Compact Heat Exchangers: Selection, Design and Operation by J.E. Hesselgreaves

By J.E. Hesselgreaves

This booklet offers the information and business suggestions in compact warmth exchanger know-how which were built within the final 10 years or so. traditionally, the improvement and alertness of compact warmth exchangers and their surfaces has taken position in a piecemeal style in a couple of particularly unrelated parts, largely these of the automobile and best mover, aerospace, cryogenic and refrigeration sectors. a lot particular expertise, frequent in a single quarter, improved in simple terms slowly over the boundary into one other zone. This compartmentalisation was once a characteristic either one of the person industries themselves, and in addition of the provider, or production industries. those boundaries at the moment are breaking down, with important cross-fertilisation happening.

one of many commercial sectors that's waking as much as the demanding situations of compact warmth exchangers is that commonly outlined because the approach area. If there's a bias within the ebook, it truly is in the direction of this area. the following, in lots of instances, the technical demanding situations are critical, because excessive pressures and temperatures are usually concerned, and dealing fluids could be corrosive, reactive or poisonous. The possibilities, although, are correspondingly excessive, considering that compacts can provide a mixture of decrease capital or put in rate, reduce temperature alterations (and for that reason operating costs), and decrease stock. often times they provide the chance for an intensive re-think of the method layout, by means of the advent of procedure intensification (PI) suggestions resembling combining approach components in a single unit. An instance of this is often response and warmth alternate, which bargains, between different benefits, considerably decrease spinoff production.

To stimulate destiny study, the writer contains insurance of hitherto ignored techniques, resembling that of the second one legislations (of Thermodynamics), pioneered by means of Bejan and co- staff. The justification for this can be that there's expanding curiosity in life-cycle and sustainable methods to business job as an entire, usually concerning exergy (Second legislations) research. warmth exchangers, being primary parts of strength and technique structures, are either savers and spenders of exergy, in response to interpretation.

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One clear common requirement, although having varying priority according to sector, is the reduction of material quantity, which reflects in cost and weight particularly. We have seen above that secondary surfaces are used, independently or in combination with compactness, to save weight, through material content, and thereby the first (capital) cost and the installation cost, although size implications are more complex. The arguments in the previous section show that reducing the fin thickness has two opposing effects on weight.

The arguments in the previous section show that reducing the fin thickness has two opposing effects on weight. " For the case of plate fins there is in fact a minimum condition, investigated by the present author (Hesselgreaves (1992, 1993)). 1. 36) where b is the effective plate gap and ~,, is the material conductivity. The material volume, for a given duty, is non-dimensionalised by the theoretical minimum represented by a fin of zero thickness and infinite conductivity (zero Biot number). g.

Headers and nozzles are welded directly onto the final core block. 15. Note the 'short, fat' shape, a characteristic of the low hydraulic diameter, for duties involving high gas flow rates with pressure drop constraint (see chapters 4 and 6). 12 that the surface form of this exchanger is strictly-speaking of the plate-fin type, but with the fin of decreasing thickness towards the tip (at the plate join). 14 Illustrating the flexibility of the concept for simple crossflow, and for cross-counterflow with unbalanced capacity rates.

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