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Tube heat exchangers are designed to transfer heat energy from one liquid to another without direct contact between the two liquids, ensuring that there is no mixing. Typically used for high pressure and high temperature applications, tube heat exchangers are extremely durable due to the shape of their design. Read More…

Tube Heat Exchangers A tube heat exchanger, also known as a shell and tube heat exchanger, consists of a series of tubes within a shell, or large pressure vessel. The tubes can be several different types of tubes, including plain or longitudinally finned, which can be either in a straight or U-tube bundle, or set of tubes. U-tubes are when the tube bundle is bent in a U-shape.
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Coon Valley, WI  |  608-452-3103

IHT is an ASME/PED MILSPEC qualified custom manufactuer of continuous plate fin and tube based heat transfer solutions. Our continuous fins give you the highest performance to coil face area ratio allowing for smaller units with faster ROI.

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Industrial Heat Transfer, Inc. $$$

Medford, WI  |  715-748-5888

Enerquip is your trusted shell and tube heat exchanger partner. Our in-house, thermal design engineers and ASME welders and fabricators can design and build custom engineered solutions for your company’s specific needs. Our experience and expertise have earned us a preferred supplier status with leading companies in the pharmaceutical, food and beverage, cannabis, personal care, chemical, refining, and renewable energy markets. When you need a solution that is guaranteed to work, trust the helpful heat exchanger experts at Enerquip.

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Enerquip, LLC $$$

Decatur, IL  |  217-422-2770

Mason Manufacturing is a custom fabricator of shell and tube heat exchangers, ASME pressure vessels, columns, and tanks. Located in Decatur, Illinois, Mason has over 60 years of experience providing customers with custom fabricated vessels that conform to customer specifications, applicable codes, accepted industry standards and that are consistently shipped on time with competitive pricing. It’s our promise.

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Mason Manufacturing LLC $$$

Newberry, SC  |  704-907-6662

Since 1986, Thermaflo Incorporated has excelled in the selling, engineering, maintaining, and now the production of steam fired hot water heaters and condensate return systems. Because of our holistic history, we know how to manufacture top-tier equipment built to last, including heat exchangers, water heaters, pumps, valves, and more. We have three specialized divisions: the Water Heater & Hydronic Group, the Feed Water & Clean Steam Group, and the Steam Specialties & Systems Group.

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Thermaflo Engineering Co. $$$

Milwaukee, WI  |  800-488-0230

Anguil designs, manufactures, installs and services heat and energy recovery systems for industrial applications and manufacturing operations. By utilizing waste heat from energy consuming processes, Anguil heat exchanger technologies reduce a company’s operating costs, lower their carbon footprint and lessen their energy consumption. Our track record includes the ability to blend time-tested, standard products with innovative, custom engineered solutions.

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Anguil Environmental Systems, Inc. $$$
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As the most common type of heat exchanger used in oil refineries and large chemical processes, tube heat exchangers offer several variations in design that allow them to be useful for different applications. Applications that tube heat exchangers are utilized in include waste water heat recovery, process heat removal, hot tubs, air conditioning, transmission and engine coolers, oil coolers and boiler sample coolers.

Tube heat exchangers serve industrial and commercial industries as well as marine, heating and cooling, automotive, aerospace, waste treatment, food processing and pharmaceutical.

There are three main designs for tube heat exchangers: U-tube heat exchangers, straight-tube heat exchangers and spiral heat exchangers. The basic design of the tube exchanger, however, does not alter much. Inside of the tube heat exchanger's shell there is a tube bundle: one tube houses the fluid that must be heated or cooled, while the other tube houses the liquid that will transfer the heating or cooling energy.

In order to transfer the thermal energy the second tubing runs over the first tubing. The tube walls are metal wall partitions that act as conductors between the two fluids. Thermal energy only flows from the hotter to the cooler in an attempt to reach equilibrium. The surface area of these partitions affect speed and efficiency: the larger a partition's surface area, the faster and more efficient the heat transfer.

In a U-tube heat exchanger the tube bundle is used to contain the fluid on the outside of the tube bundle and a head assembly is bolted to the shell in order to direct the fluid into the tube bundle. Straight-tube designs allow tube heat exchangers to handle heavy flowing fluids or applications where temperature cross conditions exist. Spiral heat exchangers have a spiral body made from two flat surfaces, typically metal strips, which are coiled to form two spiral channels.

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