Embedded Process Design; Shell and Tube Heat Exchangers
Heat Transfer Design Engineers

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Heat & Mass Transfer

Dove Thermal Engineering are process heat transfer consultants. Thermal Design covers an exceptionally wide field, interacting within and across most other physical systems. The effective process heat transfer design of special heat exchangers and heat exchange equipment starts with a thorough comprehension of host processes and operational objectives. This website reflects the broad scope of thermal engineering, while the underlying maths and physics apply to all heat transfer operations. Heat & mass transfer mechanisms pervade direct contact systems such as gas scrubbing & quenching, evaporative cooling, product drying, psychrometric processes and heat exchange equipment in general. Solid, liquid and vapour phase systems are embodied within all natural and man-made systems - even those which might appear static or inert on a macroscopic scale.

The Literature

While they have been mentioned elsewhere in this website, some references from the Literature are worth noting again. Perry & Chilton’s Chemical Engineers’ Handbook provides a comprehensive and concise review of thermal design topics, with a breadth of coverage not found in more specialist literature. Following a straightforward introduction of fundamental concepts, the thermal design of many types of special heat exchangers is described in accessible terms. Single- and multi-phase solid-, liquid- and gaseous operations are referred to the plant in which they are undertaken, while several types of surface equipment (heat exchangers, condensers, evaporators et al.) - along with direct contact systems towers and columns - are discussed in practical detail. For generations of heat transfer design engineers, other much-respected vade mecums in the field are: William H McAdams’ Heat Transmission, Donald Q Kern’s Process Heat Transfer, and Herman J Stoever’s Applied Heat Transmission – all giving a different slant on the subject from a common ground, essentially directed toward the design of shell and tube heat exchangers. McAdams and Kern have been our constant companions in over thirty years of providing heat transfer design consultant services. The Industrial Cooling Tower by K K McKelvey and Maxey Brooke has probably not been bettered by the several titles since published dealing with mechanical and natural draught systems, although Jackson’s Cooling Towers with Special Reference to Mechanical-Draught Systems is a clear and direct primer on gas cooling columns and mass transfer equipment generally. Geoffrey F Hewitt’s loose-leaf Heat Exchanger Design Handbook has passed through many editions, and is the most exhaustive reference in its field.