working fluid

noun

: a fluid working substance

Examples of working fluid in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Water is used as a working fluid in this closed system (water is not lost). Ian Palmer, Forbes, 19 May 2022 The annual operating cost is low, and the working fluid is water rather than battery chemicals. Andrew Blakers, The Conversation, 19 Jan. 2022 But the biggest leap here is using carbon dioxide rather than steam as the working fluid. David Roberts, Vox, 1 June 2018 Sunlight is used to heat up a working fluid at the mirrors' focus. John Timmer, Ars Technica, 19 Oct. 2018 In some plants, sunlight is directed toward a large central thermal tower that heats up quickly and boils a working fluid inside. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, 28 Oct. 2017 It is then stored at 566 degrees Celsius (1,050 degrees Fahrenheit) and used to transfer heat through a heat exchanger to a working fluid that spins a conventional turbine, generating electricity. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, 13 Oct. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1878, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of working fluid was in 1878

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“Working fluid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/working%20fluid. Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

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