Educational: Shell-and-tube Heat Exchangers in Refineries

Posted Date:
April 15, 2015
Facilitated by:
Aaron Smith

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.