Heat Exchanger Design Continues to Improve

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Many industries rely on heat exchangers. One kind, a plate heat exchanger, uses metal plates to transfer heat between two different fluids. This type of exchange a major advantage over a conventional heat exchanger because the fluids are exposed to a much larger surface area through the process of the fluids spreading out across the plates. This enables a faster and more effective transfer of heat. Available from a variety of vendors, heat exchangers are an important part of a number of industries, including the temperature control of buildings as diverse as schools, hospitals, and large malls.
Integrated Healing Technologies (IHT) is one of many companies that makes use of heat transfer coils. The IHT company provides technology-enabled wound care services through the use of many different heat exchange technologies. Companies that specialize in the delivery of advanced wound care systems and negative pressure wound therapy devices. With a mission to accelerate the healing of patients who suffer from chronic and acute wounds.
Engineering products are often originally developed for a specific purpose, but they often extend to serving different intents later on. Sometimes moving across entire industries, products like heat exchangers all operate on the same basic principles but are applied in a variety of different ways.
Consider some of these facts and figures about the use of heat exchangers and other technologies that are used in a variety of industries:

  • Parallel-flow or counterflow configuration, cross-flow configuration, and shell-and-tube configuration are the three types of heat exchangers.
  • Both the tube side fluid and the shell side fluid flow in same direction in parallel flow heat exchangers. In these systems, the two fluids enter the heat exchanger from the same end, but they both come in with a large temperature difference.
  • One fluid flows through tubes and a second fluid passes around the tubes perpendicularly in cross flow heat exchangers.
  • Without corrosion or something to seriously damage the shell, the shell portion of a heat exchanger can often last 40 or more years.
  • The revenue of heat exchanger and boiler manufacturing in the U.S. reached as much as $7 billion U.S. in the year 2013.
  • By the year 2021, the heat exchanger market is projected to reach $19.14 billion. This would represent a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 8.2%.

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