Plate Heat Exchanger Benifits
High Efficiency Heat Transfer PerformanceThe embossed pattern of the Mueller Accu-Therm heat transfer plates promotes high turbulence at low fluid velocities. The high turbulence results in very high heat transfer coefficients. "U" values of 1,500 and greater are common.
Reduced FoulingThe Accu-Therm plate heat exchanger's high turbulence, uniform fluid flow, and smooth plate surface reduce fouling and the need for frequent cleaning.
Compact SizeBecause of the high thermal efficiency and high surface density, the plate heat exchanger requires 1/5 to 1/2 less floor space than other types of equivalent-duty heat transfer equipments. One can also service and maintain the plate heat exchanger in the same area it occupies when in operation.
Easy to Inspect and CleanBy simply removing the compression bolts and sliding away the movable end frame, one can visually inspect every square inch of the plate heat transfer surface. The unit also lends itself to easy and economical clean-in- place (CIP) procedures due to the amount of retained liquid being very low.
True Counter FlowIn the plate heat exchanger, fluids flow in opposite directions, resulting in greater effective temperature differences. This reduces the amount of heat transfer surface required.
Close-Approach TemperaturesAn important factor in regeneration and heat recovery applications is the approach temperatures of the heat transfer media. In the AccuTherm, very close approach temperatures of 1-2 F ( 0.5-1.00 C ) are possible because of the true ounter flow and high heat transfer efficiency of the plates.
Multiple Duties With a Single UnitIt is possible to heat or cool twoor more fluids within the same unit by simply installing intermediate divider sections.
Lower CostPlate heat exchangers are generally more economical than other types of equivalent-duty heat exchangers due to the higher thermal efficiency and lower manufacturing costs of plate heat exchangers.
LightweightThe plate heat exchanger is lighter in total weight than other types of heat exchangers because of reduced liquid volume and smaller surface area for a given application.
ExpandableThe expandable feature of the plate heat exchanger protects your investment. Should your heat transfer requirements change, your plate heat exchanger will not become obsolete. Instead, you can adjust the unit's thermal performance by releasing the compression bolts, rolling back the end frame, and adding or removing heat transfer plates.
High Viscosity ApplicationsSince the plate heat exchanger induces turbulence at low fluid velocities, it gains in practical application possibilities with high viscosity fluids.
Cross Contamination EliminatedIn the plate heat exchanger, each medium is gasketed individually gasketed. The space between gaskets is vented to atmosphere, eliminating the possibility of any cross contamination of fluids. This feature makes the plate heat exchanger especially ideal for applications where product contamination cannot be tolerated.