Work in progress, some things can't be said are propely english :P
As many other interent stories everything started while googling around. I was looking at some of those uber overclocked computers and I though "Yeah sweet, but how much it is noisy!". Problem of overclocked computers is that if you are not one of those very rich guys around that can buy hi technology advanced systems like compressor coolers, azotum thingis and those stravagances, you are stick to buy a HUGE fan, that is rather noisy and transform your pc in a home radiator.
I allready have problems with my pc beeing too hot and noisy, I can't sleep with it turend on. I wanted really to fix this, because running some servicies like httpd and ftpd can be useful for some of your friends. So I looked around for something that can cool a lot, cost a few and was discrete.
The answer just stumbled to my feets. An evaporative tower. Those things are used nowdays to cool down the nucleus of nuclear plants and are quite effective if you can provvide enougth water. For a nuclear plant, it's easy, just build it near a river, for a homemade system it revealed more triky...
You can now think that those are silent, water slowly flow near the thing to cold and stop. Yeah ok, if you have a river in your home. Problem is that we need to design a closed system that stock the water in some reservoir, let it cool down, and then reuse it. This means you don't need anymore a continuos flow of water but you can use what is in your reservoir. Yeah you will consume it in the process, but why?
The answer is easy, water evaporates. It allways evaporates even at negative temperatures (Celsius grades) what the themperatute change is how much water evaporats in a given time. It allwasy evaporated because what count is the difference of quatity of water in the air and in the water itself. Air can hold a certain amount of water, that's the perchentage they give when you look weather bulletin or that you hear around during summer when they talk about "percived temperature". When air has 100% of water no more water will evaporate. We will not focus on what happends in extreme condition, since those rules are not perfectly valid allways, what they give is a really good idea of what happends.
So why water evaporation should be benefical to us? Another easy answer, evaporation is an endotermic process, that mean that to evaporate water need energy and it takes it from the water itself, making so it a little bit colder. So more water evaporates more heat it bring away both in the form of hot vapor and in the form of energy necessary to change it state from water to vapor.
We discovered that water need to be in contact with air, so air can bring away some of it, so we can guess that more surface of the water we put in contact with air, more water it will bring away. To augment the surface we can provvide or a big static exchange surface or... What happends when you take a hot shower in your bathroom? After some minutes the air fill up with vapor!! The air has bringed away lot of water. We can use a shower head!
Mmm a problem from before come to my mind... We wanted a silent system and when you take a shower it's not exactly so quiet. Now go in your bathroom and open the water, it makes that damn noise... But what if you put hands under it and gently let the water flow down. It's quite! WOW! So we just need to find a way to gently acompain the water that comes out from the shower head to the underlying reservoir and the joke is done.
Getting the necessary material
What we need is:
- A shower head
- A water pump
- Some form of container as reservoir
- Rubber tubes
- Copper! For the water block
- Copper pipes (optional but very useful)
- A fancy fan (optional but makes the thing look cooler and unusefuly more efficent)
My first idea to get that material was to go to some big bricolage center we have here in Italy. They are rather expensive but many things can be found easily and bought immediately.
I headed immediately to "Brico" one of such big places, just outside the city and I got the shower head for 10 euros, a WC tube as reservoir with some "mods" to make it longer, closed on one side and Y shape. Those type of reservoir was expensive since each small "mod" had fixed price of 9.99 euros and the big "mod" had price of 19.99 for a total of 50 euros. I bought a "super long tube extension" that make the reservoir more than 1 meter tall, geeez that was cool!
The fan was another easy get, but I was luck to find one so nice! And so cheap! I bought it in a small independent shop inside the complex of the "Brico" center 4.99 euros!! I bought some to stock...
For the pump I gone in an animals shop, they for sure sell pumps for aquarium and such. I entred in the shop and asked for a pump. "How many liters is your aquarium?" - " I don't have an aquarium!" - "So, do your aquarium allready have a biological filter?" - "Hey, you deaf! I have no aquarium! I need that pump for cooling my pc" - "So you don't have a filter, do you want one included with the pump?" - "H E A R M E: show me the pumps you have and I will choose alone". I choose a pump with no filter, hoping to be able to change the whole water of my reservoir often, it costed me 29.99 euros (all those stupid prices..). It has 1500 liters/hour and a good prevalence diagram nice thing is that it's very silent, during nigth you can barely hear it if you less than 1 meter from it, farter it's just too silent.