Our company slogan says: ”Optimized Heat Exchanger Solutions”. But what does this actually mean? What is a heat exchanger? If you are an expert in the field, you are probably shaking your head to such a silly question, but I do believe there are people out there who do not live and breath heat exchange. And this post is for those people. So ladies and gents: here is a short introduction to the very basics of heat exchangers.
In short, a heat exchanger is a component for transferring heat between two mediums of different temperatures. The transfer happens either through conduction, radiation or through convection. Conduction and convection are probably the ones that don’t sound too familiar, so we’ll cover those briefly. In conduction, heat is always transferred from a higher temperature to a lower temperature, so from hot to cold and trying to even out the difference in temperatures. In convection, the heat energy is transferred away from the source of heat in a gas or liquid flow. This is caused by difference in temperatures, which in turn causes differences in densities. For example; think about how warm air always tends to rise upwards.
The functionality of plate heat exchangers can be optimized and customized in several ways, for example adjusting the pattern in the plates or the spacing between them, but since this post was all about the basics, we’ll focus on them some other time. And though we didn’t even begin to cover them, all the products from Ekocoil Group are in fact some types of heat exchangers.