Which Heat Exchanger Is Best? The Three Main Types Explained…”
Heat exchangers all work by passing a hot fluid and a cold fluid across opposite sides of a piece of metal. The heat from one fluid passes across the metal (which is thermally conductive) into the other fluid without the fluids making contact. High fluid velocity, high turbulence, high surface area and a large temperature differential all contribute to more efficient heat transfer. However, different designs are more efficient than others depending on the application.
There are three common kinds of heat exchangers. They can all be effective in a variety of heat transfer applications, but optimizing efficiency, cost, and space depend heavily on the particular process in which the heat exchanger is installed. This article explains the basic qualitative differences between common heat exchangers to help you decide which is most appropriate for your application…
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