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Triple Purpose Insulator

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000073922D
Original Publication Date: 1971-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-23
Document File: 2 page(s) / 41K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Aakalu, NG: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

A capillary porous insulating material 10 surrounds the cold surfaces 12 in cooling equipment or the like. The insulating material 10 carries the condensate, which may form on it to a heater location 14 by capillary action. The capillary porous insulating material 10 is capable of carrying the liquid a distance greater than thirty inches. Accordingly, the heaters 14 can be separated from one another a distance no greater than the carrying capabilities of the capillary material. The material 10 stores the condensate temporarily in its pores. Once the material is saturated with condensate liquid, thermistor sensors 16 detect this condition and in turn start the heaters 14 which serve to remove the moisture from the insulating material.

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Triple Purpose Insulator

A capillary porous insulating material 10 surrounds the cold surfaces 12 in cooling equipment or the like. The insulating material 10 carries the condensate, which may form on it to a heater location 14 by capillary action. The capillary porous insulating material 10 is capable of carrying the liquid a distance greater than thirty inches. Accordingly, the heaters 14 can be separated from one another a distance no greater than the carrying capabilities of the capillary material. The material 10 stores the condensate temporarily in its pores. Once the material is saturated with condensate liquid, thermistor sensors 16 detect this condition and in turn start the heaters 14 which serve to remove the moisture from the insulating material. The condensate liquid moves by capillary action in the material 10 towards the heated area where the addition of heat causes the evaporation. A dry condition in the insulating material 10 is sensed by the thermistors 16 and, accordingly, the heaters 14 are turned off. This type of insulation material could be used to cover liquid hoses, subcoolers, condensers, etc. where condensate dripping would be hazardous.

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