hiTRAN® Thermal SystemsEnhancement technology for tubular heat exchangers and reactors.
hiTRAN® Thermal Systems are an established, unique solution to substantially enhance the tube side heat transfer by changing fluid dynamics. Installed in more than 20, 000 exchangers worldwide over 40 years, a wide range of case studies are a testament to the benefits of hiTRAN
Single Phase Overview
For very low mass flows or viscous flows, this can lead to laminar flow throughout the tube, in which heat transfer is dominated by conduction, limiting heat transfer rate. It is essential to also understand in turbulent flow conditions (higher mass flows) the heat transfer is still controlled by the boundary layer.
By installing hiTRAN® Thermal Systems in the tube, the laminar boundary layer will be disrupted, creating additional fluid shear and radial mixing of fluid into the bulk. In laminar flow, this augments the conductive heat transfer, thereby significantly increasing performance. Even in turbulent regimes the boundary layer disruption is still effective in increasing heat dissipation.