March 2022

Heat Transfer

Modularization of air-cooled heat exchangers: A “plug and play” solution

An air-cooled heat exchanger—also called an air fin cooler—is used to reject the heat from a fluid (liquid or gas, or a mixture of liquid and gas) directly to the ambient air.

Dixit, A. K., Graham India Pvt. Ltd.

An air-cooled heat exchanger—also called an air fin cooler—is used to reject the heat from a fluid (liquid or gas, or a mixture of liquid and gas) directly to the ambient air. The hot fluid flows inside the finned tubes of the tube bundle, while the cold ambient air passes outside the finned tubes in a cross-flow to exchange the heat. The ambient air can be forced by using a fan coupled with a motor, or without fans (i.e., by natural convection). In general, the tube bundle assembly is mounted on its support structure of suitable height, ensuring sufficient stack for air entrance. Air-cooled heat exchangers are used in a wide range of industries and products, typically including gas compres

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