Utilizing the Power of CFD
CFD analysis is one of the most successful and comprehensive methods of solving heat exchanger problems. HTRI effectively uses CFD simulation in its research and contract projects to improve heat exchanger performance for customers worldwide. HTRI’s ongoing experimental research provides physical insights to developing appropriate CFD approaches and wider opportunities for validation.Download CFD Info Sheet
How We Can Help
CFD studies can assist in the design stage to identify potential problems as well as resolve operational issues after the exchanger is in service. We have used CFD to solve many clients’ heat exchanger problems in plants:
Detailed flow velocities and temperature distribution across the exchanger bundle
Bundle dryout resulting in decreased heat transfer?
Kettle circulation and vapor fraction profiles
Extent of flow stagnation regions, local shear stress
Poor utilization of allowable pressure drop?
Shortened equipment life cycle?
Shear and pressure forces on components
Flow maldistribution and excessive pressure drop?
Flow profile in header or channel
Low benefit-to-cost ratio for heat transfer enhancement techniques?
Heat flux and pressure drop of enhanced geometries
Excessive tube vibration?
Flow distribution in tube bundles, actual 3D velocity profile for annular distributor or impingement device
Lower performance due to bypassing?
Distribution of shellside flow
Why is CFD from HTRI Valuable to Members and Clients?
- Quick turnaround
- Cost effective
- Guidance from industry know-how
- Synergy with Xchanger Suite®, our design software
- Experience with analysis of heat exchangers
- Validation with testing
HTRI’s Personal Approach
Our researchers meticulously review your problem from every angle and utilize state-of-the-art analysis tools to
- outline an efficient computational modeling approach
- define simulation boundary and initial conditions and outputs
- generate a mesh consistent with the computational approach
- simulate the case with appropriate software packages, including those with multiphysics capabilities
- post-process the results and prepare a comprehensive report containing your engineering solution
Learn more about how HTRI has helped customers with their CFD simulations.
Reducing Shellside Maldistribution in a Condenser
Find out how HTRI helped a company investigate methods to mitigate shellside flow maldistribution for an X-shell condenser.Read More
Reducing Hot Air Recirculation around Air-cooled Heat Exchangers
Discover how HTRI helped enhance the performance of a bank of API 661 air-cooled heat exchangers at a refinery.Read More
Thermal Rating and Vibration Assessment of Disk-And-Doughnut Exchangers
Learn how HTRI helped a company improve their understanding and modeling of disk-and-doughnut heat exchangers.Read More
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