Mathematical analysis of aircraft intercooler design

Joyner, Upshur T
October 1940

A mathematical analysis has been made to show the method of obtaining the dimensions of the intercooler that will use the least total power for a given set of design conditions. The results of this analysis have been used in a sample calculation and, on the basis of this calculation, a new inter cooler arrangement is suggested. Because the length of the two air passages of the new arrangement is short in comparison with the third dimension, the height of the intercooler, this intercooler arrangement has unusual dimensions. These dimensions give the proposed intercooler arrangement an advantage over one of usual dimensions because less total power will be consumed by the intercooler, the weight and volume of the intercooler will be smaller, and the pressure drop of both the engine air and the cooling air in passing through the intercooler will be lower.

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