The Laminova is great method of controlling oil temperatures. Often overlooked by the Motor Sport enthusiasts. These offer superior oil temperature control when compared to a regular oil cooler. You can find out a bit more about them right here.
Technically the Laminova is very different to the well know flat plate coolers available from manufacturers such as Mocal and Setrab. I want to explain what they do, how they work and what it means for the user.
What Does A Laminova Do?
The Laminova acts as a two way heat exchanger between the engine coolant and the engine oil. It can also cool transmission oil and power steering fluid if required, but I’m going to refer to engine oil in this article.
When your engine is cold the engine isn’t as efficient as it is when at operating temperature. The Laminova allows the coolant and oil to heat each other. It is a mutual transfer of heat. If the coolant warms up first then the oil is exposed to the coolants warmth. If the oil warms up first then the coolant is exposed to the oils warmth. As a result of either scenario the engine gains operational temperature quicker than it might otherwise. It is a win win situation
Once the coolant and oil reach operational temperature the coolant thermostat (part of the engine cooling system) steps in to help control to heat being transferred to atmosphere from the radiator. During the warm up process the thermostat will have remained closed. As a result this has helped the engine reach operating temperature quicker than it would otherwise do. Once at temperature the overall coolant and oil temperature is maintained and regulated by the thermostat and the coolant radiator.
How Does It Work?
The benefits of harmonising oil and coolant temperature have been acknowledged for a long time. The problem has been the way in which to do this in an effective and efficient manner regardless of the demands placed on the engine. The ability to deal with a sudden or constant increase in oil temperature is important and fundamental.
The need for highly efficient heat transfer device resulted in the core being developed. In its basic form it is an extruded aluminium tube with some clever machining to give a huge surface area for the oil to flow over. Special tooling is needed to cut the fine slots that run all around the core.
What This Means For The User
The bottom line is that the Cooler harmonises the coolant and oil temperature from start up and all the way through the engines working cycle. The oil cannot be over cooled due to it’s exposure to the engine coolant and it gets up to temperature just a quick as the coolant. This method of oil cooling helps to even out temperature imbalance resulting in a more efficient engine and possibly less wear on the bearings.
What Sizes Are Available?
It is available in three sizes:
- Small, with a core 92mm long.
- Medium, with a core 182mm long.
- Large, with a core 332mm long.
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