FIGJAM wrote:First, I would mount the fans to the container so that ALL the air is forced to draw through the damp material, whatever that may be.
Second, the damp material has to be fairly well sealed around the edges so that all the air has to pass through your damp "pads".
Our biggest challenge was getting fans that pull enough air through to make for an effective unit.
Good luck with your design!
FIGJAM wrote:The problem with any material that will wick water fast enough is that it may not be porse enough to allow for air flow.
If it's not porse enough, it may also glog with dust.
If you want to just bring the parts for a bucket cooler, I can bring a predrilled bucket for you.
BlackRockCityPimp wrote: i usually end up just using it for my wash basin.
5280MeV wrote:BlackRockCityPimp wrote: i usually end up just using it for my wash basin.
That is a really awesome idea - saves me space on the plane and will work better than the dinky little tupperware that I brought last time. Thanks!
5280MeV wrote:... I am really curious to see if capillary action can pull water fast enough to match evaporation...
Canoe wrote:Capillary fed. I just did a test on capillary mat. Dry mat hanging vertical into water lifts the water 1.25", with another 3/8" damp. Priming the mat with water keeps it wet up to 3.5" for several hours, but eventually falls back to barely more than the dry mat could pull up when placed into water. Dry mat passes air surprisingly readily. Fibres may be too close together to provide maximum water surface area for the air flow for the footprint of the mat. Suspicious that this may not be a suitable replacement for the blue fiber mat. Could be used in a horizontal wet filter configuration, but you'd need a much larger footprint than the designs that we already know work well.
But, cap-mat could lift water out of a reservoir onto the blue matting, but unlikely to have enough water flow to keep up with the job. You'd have to have lots of matting to feed the top of the blue mat to ensure enough flow to avoid dry sections. Don't know if you can have enough for it to work...
5280MeV wrote:I changed this design to have the air flow along the pieces of cloth rather than through them...
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