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Temperature Difference In Plate-Fin Exchange

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#1 Ghasem.Bashiri


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Posted 03 February 2021 - 10:45 AM

Based on ALPEMA and API standard, temperature difference between process streams within cold box (Plate-fin) exchanger should be maximum 50 for single phase and 30 for two phase. 

It is possible to ignore such recommendation?


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7.4.3 The plate-fin heat exchanger shall be designed for the following maximum temperature differences between streams at any point in the heat exchanger: a) 50 °C (90 °F) for single-phase streams with steady-state operating conditions; and B) 30 °C (54 °F) for two-phase streams or those with transient or cyclic operating conditions.

#2 ChEf


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Posted 03 February 2021 - 11:20 AM

A brazed aluminum heat exchanger shall be designed according to the temperature differences allowed by the standards, to guarantee its mechanical integrity.

In case you have a greater temperature difference, I would suggest a printed circuit heat exchanger.

#3 Pilesar


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Posted 03 February 2021 - 02:28 PM

Brazed aluminum heat exchanger standards in ALPEMA are based on consensus from the major manufacturers. You can abuse these exchangers at the risk of shortened life which is difficult to predict precisely. Evaluate the risk as there is significant lead time for a replacement exchanger. Depending on the service, consider partially bypassing the exchanger to keep the internal temperatures close.

#4 Ghasem.Bashiri


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Posted 05 February 2021 - 07:50 AM

In an existing plant we have deviation from ALPEMA recommendaiton for temperature difference.

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