Vortex TubeVortex Spot Cooling

The Vortex Tube was discovered in 1930 by French physicist Georges Ranque. Vortec was the first company to develop this phenomenon into practical, effective cooling solutions for industrial applications. Here’s how it works.

Fluid that rotates about an axis – like a tornado – is called a vortex. A vortex tube creates a vortex from compressed air and separates it into two air streams – one hot and one cold. Compressed air enters a cylindrical generator which is proportionately larger than the hot (long) tube where it causes the air to rotate. Then, the rotating air is forced down the inner walls of the hot tube at speeds reaching 1,000,000 rpm. At the end of the hot tube, a small portion of this air exits through a needle valve as hot air exhaust. The remaining air is forced back through the center of the incoming air stream at a slower speed. The heat in the slower moving air is transferred to the faster moving incoming air. This super-cooled air flows through the center of the generator and exits through the cold air exhaust port.

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Benefits:

  • Cools instantaneously
  • Lowest cost per unit of refrigeration of any cooling technique
  • Fully adjustable cooling, easily moved from site to site as needed
  • Fits to provide cooling in the most confined areas
  • Lowest maintenance requirements of any refrigeration technique
  • Environmentally friendly, with no refrigerants or chemicals needed
  • Easy to install, just connect compressed air and go

Features:

  • Maintenance free, with no moving parts
  • Cycle repeatability within +/- 1 deg
  • Drops compressed air inlet temperature by up to 100 deg F
  • No electricity required at the cooling site
  • Cools without refrigerants, as low as -40 deg
  • Adjustable for varying cooling needs
  • Available heating capacity using the same tube, up to 200 deg F

Vortex Tube Model 106

ModelMaterial of ConstructionCooling CapacityAir ConsumptionInlet SizeOutlet SizeWeight
106-2-HStainless Steel and Brass100 BTUH2 SCFM1/8 inch NPT (F)1/8 inch NPT (M)0.3 lbs
106-4-HStainless Steel and Brass200 BTUH4 SCFM1/8 inch NPT (F)1/8 inch NPT (M)0.3 lbs
106-8-HStainless Steel and Brass400 BTUH8 SCFM1/8 inch NPT (F)1/8 inch NPT (M)0.3 lbs

* All Tubes are 100 PSIG & have a recommended air temperature of 70°F

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Vortex Tube Model 208 Standard

ModelMaterial of ConstructionCooling CapacityAir ConsumptionInlet SizeOutlet SizeWeight
208-11-HAluminum640 BTUH11 SCFM1/4 inch NPT (F)1/4 inch NPT (M)0.4 lbs
208-15-HAluminum900 BTUH15 SCFM1/4 inch NPT (F)1/4 inch NPT (M)0.4 lbs
208-25-HAluminum1500 BTUH25 SCFM1/4 inch NPT (F)1/4 inch NPT (M)0.4 lbs

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Vortex Tube Model 208 Stainless Steel

ModelMaterial of ConstructionCooling CapacityAir ConsumptionInlet SizeOutlet SizeWeight
208-11-HSSStainless Steel640 BTUH11 SCFM1/4 inch NPT (M)1/4 inch NPT (M)0.4 lbs
208-15-HSSStainless Steel900 BTUH15 SCFM1/4 inch NPT (M)1/4 inch NPT (M)0.4 lbs
208-25-HSSStainless Steel1500 BTUH25 SCFM1/4 inch NPT (M)1/4 inch NPT (M)0.4 lbs

* All Tubes are 100 PSIG & have a recommended air temperature of 70°F

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Vortex Tube Model 308

ModelMaterial of ConstructionCooling CapacityAir ConsumptionInlet SizeOutlet SizeWeight
308-35-HAluminum2650 BTUH35 SCFM1/4 inch NPT (F)1/4 inch NPT (M)0.45 lbs

* All Tubes are 100 PSIG & have a recommended air temperature of 70°F

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Vortex Tube Model 328

ModelMaterial of ConstructionCooling CapacityAir ConsumptionInlet SizeOutlet SizeWeight
328-50-HNickel Plated Steel3000 BTUH50 SCFM1/2 inch NPT (M)1 inch NPT (F)2.35 lbs
328-75-HNickel Plated Steel4500 BTUH75 SCFM1/2 inch NPT (M)1 inch NPT (F)2.35 lbs
328-100-HNickel Plated Steel6000 BTUH100 SCFM1/2 inch NPT (M)1 inch NPT (F)2.35 lbs

* All Tubes are 100 PSIG & have a recommended air temperature of 70°F

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ModelDescription
106GENIndividual Generator for 106 Vortex Tube — specify 2, 4 or 8 SCFM
106MCCold End Muffler for 106 Vortex Tube
208GENIndividual Generator for 208 Vortex Tube — specify 11, 15, 25 or 35 SCFM
208MCCold End Muffler for 208 or 308 Vortex Tubes
208MHHot End Muffler for 106 or 208 Vortex Tubes
328MCold or Hot End Muffler for 328 Vortex Tube
328XBIndividual Generator for 328 Vortex Tube — specify 50, 75 or 100 SCFM
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