Vortex Tube is an effective, low cost and quick solution for many industrial spot cooling and heating needs. It’s powered entirely by compressed air, has no moving parts, and no dangerous refrigerants to leak out. Vortex tube spins the compressed air in the air chamber separating hot and cold air streams. The hot stream can get upwards of 190 F and the cold end can get down to -56 F.
What is a Vortex tube?
The Supreme Air Products vortex tube separates regular compressed air into cold and hot air streams. It is a pneumatic product which does not require any electricity, refrigerants, or other gases to operate because it is powered entirely by compressed air. Its small size allows it to be easily integrated into a variety of industrial applications. The Supreme Air Products vortex tube is ideal for fast and effective spot cooling, as it offers cooling capacities of up to 2800 BTUs and can create temperature drops of up to 80°C. Vortex tubes can also be used for heating purposes, with a convenient temperature adjustment screw that allows the user to control the proportions of hot and cold air released by the vortex tube.
Our vortex tubes are offered in two series (Series B and Series C). Series B is engineered to produce maximum BTU rating. This essentially means that Series B vortex tubes focus on air flow instead of achieving maximum cold temperature. Series C is engineered to focus on maximum cold temperature rather than providing maximum air flow output. C Series vortex tubes should only be used if extreme cold temperature is required as the cold air flow is reduced.
How does a Supreme Air Products Vortex tube work?
- An air line is connected to the vortex tube through a standard male NPT thread
- Compressed air enters the vortex tube through the NPT inlet and is forced into the spin chamber by the vortex generator.
- The air stream spins at high speeds inside the spin chamber, which separates the hot and cold air due to their weight differential.
- Lighter hot air is pushed to the outer wall of the spin chamber, while heavier cold air remains in the center.
- The hot and cold air streams exit at opposite ends of the vortex tube
- Users are able to control the proportion of hot and cold air release with a temperature adjustment screw located on the hot end. If the screw is loosened in a counter clockwise direction, more hot air will be released. As a result, the volume of cold air at the opposite end is reduced and the temperature of cold air will be drop. If the screw is tightened in a clockwise direction, the opposite effect will take place – more cold air will be released and the volume of hot air will be reduced, however, the temperature on the cold end will rise.
Supreme Air Products vortex tubes operate at different noise levels depending on the CFM capacity. For example, the 15 CFM capacity vortex tube operates at approximately 70 DB. To reduce noise levels, we offer optional cold end mufflers, which can reduce noise by up to 11 DB, and hot end mufflers, which can further reduce noise by an additional 4 DB.
We offer vortex tubes in aluminum or stainless-steel material with a variety of CFM capacities ranging from 2 to 40 CFM. The small vortex tube ranges from 2 to 8 CFM, while the medium vortex tube ranges from 10 to 40 CFM. Using our optional generators, these capacities can be changed quickly and easily with the simple turn of a screw. For example, a 10 CFM vortex tube that is used for small cooling needs, can be changed to 40 CFM for maximum cooling needs in less than 30 seconds.
Supreme Air Products goes above and beyond to ensure that installation of our products is simple and easy. Please visit our “Accessories” section to view optional accessories and refer to some examples of recommended setups below.