Heavy-duty trucks and trailers are a common sight along the Australian highways and outback roads. Australian cities are dynamic business hubs separated by long stretches of land. Trucks and trailers are the primary mode of transport for goods between these cities. Easy access to quality aftermarket parts for European trucks helps to reduce their downtime.
Cooling systems are among the most vulnerable truck systems in the region. The long distances, extreme weather and harsh conditions strain conventional cooling systems. Valeo is one of the leading providers of cooling solutions for trucks worldwide. This article sheds some light on Valeo radiators and intercoolers.
The Valeo Story
Valeo’s story began almost a century ago in the town of Saint-Ouen in France. In 1923, the company’s founder, Eugene Buisson established a company called SAFF. SAFF was manufacturer brake linings and clutch facings under license by Ferodo Ltd. However, in 1932, SAFF started producing and patenting new designs.
By 1980, SAFF had expanded into Spain, Italy, Brazil and the USA. In 1980, SAFF changed its name to Valeo, which means ‘I am well’ in Latin.
Valeo has grown into a leading supplier of thermal systems, air conditioning and electrical solutions for cars. Valeo now has about 186 production plants in 33 countries worldwide and more than 113,000 employees. Below are the company’s main cooling products for trucks.
Valeo Radiators for Trucks
Truck engines operate at extremely high temperatures. They need fluids like water or coolants with high thermal resistance to regulate their temperatures. The fluids heat up as they cool the engines. The hot fluids then pass through the radiator for cooling.
Radiators have several tubes and thin metal plates or fins for dissipating heat. They transfer the heat away from the fluid to the surrounding air. The engine also has a fan that blows the hot air away from it to improve its cooling efficiency. Below are some of the most competitive features of Valeo radiators.
Valeo radiators have a precise core and plate assembly that minimizes the risk of leakage. This is a signature of Valeo’s attention to detail. They also have an ideal tube and fin density that enhances thermal exchange efficiency and prevents overheating.
By improving the contact areas between the tubes and fins, Valeo radiators have better resistance to vibrations. This increases the radiator’s lifespan and reduces the noise it produces.
High Heat Rejection Capacity:
The Valeo radiators are proven to have higher heat rejection capacities than their competitors. This reduces the activity of your truck’s cooling fans and thus saves more fuel.
Valeo Intercoolers for Trucks
When air is compressed, its temperature usually rises. Intercoolers increase the power capacity of your engine by reducing the temperature of compressed air going into it. Below are some of the advantages you can expect by using Valeo Intercoolers in your truck.
Improved Turbocharger Performance
Valeo intercoolers can increase your turbocharger’s power by 20%. They can reduce the temperature of the air in the intake manifold from 1300 to 600. Higher air temperatures limit your engine’s performance.
High Thermal Capacity
Valeo intercoolers have a folded tube design with a reinforced internal pipe structure. This improves their thermal exchanger capacity. As such, Valeo intercoolers have a wider temperature management range than conventional systems.
In addition to temperature regulation, Valeo intercoolers also reduce Nitrous Oxide (NOx) emissions. This makes your truck better for the environment.
Apart from cooling systems, Valeo also supplies braking systems, electrical accessories and security systems for trucks among other products. Valeo’s innovative solutions have been improving the performance of trucks for decades.