Hairpin heat exchangers design
As a registered HTRI member (© Heat Transfer Research, Inc.), at SACOME we have a new design tool, the Xhpe package, being this software suite a specific program for the calculation of hairpin heat exchangers. Thanks to this tool, our technicians are able to carry out an in-depth analysis of the heat transfer process that occurs in the U bundles of this type of heat exchangers, by getting a more optimized and reliable design.
HTRI integrates this calculation software in addition to the well-known modules of Xjpe for the design of double tube heat exchangers (tube-in-tube), and Xist for the design of multitubular heat exchangers (shell & tube), included in the version 7 of Xchanger Suite, thus endowing our technical department with the latest developments and advances in the field of heat transfer.
What is the configuration of a hairpin heat exchanger?
This design apparently consists of two shells that share a common U-shaped tube bundle. But, in fact, both shells make up a single volume since they are directly interconnected by a U-shaped header.
Unlike multi-pass heat exchangers (multiple passes in tubeside), hairpin heat exchangers have the peculiarity that the shellside stream circulates countercurrent to the tubeside flow, in all passes. This, together with a smaller shell section, makes it a more efficient and economical design compared to a multiple pass heat exchanger when the process requires a temperature crossing between the cold and hot fluid.
Advantages of hairpin heat exchangers
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