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No matter if you have a chiller, a heat pump or a domestic hot water application, the new Hexact 5th generation heat exchanger design software will allow the right heat exchanger selection by always ensuring you get the latest product range and software features at hand.

Heat Exchanger Design Software

Hexact immediately identifies the right heat exchanger for your chiller, heat pump or other application. The heat exchanger design software covers both innovative MPHE and traditional BPHE types of brazed heat exchangers. It is easier than ever to find the right heat exchanger for your chiller, heat pump or other application.

Xchanger Suite is software for the rating, simulation, and/or design of a wide variety of heat transfer equipment, including shell-and-tube and non-tubular exchangers, air coolers and economizers, and fired heaters. Xchanger Suite modules include:

SmartPM performance monitoring, analysis, and prediction software for shell-and-tube heat exchanger networks supports a greater understanding of oil refinery operational performance. Through monitoring and reconciling plant data, SmartPM provides accurate performance predictions through detailed heat exchanger modeling. It enables engineers to make informed decisions regarding maintenance or energy use, such as determining optimal exchanger cleaning schedules.

Finding the best solution for your heat transfer system requires careful evaluation of capital, installation, operating, and maintenance costs. Exchanger Optimizer simplifies the complicated design process and could potentially save your company millions. Engineers can use this software to quickly obtain relative cost estimates, compare multiple configurations, and select the most cost-effective configuration.

If you need ASME UHX or TEMA heat exchanger design calculations, drawings, and reports then the COMPRESS heat exchanger option is for you. Up to eight design conditions can be investigated for fixed, u-tube, kettle, and floating tubesheet style exchangers. Both horizontal and vertical heat exchangers can be modeled. Highlights include:

A new software solution for the calculation of shell and tube heat exchangers featuring fluids and mixing assistant, sensible heat / condensation calculations, single pass and multi pass units, with or w/o baffles and many more features.

AHED was not born inside a University or Research Institute. AHED was developed by a group of heat transfer specialists with decades of experience in calculation, design and construction of industrial shell and tube heat exchangers. The AHED development team has successfully delivered heat transfer solutions in many industries and applications. Explore what AHED can offer for your industry. Read more...

To ensure the best calculation results, the AHED developpers have conducted a thorough search through scientific literature to make sure the best methods for calculation in heat transfer engineering are included in our software. Many heat exchanger projects have been designed succesfully with AHED, making it an industrially proven software solution.Read more...

Four license types are offered: bronze, silver, gold and platinum. Offering solution that range from academic purposes up to the level of heat exchanger professionals/experts. Check all license options and pricing.

At AHED we provide more than just software. We offer a range of services to help you get the best heat exchanger design possible. Program training is available for any users needing to help to get started.

Performing steady or transient conjugate heat transfer simulations determines heat exchanger performance and the impact of thermal stresses. Models can include fluid structure interaction, fatigue life prediction and multiphase boiling, condensation and evaporation.

Unilab provides various heat transfer software for all requirements, whether for individual heat exchangers or for complete units. In this article, we will provide a brief overview of the different Unilab software, starting from the single heat exchanger to complete units.

For the design and calculation of fin packed and smooth tube coils heat exchangers, also considering mixtures outside of the tubes, UNILAB COILS is the ideal program. Coils can be enriched by EASY, the technical 3D module of UNILAB COILS, which allows the automatic or manual circuitation of the Coils heat exchanger.

The design and rating of electric heat exchangers, such as electric coils with or without fins, electric shell with Single Phase fluids, electric vaporizers with Bi-Phase fluids (with or without overheating) and indirect electrical heaters is handled by ELECTRIC SUITE. These heat exchangers are often used in Refining, Power, Pulp and Paper, Gas Engine and Gas Compression industries.

For Shell & tube, coaxial, plate H.E. and tube in tube heat exchangers, Unilab offers SHELL, COAX, PHE and TUBE IN TUBE respectively, collected together in our UNISUITE, and available individually as modules.

