Transferring Heat

Joint effort to reach power generators; features replaceable heat transfer plates

Posted on November 15, 2013

Tranter Inc. and Westinghouse Electric Co. LLC. have entered into a joint agreement to develop a modular shell and plate feedwater heater (SPFWH) for use in the power industry.

Tranter said the SPFWH design features the heat transfer surface that is comprised of modular welded heat transfer plates, which are easily replaceable as needed and provide sustainable long-term thermal performance and mechanical reliability. Bolted removable heads and removable plate cores provide access to all of the heat transfer surface and other critical internals.

Welded shell and plate heat exchangers are a recent technology based on gasket plate heat exchanger designs used in power as well as other industries. The welded shell and plate designs are currently in use in several industries and, compared to traditional shell and tube designs, are relatively compact, have higher heat transfer coefficients, and are more easily serviceable, the company said.

Tranter is a global engineering and manufacturing group specializing in thermal management in the process industries, district heating and within the building sector.

Westinghouse Electric Co. LLC., a group company of Toshiba Corp., is a nuclear energy company and supplier of nuclear plant products and technologies to utilities throughout the world.