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The design of combustion furnaces for a given performance and thermal efficiency, involving study of the heat liberated in the combustion process, the amount of heat absorbed by heat elements, and heat-transfer rates.

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SKIN CONDENSER

Condenser using the outer surface of the cabinet as the heat radiating medium.

CROWN

The top of the piston in an internal combustion engine above the fire ring, exposed to direct flame impingement.

CAM

Eccentric shaft used in most internal combustion engines to open and close valves.

REFRIGERATING CAPACITY

The ability of a system to remove heat as compared with the cooling effect produced by melting of ice.

CRACKING

The process whereby large molecules are broken down by the application of heat and pressure to form smaller molecules.

ADIABATIC PROCESS

A thermo-dynamic process in which no heat is extracted from or added to the system of the process.

REFRIGERATOR

A device to transfer heat from a low temperature to a high temperature medium.

COOLANT

A fluid used to remove heat. See Cutting fluid.

ALKALI

Any substance having basic (as opposed to acidic) properties. In a restricted sense it is applied to the hydroxides of ammonium, lithium, potassium and sodium. Alkaline materials in lubricating oils neutralize acids to prevent acidic and corrosive wear in internal combustion engines.

HEAT EXCHANGER

A device which transfers heat through a conducting wall from one fluid to another.
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