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Radiator as an intercooler?
GoodSamaritan Offline
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#1
Could radiator be used as an intercooler?
as long as the boost was kept below 15lbs?

Any reason why it wouldnt be a good idea?
Bryan
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Red_LX Offline
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#2
I would say it wouldn't work because radiators probably wouldn't hold up to that much pressure, and I don't know if air would flow through them as well as water does.
Garrett Hunt
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SteveX82 Offline
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#3
Quote:Originally posted by Red_LX:
I would say it wouldn't work because radiators probably wouldn't hold up to that much pressure, and I don't know if air would flow through them as well as water does.

I'm sure the usual 1" inlet / outlet wouldn't be too great for flow, either. Besides, a decent intercooler can be had for $50 or less, thereby eliminating cost as an issue.
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natmac3 Offline
Administrator
#4
Sure it'll work.

You also might try using a radiator cap as a blow off valve, and an EGR as an external wastegate.

[Image: smile.gif] I'm just kidding, honestly, the physics/functions seem similar but it'd never work.
1987tc
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Jeff K Offline
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#5
Might work, but not very well. A typical IC is an air to air heat exchanger, and a radiator is a water to air heat exchanger. Water and air have WAY different thermodynamic properties, so a radiator is designed way different than a IC.

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2ManyRecklesses Offline
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#6
.. i also don't think a radiator would flow the air NEARLY as well as an actual intercooler..
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