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Aluminium plate fin heat exchangers

Vacuum brazed plate-fin heat exchangers are key components in many process plants. They can be advantageously used instead of other heat exchanger types, like tubular heat ex-changers. Especially with regard to compactness the plate-fin heat exchangers are one of the most favourable possibilities to save installation space and costs.

Plate-fin heat exchangers can treat many pro- cess streams in only one unit thus avoiding expensive interconnecting piping of different units.The aluminium alloys used for fabrication of brazed plate-fin heat exchangers provide best possible heat transfer, allow the application in low temperature service and reduce drastically the equipment weight to be supported.

Single-phase liquid and gaseous streams can be treated as well as vaporising and condensing fluids. Beside the usual counter-flow design also cross-flow arrangement can be realized. Each aluminium plate-fin heat exchanger is specially designed for the required thermal and hydraulic performance thus providing an exactly fitting and very economical process equipment.

Additional customer requirements can easily be considered, e.g. with regard to already existing pipe connections or support structures to be met.

Applications
Plate-fin heat exchangers can be used for a wide range of applications, especially for low temperature services and treatment of clean fluids.

Beside others the main applications are:
- Petrochemical plants
- Gas treatment plants
- Natural gas liquefaction plants
- Air separation plants
- Helium liquefaction plants

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