Originally Posted by ChickenInferno
So I talked with my girlfriend who is a biomedical engineer (ie she's taken a few fluid dynamics and heat transfer courses). She gave her gut-feeling (no calculations) that if the flow was high enough that it wouldn't really matter which way the loop was made.
Only a test would tell, but at least some vindication.
I had anticipated an answer like this, like i mentioned, any difference would be nominal (maybe a degree or 2c?) but if nothing else it was something different. I'm glad I'm not completely out of my mind though, as i read farther into the 'introduction to mechanical engineering' book in front of me I will get to a small section on fluid dynamics, which might help me understand a bit better whats going on.
I'm sure most set up their loops with sli bridges because it's the traditional way, and it's been proven to work. But, there is more than one way to skin a cat, and short of not mixing and matching 10 different colored tubes and fitting, I'm not concerned with how it looks.