Shell and tube is out dated technology. Industrialist should update this with new Gasket plate and frame heat exchangers, the trending technology. Let’s find out the advantages of plate-and-frame heat exchanger:
1. Energy saving
Plate heat exchangers are more than five times efficient than shell-and-tube. They are designed to approach temperature as close as 1°F. Simply by replacing existing shell-and-tubes for compact heat exchangers, the heat recovery can also be increased. It results in using of more energy that have otherwise been wasted.
2. Less floor print
Plate and frame heat exchangers use less area. Compressed and unique design of plate and frame heat exchangers helped to achieve less floor space with increased efficiency.
3. Minimal and easy maintenance
Gasket Plate heat exchanger can function about 10 years without any maintenance. This is due to high quality of gasket plate. Cleaning can be done easily by removing the tight bolts and roll back the pressure plate. Moreover, corrugated plate patterns makes high degree of turbulence over the whole plate, which decreases fouling as well as makes cleaning extremely easy.
4. Easy Capacity adjustment
According to the need, capacity can be adjusted easily in plate-heat-exchangers by adding or removing the plate in the existing frame. This facility is not available in shell and tube plate. In Shell and tube plate, you have to decide the fixed capacity at the time of installation.
5. Minimal Initial cost
Gasket plate heat exchangers are cheaper than shell and tube plate. Also it take 1/10 of the floor space and light weighted about 1/16th of the shell and tube plate. It can easily transportable. The PHEs can be assemble and disassemble on site.
6. Plate Removal
Plate can be removed in pair if necessary without replacement.