As many in industry have already discovered, converting to a plate-and-shell heat exchanger like Alfa Laval DuroShell can mean improved performance – and an improved bottom line.
If your business is unsure about making the switch, here are five reasons that may change your mind:
Bulky shell-and-tube designs pose particular challenges for power plants and petrochemical facilities dealing with space limitations. This can cause acute issues during expansion projects, where plants are looking to add capacity within a minimal existing footprint, or simply where debottlenecking is necessary. Plate-and-shell models are much more compact, offering a number of clear benefits – from simplified installation to increased operational efficiency.
Shell-and-tubes are notoriously prone to fouling, limiting their heat transfer capabilities over time. By switching to a unit such as DuroShell, turbulence created across the plate makes it possible to reduce or even eliminate fouling problems altogether. The result is more reliable performance and a longer lifetime for equipment used in demanding applications.
The flow distribution and reduced fouling give plate-and-shell heat exchangers like DuroShell much higher thermal efficiency than their shell-and-tube counterparts. This in turn creates new possibilities for increased productivity and energy savings.
Due to fouling problems, businesses using shell-and-tube heat exchangers are forced to devote a great deal of time to labour-intensive maintenance. For plate-and-shell units like DuroShell, complicated cleaning processes are replaced with quicker, simpler solutions such as back flushing or Cleaning-in-Place systems.
With DuroShell as your choice of plate-and-shell heat exchanger, the initial investment will be much lower than with most shell-and-tube units. However, savings on CAPEX is only the start. There is also a much lower total cost of ownership thanks to minimized service needs combined with the possibility of a reduction in overall energy consumption.
A patented plate pattern optimizes thermal efficiency with improved fatigue resistance, flow distribution and mechanical strength.
Patented design enables improved fluid distribution, mechanical strength and unparalleled fatigue resistance.