Product News: Thermal & Heating Equipment
Heat Exchangers feature thermally conductive H2 and FEP tubing.
Press Release Summary:
September 13, 2010 - Enhancing heat transfer rate for cooling and heating applications, thermally conductive H2 PFA and FEP fluoropolymer tubing has been integrated into Fluorotherm heat exchangers. Tubing composition has been optimized to provide best combination of thermal conductivity and strength while retaining basic non-stick property of fluoropolymers. Heat exchangers suit applications in steel, metal finishing, galvanizing plants, and chemical processing applications.
Original Press Release
Fluorotherm Announces New Thermally Conductive H2 and FEP Tubing for Heat Exchangers
Press release date: September 13, 2010
Fluorotherm introduces Thermally Conductive H2 PFA and FEP fluoropolymer tubing to significantly enhance the heat transfer rate for cooling and heating applications. This tubing is incorporated in Fluorotherm heat exchangers that are used in a broad range of industries such as steel, metal finishing, galvanizing plants and chemical processing applications. The tubing composition has been optimized to provide the best combination of thermal conductivity and strength while retaining the basic non-stick property of fluoropolymers. Optimization relates to the nature of the fillers, purity, shape factors, and loading, among others. Fluorotherm H2 tubing has been proven and characterized by field tests, such as thermal conductivity tests that place H2 tubing at about 2 to 2.5 times the thermal conductivity of natural plastic. Physically, Fluorotherm's H2 Heat Exchangers are lower profile and require significantly less space than other plastic heat exchangers for a given heat load. For example, sulfuric acid recovery and recycling in galvanizing operations requires half the amount of H2 surface area compared to PVDF or polypropylene heat exchangers. In addition, Fluorotherm heat exchangers are relatively easily cleaned by virtue of the geometry of the Fluorotherm heat exchangers and the inherently non-stick property of H2 tubing. About Fluorotherm Heat Exchangers
Fluorotherm sustains a long tradition since 1992 of focused expertise in designing, developing and manufacturing corrosion resistant fluoropolymer heat exchangers. Our brand of immersion coil heat exchangers was introduced to the US in 1965 from Germany. These designs, under the original "Thermoron" brand name, have found applications in diverse metal finishing and steel coils, plate, pipe and tube pickling operations, numerous galvanizing plants, mining operations,and plating houses. The ultrapure features of these heat exchangers make them the product of choice for semiconductor, other electronics, pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and environmental sampling industries. The steady replacement of old heating modes such as direct steam sparging, graphite block heat exchangers, black pipe and copper tubing, among others, by efficient, non-stick, in-house repairable, long-life Fluorotherm heat exchangers has occured in tandem with our innovative and evolving designs. The design elements used in our construction consist of several safety factors to ensure that performance is not compromised under conditions of use in accordance with procedures described in Fluorotherm's Heat Exchanger Instructions. This fact translates to the lowest cost of ownership - this is the cost that includes the initial purchase cost as well as the cost of operating the heat exchanger after it is properly installed. Fluorotherm's heat exchanger tubing is internally manufactured to tight specifications and is tested before being installed on our products. Our configuration allows for easy cleaning with a low pressure water hose and readily repairable with our spare parts. The excellent aging and thermal properties of our heat exchangers in acid baths provide a long use life. These characteristics result in a relative quick payback on your investment. Due to this fact we have retained a high degree of customer loyalty since the 1970's. Our technical support is manned by experts in the field of fluoropolymers; this expertise is unique to Fluorotherm. As a potential customer you will have access to and support of the best knowledge base in the industry worldwide. Materials of Construction
Our materials of construction list of the basic Immersion coil heat exchanger consists of two material combinations - one for the frame and the other for the tubing. The frame is built out of three possible choices - Polypropylene (low temperature), PVDF (medium temperatures) and PTFE (high temperatures) and the tubing can be either of FEP or PFA and a conductive version of these tubing materials. The choice of the appropriate materials is dependent upon operating conditions which include temperature, pressures and composition of the fluid being heated or cooled. Advantages The strong suite of advantages in Fluorotherm's Heat Exchanger products includes: 1. Low Operating Cost. The operating cost includes maintenance such as inspection, cleaning, downtime repair, and replacement. Fluorotherm heat exchangers are superior to most alternatives due to their rugged design based on decades of field experience. This design has been a proven performer in its ability to withstand the extremely harsh conditions of operation. 2. No weld joints, unlike metals and other plastic heat exchangers that are subject to more rapid degradation under aggressive pickle bath conditions. 3. In case of an unlikely event of accidental tube damage; we offer repair kits that enables you to repair the tube immediately, and be back in operation. 4. The strong tubing coils are spaced so that excellent acid flow and contact with the (tubing) heating surface is maintained, without fouling. There is no bundling of the tubes to restrict fluid flow between the tubes. These unique features in our design provide a heat transfer rate that is consistent over time. Bath temperatures remain constant over the life of the heat exchanger and no upward temperature adjustment is necessary. 5. FEP, PFA and PTFE, unlike other plastics, are inherently "non-stick". Therefore, fouling by scale deposition is minimized. This feature assures a constant operating efficiency that does not decrease over time. No other material, except natural diamond, inhibits sticking of the pickle bath particulates more than fully fluorinated polymers such as FEP, PFA and PTFE. 6. The chemical resistance of our fluoropolymer tubing to most known chemicals is unmatched by any other chemically inert material. For quotes, please visit our website at www.fluorotherm.com For questions or other inquiries, please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at (973) 575 0760 Fluorotherm Polymers Inc Suite # 1, 333 New Road Parsippany, New Jersey 07054 USA