Design Improvements of a Shell and Tube Heat Exchanger Based on Practical Experience and Numerical Analysis

  • C. W. M. van der Geld
  • J. M. W. M. Schoonen
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Part of the EUROTHERM Seminars book series (EUROTHERM, volume 18)


It is shown that the performance, maintenance and lifespan of a vertical shell and tube evaporator critically depends on the geometry near the outlet. Several different geometries are examined both theoretically and experimentally, utilizing some heat exchangers of Shell Chemie B.V. Wear mechanisms are located, recognized and quantified with the aid of an eddy current measuring technique. In situ measurements during operation are performed in order to verify the 2-D numerical modelling.


Heat Exchanger Wear Rate Mass Flow Rate Shell Side Baffle Plate 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • C. W. M. van der Geld
    • 1
  • J. M. W. M. Schoonen
    • 1
  1. 1.Faculty of Mechanical EngineeringEindhoven University of TechnologyMB EindhovenThe Netherlands

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