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Plate Heat Exchangers

Plate heat exchangers are a type of heat transfer unit that are constructed of mounted plates in a rigid frame that creates parallel flow channels for the passage of liquids and gases. Used commonly in residential, commercial and industrial applications, flat plate heat exchangers are designed to offer an efficient heat transfer process for applications in which the flow of materials and the temperature of the materials are moderate. Read More…

Plate Heat Exchangers Plate heat exchangers are a type of heat transfer unit that are constructed of mounted plates in a rigid frame that creates parallel flow channels for the passage of liquids and gases.

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Coon Valley, WI  |  608-452-3103

IHT is an ASME/PED MILSPEC qualified custom manufactuer of continuous plate fin and tube based heat transfer solutions. Our continuous fins give you the highest performance to coil face area ratio allowing for smaller units with faster ROI.

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Industrial Heat Transfer, Inc. $$$

McDonough, GA  |  800-780-3776

Heat-Exchanger USA has over 20 years of experience designing and manufacturing shell and tube heat exchangers. All of our heat exchangers are backed by top-notch technical expertise, and we work with you to understand your needs.

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Medford, WI  |  715-748-5888

Enerquip LLC is a leading provider of heating and cooling solutions, primarily through manufacturing custom and standard shell & tube heat exchangers for a wide range of industries.

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Decatur, IL  |  217-422-2770

Mason Manufacturing is a custom fabricator of shell and tube heat exchangers, ASME pressure vessels, columns, and tanks.

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Taylor, TX  |  866-936-6736

For over 45 years, Noren has designed innovative, eco-friendly thermal solutions that proactively regulate temperature and protect sensitive technology from harmful conditions.

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Milwaukee, WI  |  800-488-0230

Anguil designs, manufactures, installs and services heat and energy recovery systems for industrial applications and manufacturing operations.

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The plates of flat plate heat exchangers are mounted in such a way so that the flow of hot and cool liquid runs counter to the other without coming into direct contact. The plates used in the mechanism are typically fabricated from a conductive metal such as stainless steel or aluminum. The plates will come under a certain amount of pressure due to the temperature changes and pressure of flow, therefore the material chosen needs to be durable.

There is also a chance of thermal stress and shock as one side of the plate is exposed to cool liquid while the other side is exposed to heated liquid. As the respective temperatures are absorbed by the plate, it may experience some stress and needs to be strong enough to maintain its shape under that stress.

Plate heat exchangers are used in heating, cooling, steam and industrial processes in equipment such as chillers, refrigeration and HVAC processes. Another common use of these exchangers is in domestic water heating applications using small versions of the mechanisms.

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There are many advantages to using plate heat exchangers in place of alternate options such as shell and tube heat exchangers or spiral heat exchangers. Flat plate exchangers are relatively small compared to the amount of liquid they are able to process. They offer high performance results in terms of efficiency as the rate of heat transfer is directly comparable to the amount of surface area available.

The flat plates offer a large surface area, further increased by the addition of a corrugated surface that allows for a large amount of heat to be transferred through the plate at one time. The corrugations also create disruptions in the flow of liquid that increase the exposure of the liquid to the plate surface and therefore further increase the rate of transfer.

Further advantages include the low installations costs and typically low maintenance costs of plate heat exchangers. While certain materials processed with these exchanges may leave residual traces on the plates that require cleaning, the structures generally are simple and durable. Plate heat exchangers can also be used in the process of waste heat recovery, allowing manufacturers to make their processes greener.

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