How to Model a Shell and Tube Heat Exchanger
Shell and tube heat exchangers are one of the most widely used type of heat exchanger in the processing industries (65% of the market according to H. S. Lee’s book, Thermal Design) and are commonly found in oil refineries, nuclear power plants, and other large-scale chemical processes. Additionally, they can be found in many engines and are used to cool hydraulic fluid and oil. There are a variety of different configurations for these heat exchangers, but their basic concept can be designed through the modeling of several key components. These components can then be modified depending on the heat exchanger’s specific use, allowing this fundamental design to be utilized in a variety of different application areas. Here, I will show you how to model a shell and tube heat exchanger using COMSOL Multiphysics in a step-by-step video tutorial.