Nordic Ice and the AVS Intercooler Tank

We receive some meds packed in thermal blankets with Nordic Ice gel packs tucked in to keep them cold.  “freeze and re-use as long-lasting ice packs” they say.  I have a hot intercooler coolant system (most any day).  What happens if we put these two ideas together?

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In my intercooler system, coolant flow up from the pump to the intercooler, then down to a heat exchanger, through a reservoir, another heat exchanger, and back to the pump.  Almost none of the system is accessible with the nose of the V in place.

However, if I remove the engine covers and gently pry back the air guides, I can just slot in Nordic ice bags on the AVS aluminum coolant tank.

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I had extras so I put them near the filter to try to provide some local A/C.

temps over time

The yellow line is ambient temp in the driveway — yes 100F here in Texas.  The blue line is air into the engine intake — around 120F.  The Red line we would like to see go down to below 100F (wishes).  What we see is that it falls from 148F to a flat steady 138F and stays there regardless of the iced tank.

seal

I did discover that there was radiator air leaking into the filter area near a joined metal location and applied a seal there to block hot air coming to the filter.

Conclusion

The test was not ideal, as no air was flowing over the two heat exchangers since the V was sitting with the engine running in the driveway.  I was hesitant to drive with the Nordic Ice packs just loosely stacked on the AVS tank.  However, I could in a future test add a fan over the heat exchangers.

It would be great to engineer a system to allow ‘transfusion’ of cold intercooler coolant into the system when heat soaked and thus restore it to cold temps for testing.

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