Shell and Tube Heat Exchangers

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Shell and Tube Heat Exchangers

Shell and tube heat exchangers are comprised, as the name suggests, of an exterior shell with a bundle of tubes running through the middle of it. These exchangers are the most common type of tube heat exchangers used in the process, petroleum and HVAC industries, and are used widely in large chemical processes.

Shell and tube exchangers are intended for heating and cooling process fluids at high pressures and due to their design offer a large heat transfer area, making them a provider of high heat transfer efficiency. They are used widely as water to water heat exchangers and water to air heat exchangers.Read More…Request for Quote

Shell and Tube Heat Exchangers Shell and tube heat exchangers are comprised, as the name suggests, of an exterior shell with a bundle of tubes running through the middle of it. These exchangers are the most common type of tube heat exchangers used in the process, petroleum and HVAC industries, and are used widely in large chemical processes.

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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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Heat Exchanger USA $$$

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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Enerquip, LLC $$$

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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Mason Manufacturing LLC $$$

Candiac, QC  |  450-444-4405

Since 1993, Thermofin has designed, manufactured and marketed a large range of high quality heat transfer products. Over the years, Thermofin has become one of Canada’s main heat exchanger manufacturer and one of North America’s leading manufacturer of extruded aluminum finned tubes.

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Thermofin $$$

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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Anguil Environmental Systems, Inc. $$$
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The larger the surface area available for heat exchange, the more efficient the heat exchange process will be. Therefore, bundles of tubes are often used to create the largest surface area possible. The shell or pressure vessel holds the bundle of tubes that are connected at either end. The tubes themselves are hollow and act as flow channels for one fluid that runs through them, the other fluid flows around them through the shell.

The tubes themselves may differ in type according to the desired results. The tube walls are made of a thermally conductive material in order to transfer heat from one substance to the other. However, as one side of the tube will have a different temperature to the other side of the tube, it must be durable enough to undergo structure stress during the heat exchange process.

As shell and tube exchangers are usually used for high pressure applications in the first place, the added structural stress of temperature shifts should also be considered when deciding upon a tube material. Metals such as copper alloy, steel - both stainless and carbon, nickel and titanium are ideal choices. Waste heat from industrial manufacturing processes can be fed into a shell and tube heat exchanger and used to heat a substance for another stage in the process.

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This method of heat exchange is not only efficient, but also conserves energy and is more cost-effective than relying on another source of heat production. Shell and tube heat exchangers are found in steam engines, power plants and nuclear power plants. They are often classified by the number of times the materials pass through the tubes in a complete cycle.

Shell and tube heat exchangers can be used for both liquids and gases as both are able to transfer heat. Shell and tube heat exchangers serve a wide range of applications in compressor systems, hydraulic systems, stationary engines, pain systems, vapor recovery systems, air dryers, lube oil consoles, and several marine applications.

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