Originally Posted by Starbuck5000
IMO most efficent thing for water chilling would be to stick an ac unit's evap in a freeze box or something simliar and use the Freeze box as a giant res. No need for a rad as well.
***EDIT*** Just in case there's no confusion... the coolant in the AC/Fridge/Whatever loop is independent
of the WC loop!
Well, the whole idea I was having was keeping the radiator as the coolest part of the loop since that's where the water cools off the most already. I have a triple and double rad in my loop which means it has ample time flowing through the channels within the radiator to get cooled down by the fans.
The new concept is the same just without air. If the radiator were encased in a "cooling box" or "fridge" or "slush bucket" or whatever was below
ambient then the coolant inside would be cooled below ambient while stuck in the channels in the radiator. It's more like a fridge since over time the coolant would all get cooled as it traveled through the loop multiple times. The normal fan setups keeps it at the lowest ambient temp and the "refrigeradiator" lowers it.
I thought about making this radiator the coolest part when I saw the vid about the PC in a fridge. They didn't put the PC in the fridge but the tubing from the water loop and it lowered the temps like 30C. They were using a car radiator too so that might be something.
The biggest problem about ALL the solutions, whether plates, fridge, or AC is the bulky part. I was looking for something nice and cool like a refrigershroud. lol Compressor on the outside obviously with the heating elements ejecting the hot air out while the cooling chamber had the radiator and kept the cool air circulating through.
I'm sure this is still a crazy idea but I love to get people's creative juices flowing.