How to Evaluate a Plate Type Heat Exchanger

When considering what plate type heat exchanger to purchase for your business, you need to evaluate what it will be used for. What type of industry are you in? Are you planning to transfer heat between low-pressure, medium-pressure, or high-pressure fluids?

Virtually every plate type heat exchanger looks the same on the outside, but it’s the inside that differentiates them. Specifically, the sealing technology and the plate design details will vary between these exchangers.

Main Factors to Consider When Evaluating Plate Type Heat Exchangers

There are two main types of corrugation within a heat exchanger: Chevron and intermating corrugations. The most common type used is the chevron, since there is greater heat transfer produced from chevrons whenever the pressure drop is lower.

To optimize your plate type heat exchanger, you need to maximize the amount of heat transfer and lower the pressure drops. In these types of exchangers, there is much resistance to flow, causing a loss due to friction.

Corrugated plate heat exchangers have higher pressure capacity and a turbulent flow due to the narrow corridor between the plates. As a result, more pumping power is needed to move the liquid. The shape of the heat exchanger is key to getting the most heat transference.

Consider the Company that Services Your Exchanger

Having a high-quality exchanger for your business is just step one. Ensuring it lasts for many years is key, as cracks, gasket breaches, and pinholes can occur after years of use. To avoid accidents and downtime, it’s critical you have an experienced company that can service your exchanger and ensures it remains in top condition.

Lincoln Suppliers, Inc. has a patented-proven HTST Dye Check Plate process that lessens your downtime and costs less than other alternatives. In addition, we come to your location to do it. We can also replace the plate and do complete re-gasketing if needed. We will beat any quoted price. Request a quote or place an order online here or call us toll-free at (800) 622-8425.