DEHUMIDIFIER HEAT PIPE, or DHP, is a Unilab software specifically designed for the selection and design of monoflat and wrap-around heat pipes. These heat exchangers are mainly used in tropical regions, characterized by high temperatures with a very high relative humidity, where traditional air conditioning units are, from an energy point of view, inefficient.

Unilab also looks at the Food & Beverage sector, with the development of PILLOW SUITE, which combines three modules: PILLOW, for the design of pillow plate heat exchangers, PCOIL, for the calculation of special heat exchangers made with pillow plates inserted side by side in a frame, and BMC Tank, for the calculation of bulk milk tank coolers using pillow plates.

GLHEPRO was developed as an aid in the design of vertical borehole-type ground loop heat exchangers used in geothermal heat pump systems. While GLHEPRO may be used for residential system design, it is aimed at commercial systems. The heat exchanger may be composed of any number of boreholes arranged in various configurations.

Heat exchangers (HEX) are crucial in many heat transfer applications, from cooling electronics to recuperating heat in industrial facilities. These devices are essential for thermal management as it ensures the product and processes perform as intended over their expected lifespan, and they are critical in energy production.

However, for many high-performance applications, we have reached the limit of what is technically possible using traditional manufacturing methods in terms of heat exchanger efficiency or size. This is where additive manufacturing technologies come into the picture. The design freedom of additive manufacturing allows you to create more innovative designs and empowers you to optimize heat exchanger performance.

Combustion engine cylinder heat sink of UAV drone designed by Cobra Aero, made from AlSi10Mg, an aluminum alloy.The additive manufacturing process enables you to create a range of optimized geometries to increase energy efficiency, system performance, and heat transfer. These new capabilities mean you can create novel additively manufactured heat exchanger designs featuring optimized internal geometry for varying heat transfer and flow conditions.

The makeup of each heat exchanger may differ, but the basic layout of each design is the same. Here are some important design considerations for the essential elements when designing heat exchangers for additive manufacturing.

The shape of a heat exchanger depends on the application and available design space. The traditional pill, ovular, or plate setups still provide high performance, but with additive manufacturing, you now have more freedom to explore a greater range of heat exchanger body shapes. For example, you can design heat exchangers with external dimensions that conform to the available irregular space or are embedded inside the structure of load-bearing components.

The core of the heat exchanger is typically filled with a lattice structure. Additive manufacturing is uniquely capable of producing these complex structures. TPMS structures, like the gyroid or diamond, yield the best results for liquid-to-liquid heat exchangers because they provide a large area for heat transfer and naturally separate the flow into domains. Beam-based lattices also find applications in one-domain solid-to-liquid or solid-to-air heat exchangers.

Inlet and outlet piping and plenums gradually introduce the flow into the heat exchanger and act as a pressurized buffer zone. Their geometry can be optimized using CFD data, engineering intuition, and expertise to distribute the flow evenly and reduce pressure drop.

Increasing the complexity of the core often leads to higher pressure drops between the inlet and the outlet of the heat exchanger. A higher pressure drop means you need a larger pump to drive the system. However, this is not always an available option due to space or cost constraints or because you are replacing an existing heat exchanger on a system designed for a specific pressure drop.

You can use various techniques to ensure that pressure remains consistent throughout the heat exchanger. Creating a uniform flow distribution, introducing flow guides, and manipulating the lattice core are effective ways to minimize the pressure drop.

You may be facing several size, weight, and shape constraints when designing your HEX. For example, you may have the same amount of space in your product for the HEX but need increased heat transfer. Or you might want to embed some heat transfer functionality, like cooling channels, in the structural components.

Metal powder bed fusion is a commonly used 3D printing technique that involves using a laser or electron beam to melt and fuse the material powder. You can use the following methods in heat exchanger design: direct metal laser sintering (DMLS), electron beam melting (EBM), and selective laser sintering (SLS).

With MPBF methods, you can manufacture lighter heat exchangers that require less space and feature complex geometries and maximized surface area. These methods enable the production of 3D shapes from a computer model by successively layering thin cross-sections of powder material. MPBF methods can produce extremely thin walls, 0.1 mm or less, making them very relevant for heat exchanger applications.


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