Heat Exchangers, also frequently known as condensers, are from a category of equipment that allows for the efficient transference of heat between two separate types of medium. They are used so that heat can either be added or removed between two fluids. This makes them appropriate for processes requiring heating, cooling, or condensing vapors.
This machinery is appropriate for both vertical and horizontal orientation and is both temperature and pressure rated. Among the industries in which heat exchangers are most frequently found are in refrigeration, space heating, chemical, petrochemical, and power plants, sewage treatment, processing of natural gas, and in petroleum refineries.
One of the most commonly recognized forms of heat exchanger equipment is found inside the standard internal combustion engine. This helps to ensure that the engine will keep an appropriate temperature without overheating. To do this, the heat exchanger circulates the engine coolant fluid through the coils in the radiator. Air is allowed to flow freely around those coils so that the fluid will be cooled down and the heat will be sent away in the air. The fluid then flows around through the combustion engine, absorbing its heat and then circulating back to send it off in the air once more.
The same overall principle is used within the various types of process industry heat exchangers. Among the forms that can be found for this equipment are shell and tube, plate, spiral and air cooled, and compoblock. Among all of these forms, the main idea is to allow a fluid to absorb heat from one area, and send it off into another through the exchange process. This could be used to warm something up or to cool it down, depending on the desired function of the process. In some forms this means exchanging heat between two fluids, while in others it could involve a fluid and the air.
There are also flow arrangement options to be considered. There are three primary types in this equipment. They are parallel-flow, counter-flow, and cross-flow. Among them, the most efficient is counter-flow, in which fluids enter into the equipment from opposite sides, exchanging the largest possible amount of heat along the way.
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