Plate heat exchangers are suitable for different field of applications.
On chemical and pharma plants we use them as vent condenser from some years with customer satisfaction.
It’s a complex installation both for design and material selection.
Design of this application involve different features
- thermal capacity
- solvent flow rate
- flow pressure
- flow speed
Thermal capacity is the minor issue, designer must take in account the last 3 point for correct and functional plate heat exchanger dimension and project.
Compliance of gasket and plate material is the other issue to control with the best accuracy.
On a big plant started on january we set some vent condenser with titanium plates, some other with stainless steel and all with PTFE gaskets.