Today's heat exchangers represent a shift in heating technology from simpler setups of past eras. Heat exchangers work according to advanced physics to radiate heat in specific, efficient ways. A heat exchanger may be set up in a number of ways, but all of them serve to direct temperature into specific locations for using the thermal energy, however it is generated, to its fullest potential. Businesses use heat exchangers in any number of industrial roles. Knowing about some of the common terminology will help business leaders who are shopping, buying or brainstorming use within a specific context.
Thermodynamics is the study of energy conversion between different forms. Engineers and others use this science to determine how well heat exchangers work and to strive to make heat exchanger models more effective.
Heat transfer coefficient
The heat transfer coefficient is a measure that engineers use for the effectiveness of a heat exchanger.
Plate heat exchangers
Plate heat exchangers are a specific type of heat exchanger that are built for a specific kind of heat transfer and efficiency. Plate heat exchangers are a good industrial solution for many kinds of temperature control projects.
Ceramic heat exchangers
Ceramic heat exchangers are models that take advantage of the conductive qualities of ceramic material to provide a heating unit. Ceramic heating is popular with small residential space heaters, but can be used in industrial capacities as well.
Shell and tube heat exchangers
The shell and tube heat exchanger generally consists of an outer shell filled with smaller tubes. A fluid runs through the tubes and another runs outside of the tubes through the shell. These two fluids at different temperatures facilitate an exchange.
When a business uses natural water or another similar element in its heat exchanger apparatus, there is the possibility of biofouling. Biofouling happens when natural debris or organic elements get into a heating or cooling system and jam elements of its operation.