Shell and tube heat exchangers

Shell and tube heat exchangers represent one of the most common types of heat exchangers used across various industries due to their robustness, flexibility, and operational efficiency. As an essential component in numerous heating, cooling, and heat recovery applications, shell and tube heat exchangers are integral to the operational efficiency of several industrial processes.

The shell and tube heat exchanger, as the name suggests, is made up of two primary components: a series of tubes and a larger shell encompassing these tubes. The configuration generally consists of one fluid flowing through the tubes, while a second fluid flows over the tubes inside the shell. As the two fluids interact, heat transfer occurs: the hotter fluid loses heat (cools down), while the cooler fluid gains heat (warms up).

FUNKE develops safety shell and tube heat exchangers

Safety shell and tube heat exchangers were developed and patented back in the 80’s by FUNKE Wärmeaustauscher Apparatebau GmbH

Shell & Tube Heat Exchanger to grow with CAGR of 2.7%

Global Shell & Tube Heat Exchanger Report offers market size, share, overview, segmentation by types, application, countries, key manufactures, cost analysis, industrial chain, sourcing strategy, downstream buyers, marketing strategy analysis, distributors/traders, factors affecting the market, forecast and other important information for key insight.

VAU Thermotech Hybrid exchanger installed as condenser

In general, a shell & tube heat exchanger installed as a heat condenser weighs 26 tons, is 10m long, measures 1.6m in diameter and consists of 1,804 pipes.

Vitherm secures an order from a top refinery in USA

Vitherm recently secured an order from a top refinery in USA. Two units were supplied to be used for cooling of Sour water.

Watlow introduces new electric heat exchanger

Watlow®, the design and manufacture of complete thermal systems, introduces its new HELIMAX™ ultra-efficient electric heat exchanger with Continuous Helical Flow Technology™, which helps reduce the coking and fouling typically associated with standard heat exchangers.

Glacier Energy secures significant PBS contract

Glacier Energy has been awarded a contract worth circa GBP 1M by PBS for the provision of export gas coolers for Total Exploration and Production UK’s (TEPUK) North Alwyn Platform, in the North Sea.

Heat Exchanger World Europe Conference & Expo

Rescheduled dates June 1 & 2, 2021Because of the influence that the Pandemic, Covid-19, is currently having on all our lives, particularly in Europe, Heat Exchanger World has rescheduled its dates to open its doors to its first European Conference & Expo at the RDM Rotterdam, the Netherlands on June 1st & 2nd, 2021.

Asian refinery group selects K?Bloc

Kelvion has won a contract of approximately nine million Euro for the supply of several K?Bloc, Kelvion compact welded plate heat exchangers, to a refinery group in Asia.

SACOME’s heat exchangers for the vegetable oil sector

The main characteristic of SACOME is its custom designs for each project based on the needs of its clients. This adaptation is not only limited to the thermal design of the equipment, but also to customer requirements in terms of mechanical calculations.

Turbo II chillers receive falling-film evaporators

Recently introduced chiller family based on Turbocor oil-free compressors and distinguished by high energy efficiency and environmental safety, received falling-film evaporators in addition to flooded models.

Variations and Adaptability of shell and tube heat exchangers

One of the significant advantages of these heat exchangers is their adaptability. They can be designed with multiple “passes,” meaning the tube-side fluid can flow through the tubes more than once, increasing the exchanger’s efficiency. The number of tubes, their layout, the type of shell, and even the materials used can all be adapted to suit specific process requirements. This makes the exchangers suitable for a wide range of applications, from petrochemical processes to HVAC systems to power generation.

Materials and Construction

Shell and tube heat exchangers can be constructed from a variety of materials depending on the application. Commonly used materials include stainless steel, copper, and titanium. The choice of materials depends on several factors, such as the types of fluids being processed, the operating temperatures and pressures, and the need for resistance to corrosion or other forms of degradation.

Operation and Maintenance

Shell and tube heat exchangers are renowned for their durability and ease of maintenance. Many designs allow for individual tubes to be replaced or cleaned, facilitating routine maintenance and minimizing downtime.

In the realm of heat transfer equipment, these exchangers stand as a versatile, efficient, and reliable choice, playing an essential role in numerous industrial sectors. Their design principles have stood the test of time, and ongoing developments continue to enhance their performance and adaptability.