 4°C as ...
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Alternative to heater cartridge for 10mm deep hole?

In a design for a heated block I am working on I only have the space for a 6mm X 10mm hole for my heating element to be inserted into. Originally I had planned to use a 40W heater cartridge but the ...
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Why does a Gulf Coast campus need an active steam network?

The other day, some restauraunts in the union were closed "due to steam outage." I had seen the venting of course, but had thought little about why the school has a steam system. As best I can find, ...
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Calculation of the stored energy for a heat storage tank

There is a heat storage tank that is directly loaded from the top and the heat is also taken from the top. The colder water from the heating circuit return flow enters the heat storage tank at the ...
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Nickel Chromium Wire for high temperatures

I've been trying for months to find a way to heat moving air inside a tube to high temperatures. The closest to success I ever had was using an element from a heat gun. It would achieve the desired ...
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Question about flow temperature and storage temperature in a cogeneration plant

Let's assume I have a cogeneration plant that produces heat with a nominal output. The heat is given into a heat storage tank, which is filled from above. The maximum flow temperature of the ...
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Calculation of the specific CO2 emission of a cogeneration plant for the produced electricity

Suppose I have a cogeneration plant that runs on natural gas and produces heat and electricity. The heat effeicieny is $\eta_{th} = 0.4$ and the electricity efficiency is $\eta_{el} = 0.4$. The ...
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Does a house heating system affect perceived and true indoor air humidity?

Does a house heating system affect indoor air humidity? Or to be more precise, does it affect your perception of how dry the air in the house feels (for instance dry is your mouth waking up)? (I ...
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Placement of supporting boiler in heating circuit

In my thesis, I deal with heating circuits, where several heat generators are present, e.g. a combined heat and power unit and a supporting boiler. Usually, the boiler is placed in front of the heat ...
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Heat transfer coefficient of a cylindrical hot water storage tank depending on its size

I have a simulation model of a cylindrical hot water storage tank. The heat loss is determined by the surface area and the heat transfer coefficient. A configuration of the storage tank with 900 ...
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Storage losses of a heat storage tank

Suppose I have a heat generator with a connected heat storage tank. If the heat generator remains the same and the heat storage tank is dimensioned larger, the running time of the heat generator ...
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