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As applied to heat, having the property that permits heat to be transmitted by rays similar to those of light. To absorb radiant heat, an object must be in the 'light' of the fire.

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SKIN CONDENSER

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

DETERGENT

In lubrication, either an additive or a compounded lubricant having the property of keeping insoluble matter in suspension thus preventing its deposition where it would be harmful. A detergent may also redisperse deposits already formed.

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.

ADHESION

The property of a lubricant that causes it to cling or adhere to a solid surface.

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.

HEAT EXCHANGER

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

ADIABATIC EFFICIENCY

The ratio of actual work output of a heat engine to the ideal output.
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