In addition to air conditioning, refrigeration, and large-scale central heating, heat exchangers have a wide variety of industrial applications. After all, for many plants and factories it is crucial that measures are taken to prevent gasses, chemicals, water, and even the machinery itself from becoming overheated. Furthermore, heat exchange can be used to redirect heat exhaust in such a way that it can actually be taken advantage of.
Heat exchange is basically the process by which a warmer medium is exposed to a cooler medium and a transfer of heat occurs. This can be achieved a number of different ways. Here is a breakdown of the most commonly used heat exchange processes and apparatus.
Adiabatic Cooling Systems
Adiabatic coolers are used mainly in industrial applications, although they are also used in large-scale air conditioning systems for buildings.
For the physicist, an adiabatic process is one in which no heat is exchanged between a closed system and the environment.
Adiabatic cooling, on the other hand, is a physical process by which microscopic droplets of water are evaporated in order to cool air currents in such a way that the dry temperature drops, while at the same time absolute and relative humidity increases.
There are many advantages to adiabatic cooling systems, but here are some of the main positive points:
- An Energy Saving Inverter
- No Chemical Treatments of Water are Required
- Low Maintenance
- Low Costs of Operation
UK Heat Exchangers
Industrial liquid-to-liquid heat exchangers can be used for both heating and cooling applications. They can also be used to treat waste water and in other industrial processes that require the transfer of heat on a large scale.
There are three main variations on uk heat exchangers
Brazed Plate Heat Exchanger
- Brazed Plate Heat Exchanger An extremely efficient manner of heat transfer with a very low life-cycle cost. A compact size makes a brazed plate heat exchanger an ideal choice for small spaces and the solid and simple construction makes it essentially leak proof.
Shell and Tube Heat Exchangers
- Shell and Tube Heat Exchangers This style of heat exchanger is ideal for applications in which the user requires a greater level of control over the amount of pressure and exact temperature. As such, these are the heat exchangers preferred by the petrochemical industry. Multiple tubes are mounted in a cylindrical shell. One fluid flowsmoves outside of the tubes while another fluid moves through the tubes.
Gasketed Plate Heat Exchangersgasketed plate heat exchangerelastometric gaskets
- Gasketed Plate Heat Exchangers With a gasketed plate heat exchanger there are elastometric gaskets mounted to a frame plate and a pressure plate. These gaskets redirect the fluids into different channels.
Dry Air Cooling
Given that conservation of water is increasingly becoming a serious concern as industry progresses into the 21st century, dry air cooling technology is becoming more prevalent. This extremely green friendly temperature controlling technology comes in two main forms: Air-Cooled Condensers and Air Fin Coolers.