Educational: Shell-and-tube Heat Exchangers in Refineries
Oil refineries fractionate components by exploiting their boiling point differences. This process is energy intensive, requiring the oil to be heated to temperatures up to 750 °F. Heat exchangers are critical to recovering the heat input and to making the process more efficient and economical. Because of their key role in the crude preheat train, shell-and-tube heat exchangers are the most important exchanger type for refineries.
Focusing on shell-and-tube heat exchangers, this webinar covers refinery operation and the types of heat exchangers used in refineries. It also describes major components and general design considerations for shell-and-tube heat exchangers in refineries.