Brazed plate heat exchangers | Alfa Laval

Brazed plate heat exchangers

Alfa Laval copper-brazed plate heat exchangers are a compact, efficient and maintenance-free solution for heating, cooling, evaporation and condensing in numerous applications. Each unit is designed for duty optimization, with a range of unique features that ensure both superior thermal performance and maximum reliability. This enables the longest possible service life – even under conditions with extremely high design pressures.

Alfa Laval Brazed plate heat exchanger

Sustainable heat transfer

  • Lightweight brazed construction offers much greater thermal efficiency and 75% smaller footprint than comparable shell-and-tubes.
  • The flexible DynaStatic distribution system in AC models enables higher efficiency in any evaporator duty and with any refrigerant
  • Alfa Laval’s FlexFlow plate design provides channel asymmetry that can be tailored to fit the application
  • We help you select the optimal pressing depth, plate pattern and configuration for your application
  • An ideal solution for use with natural refrigerants, thanks to the compact footprint, optimized plate design and high design pressure

With a robust and reliable construction, Alfa Laval’s comprehensive range of brazed plate technology offers a smart alternative to traditional heat exchangers. The application experience of Alfa Laval’s heating and cooling experts, combined with our continuous innovation in design and manufacturing techniques, ensures you always have access to the most competitive solution available. Example positions for our brazed heat exchangers include air conditioning and process chillers, commercial and industrial refrigeration, district heating and domestic hot water, heat pumps, gas boilers, energy storage, fuel cells, oil and fuel cooling, hydraulics, engine cooling, air compressors, and air driers.

The Alfa Laval AC65 – total efficiency for residential heat pump applications

Offering thermal efficiency, developmental efficiency, and process efficiency, the AC65 is a next-generation heat exchanger for the high-volume heat pump market. It offers unrivalled quality and exceptional performance with the lowest possible charge, making it the perfect fit for low-GWP refrigerants, including R290.

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The Alfa Laval AC540 family–optimized for low-GWP refrigerants

The world of refrigerants is evolving rapidly, driven by environmental concerns, and by the challenge of achieving ever-higher efficiency from the new generation of low-GWP refrigerants, such as R32 and carbon dioxide. To address the many new challenges facing the HVAC industry, Alfa Laval developed the AC540 family of brazed heat exchangers, with designs that are optimized to work with the refrigerant of your choice.

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How it works

Alfa Laval brazed plate heat exchangers are carefully engineered to ensure the greatest possible thermal performance within the smallest possible footprint. Watch this animation to learn more about their basic operation.

The easy way to reduce your energy costs and increase energy efficiency

A refund is just the start of your savings potential with the new exchange programme. Alfa Laval’s innovative heat exchanger technology will significantly increase the energy efficiency of your processes. That means drastically lower power consumption and carbon emissions, along with a significant reduction in your long-term operating costs.

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Enabling sustainable, efficient and safe heating and cooling with propane

Together, Alfa Laval and Simaka Energie- und Umwelttechnik GmbH designed an innovative heat pump solution for a Swiss supermarket chain. The system is built with three high-capacity Alfa Laval brazed plate heat exchangers and uses low-GWP propane as refrigerant, delivering long-term sustainability, energy efficiency, and a safe operation.

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Accelerate sustainable solutions

Imagine a more sustainable world. A world where it takes less to produce even more. A world where we efficiently meet our growing energy demands and simultaneously reduce CO2 emissions. Image a world where we can harness the power of natural resources, while preserving them at the same time. At Alfa Laval, we don’t just imagine this world. We’re building it - together with our customers and our partners.

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Quick selection guide

The Alfa Laval product guide is an easy-to-use tool to help you select the best solution for your application. It also lists local Alfa Laval partners and you can request a quotation for your selected product.

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Higher efficiency. Smaller footprint.

Does your operation still rely on bulky, old-fashioned shell-and-tube heat exchangers for heating or cooling in your processes? Are you curious to learn about the benefits of switching to brazed designs? Brazed plate heat exchanger technology offers significantly higher thermal efficiency than comparable shell-and-tube models, within a much smaller footprint. Among other things, this can help you reduce energy consumption, increase your heat recovery potential, and resolve space and bottleneck issues in your plant. Ready to take the next step? Visit our Heating & Cooling Hub today to find tools and information to help you identify the right solution for your operation.

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Unique features to boost your performance

With more than 80 years of experience in heat transfer innovation, Alfa Laval knows what it takes to deliver high-performance solutions for any application. Our experts continuously develop new innovations that give our brazed plate heat exchangers more reliable and efficient performance.

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Unparalleled strength for demanding duties

Our innovative plate designs support the widest range of high-temperature and high-pressure applications. Units can run using thinner plates and fewer plates, which translates to less raw material, lower energy consumption, reduced refrigerant charge and a longer equipment lifecycle.

 

ValuePlus

Total support – with value-adding options to fit your needs

Get access to a wide range of tools as well as Alfa Laval’s application and product experts. ValuePlus support includes all documentation, approvals and certifications in addition to an ever-expanding range of accessories. Thanks to Alfa Laval’s prototyping and testing expertise as well as our large-scale manufacturing capabilities, you can always expect fast delivery, easy installation and optimization, and full compliance with any regulations.

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A future-proof investment for tomorrow’s refrigerants

As an innovative driver in the development of solutions for natural refrigerants, Alfa Laval brings years of experience working with products that enable the use of new-generation and low-GWP refrigerants to help you meet sustainability goals and any legislative requirements.

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Flexible refrigerant distribution

This breakthrough production method lets you fully tailor the placement, size and number of inlets to fit your specific application, ensuring the optimal refrigerant distribution system for your products. The result is higher efficiency with the flexibility to use low-GWP refrigerants.

FlexFlow™

Superior thermal performance

Alfa Laval’s patented asymmetrical plate design is one of many unique innovations that gives you improved thermal efficiency thanks to optimized pressure drop and increased turbulence. In addition to cutting energy consumption, that means reducing refrigerant volumes and raw materials.

IceSafe

Controlled, non-destructive freezing

For applications that require it, we can supply plate heat exchangers designed to allow ice crystals to form under certain operating conditions, but displaced from sensitive areas. This ensures both reliable performance and a long product life.


Guidance from leading experts

Refrigerants of tomorrow

Questions about today’s refrigerants market? Our experts can help you understand the changes taking place and provide guidance for picking the best refrigerant for your needs.

Energy efficiency

Advancements in heat exchanger innovation are making it possible to achieve much greater energy efficiency from your equipment. Let us introduce you to the latest features for boosting sustainability in your application.

Simplicity for your business

Alfa Laval has taken the complexity out of selecting the right heat exchanger. Learn about the tools we have for helping you get the right technology for your business right when you need it.


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Contact us

Do you have questions about our portfolio of brazed and fusion bonded plate heat exchangers? We can work with you to find the optimal model to fit your specific needs.