This may mark me as a permanent nerd, but sometimes, I like to dig through our website analytics and look for trends. A recent search showed that three topics have been of particular interest: heat exchangers, thermal fluid heating systems and industrial combustion. In case you missed them, here are some of the articles getting a lot of attention.

Understanding TEMA Types for Shell-and-Tube Exchangers

Shell-and-tube designs incorporate fixed or floating tubesheets, fixed or removable tube bundles and expansion joints as needed to create an effective heat transfer vessel. Gain a better understanding of the TEMA types to improve your selection process.

Construction Basics of Shell-and-Tube Heat Exchangers

Although there exists a wide range of designs and materials, some components are common in all shell-and-tube designs.

Comparing TEMA Types BEM and BEU Heat Exchangers

Examining the pros and cons of each type of exchanger can help you find the one that’s right for your process.

How to Size and Select Thermal Fluid Equipment

Proper selection ensures a safe thermal fluid system that will provide peak performance for many years.

Using Molten Salts as a Heat Transfer Fluid and Thermal-Storage Medium

One of the most commonly used molten salts is a eutectic blend of sodium nitrate and potassium nitrate. Why use molten salts? They extend the upper range of the temperature limits in which a liquid heat transfer media can be used.

Thermal Expansion Tank Design and Operation

A low maintenance heat transfer fluid system can be provided via a properly designed and operated thermal expansion tank.

How Fuel Tips Affect Industrial Burner Performance and Flame Characteristics

Sometimes called fuel injectors or nozzles, burner tips are used to control the injection of fuel into the burner. They utilize the available fuel pressure to distribute the fuel into the airstream to achieve proper mixing. Among the most important components in a burner, the tips directly impact safety, thermal efficiency, pollution emissions and operability.

Understanding the Requirements of Combustion Safety Equipment

Personnel, equipment and production schedules depend upon keeping fuel-fired burners safe per NFPA requirements.

Understanding Industrial Burners

Fuel-fired combustion equipment provides effective process heating in many applications. Select an industrial burner designed for the operating environment to achieve goals such as increased production or reduced emissions.

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Linda Becker
Associate Publisher and Editor