Selecting the Ideal Radiator for Industrial Equipment

The radiator is a crucial component in most industrial equipment and machinery. Basically, this element is a heat exchanger which is designed and constructed to transfer heat from one area to another. This type of module can be used in heating applications for buildings when installed in HVAC systems. However, in industrial machinery, the radiator is ideal for cooling diverse internal combustion engines in automotive heavy equipment like forklifts, cranes and loaders as well as stationary generating plants. 

The radiator is constructed for prolonged service but it is prone to malfunction due to standard wear and tear, mechanical impact and exposure to harsh industrial conditions. Generally, the damage can be repaired by equipment technicians but if the issues are extensive, you will need to get a replacement component. Here are simple aspects to consider when selecting the most suitable replacement radiator for your industrial equipment.

Fabrication Material

Radiators have been manufactured with numerous types of materials since their invention. However, the two common materials used in modern industrial equipment are aluminium and copper-brass. Aluminium is a popular choice in automotive applications because the metal is relatively cheap. It is also a lightweight option, so it is easier to install, service and has good thermal energy handling capabilities. Copper-brass is more expensive, but it has superior performance in terms of cooling. Therefore, this is more suitable for heavy duty industrial applications. Moreover, copper-brass blends are resistant to microbial activities, can withstand emissions and chemicals without corrosion and are generally more durable. 

Radiator Design

There are two primary radiator designs fabricated for cooling the engines utilised in industrial equipment: cross-flow and down-flow. The cross-flow design has a vertical tank installed on either side of the radiator structure. The centre of the module has tubes through which the coolant fluid flows horizontally between the tanks. In addition, there are fins installed in this centre to increase the rate of heat dissipation. The down-flow design is similar in terms of components but the configuration is different. In simple terms, the tanks are installed in a horizontal style and the cooling tubes run vertically. The cross-flow design is more efficient when cooling because the coolant flows slowly because the alternative is aided by gravity.

Additional Considerations

You should consider the space available for fitting your replacements radiator. Ideally, you should choose the recommended type but if you want a more efficient alternative, compare the dimensions with your preferred product. When selecting a radiator for an automatic transmission heavy vehicle, remember that you will also require a transmission cooler.