A well-designed thermal fluid heating system can provide consistent, reliable and safe operation for decades. By selecting the right system with properly sized equipment, it can run at peak performance for its owner, optimizing output and production for a specific process. A properly designed thermal fluid heating system is composed of the following four main components plus at least one user:
Depending on the level of system complexity, one could also use additional system controls, control valves, secondary loops, heat exchangers or countless other system variations. But every system should include — at a minimum — the core pieces of equipment listed above. Here are a few tips to use as a baseline to help size and select each of these core pieces of equipment in a basic thermal fluid system.