Just 5 Days to Complete Heat Exchanger Conversion

The project involved a standard BEM-type heat exchanger that needed converting to make it suitable for high-pressure chemical use.

Powder Bulk Solids Staff

October 24, 2023

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HRS Heat Exchangers completed a conversion in 5 days
Here, the modified heat exchanger is being pressure tested.Image courtesy of HRS Heat Exchangers

More than 40 years’ experienc coupled with awesome teamwork paid off when HRS Heat Exchangers met an extremely tight deadline to convert an existing heat exchanger for a client.

Earlier this year, HRS worked on the project, which involved a standard BEM-type heat exchanger that needed converting to make it suitable for high pressure chemical use. The unit had to be collected from the client’s site, 1,300 km away from the HRS factory in Murcia, Spain; the necessary materials had to be procured; and once the modifications were complete, the unit had to be tested and returned to the client. And all in just five working days.

A BEM heat exchanger consists of a bundle of fixed tubes within an outer casing. The product passes through multiple tubes in order to maximize heat transfer, while the service fluid circulates around the tubes in the outer casing. An expansion joint allows for differences in the expansion of the tubes and the casing.

The upgrade work included modifying the heat exchanger’s 20-inch header to SCH 80S specification pipework and reinforcing the nozzles.

“Although the actual engineering involved in this project was relatively straightforward, the extremely tight timescale created a significant challenge," said Antonio Guillermo Jara, sales and process engineer at HRS Heat Exchangers. “In order to accomplish it, various functions within the HRS team had to work together, across procurement, logistics, manufacturing, and quality control. The team effort was incredible and ensured the project went without a hitch – in fact, we delivered the upgraded heat exchanger to the client with four hours to spare!”

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Established in 1983, Powder & Bulk Solids (PBS) serves industries that process, handle, and package dry particulate matter, including the food, chemical, and pharmaceutical markets.

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