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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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Thermal oil in Boiler not reaching desired temperature

The thermal oil Feroline U in Boiler is not gaining the desired temp of 240 Degrees. We have physically measured the temp using digital thermometer at a distance of 20 cm where the boiler temp sensor ...
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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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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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What is the most common control method in Underfloor heating?

I am trying to research the common methods on an underfloor heating system that are available in the market. I know there are usually, On/Off control to control the flow of water into the pipe ...
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Calculating geothermal heat pump

So I need to calculate how big geothermal heat pumps I need for a building. Heat pump is used for heating and to heat used water. If I know how many kW's are needed for heating the building and 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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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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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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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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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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Drilling PCB 3d printer bed

I need a heated surface for a project and was thinking of using one of these PCB heater beds. But I'd need to drill a few holes in it - can I do this without stopping it working? Thanks
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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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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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Heating hot air within a 2 inch tube

Background So I am working on a project to where I am trying to heat up air within a 2 inch tube, with high air flow. I am using 2 inch tri clamp stainless steel tubes where I basically have a fan ...
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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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How to connect to heating networks both with sources and consumers into one network?

We need to connect two distinct heating networks on a wastewater treatment plant into one. So far I've only seen heating networks with one central heat source or one central manifold that all heat ...
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Steam cycle for a boiler / radiator system vs Rankine cycle

Everything I've read on the Rankine cycle indicates that the feedwater pump is necessary for the cycle to work. However the steam cycle used in traditional household boiler / radiator systems seems to ...
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best refractory cement for embedded heating element furnace

first post I designed a 2000 watts 1000 degrees Celsius furnace with following chamber size: 11 cm length, 12 cm width and 15 cm depth. The refractory that I use is 1880 C high temp tabular alumina ...
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Are there any books which show how to design electrical coil heat exchangers?

I need to design an electrically powered gas heater, but i need to do so in detail. I'm looking for a guide similar to the shell and tube heat exchanger design guide in coulson and richardson's ...
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Search for comprehensive term for plants with heat generation with heat storage and operating states

My master thesis deals with systems with several operating states that generate heat and store it in a heat storage. Thereby I analyze combined heat and power plants with combustion engines, but also ...
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How to build multiple large scale fish tanks with water at different temperatures

I am wondering at a high level what are the material components that might be used in building several large scale fish tanks that are temperature regulated like on a fishing farm. For example, what ...
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Designing for a specific flowrate

I have a simple, practical engineering question. I'm trying to design a hot water circulation system with a constant flow rate of 1.3 L/min. I'm having trouble finding any pumps that will do the job ...
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Can radiant induction heat thermally decompose wood

Is it possible to thermally decompose an indicator like wood in a induction heating container made of stainless steel if the induction frequency is low enough to heat the container about 1000°c. ...
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Cheap low-temperature oven

I'd like to make an oven for curing adhesives that require an elevated temperature for a proper cure. I'd like for the temperature to be settable from 60 degrees C to 75 C plus or minus 5 degrees over ...
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How to deal with thermal expansion in a city wide heating system?

How to deal with thermal expansion in a city wide heating system? Background: As part of the program to combat pollution in and around Beijing, my adopted city of Zhuozhou (population, over half ...
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Where to output the colder air from a “heat-pump boiler”?

In an average family house, where should we let the colder air from a "heat-pump boiler" out? 1) - to the inside of the family house (ex.: heated in winter, so letting cold air in it..) 2) - to the ...
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Why are home geothermal systems usable anywhere in the U.S. but industrial geothermal plants limited in geographical use?

Geothermal systems are used in regions across the U.S. for home use, but industrial geothermal plants are only used in areas where subteranian temperatures are very high. Why is this? https://en....
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Will circulating air within a sealed ductwork system cause it to implode?

Referring to the pasted in ductwork diagram, if an inline ventilation fan with a high CFM airflow was used to circulate air within a sealed ductwork system, would the fast moving airflow result in a ...