Gasketed plate type heat exchanger design software
Gebremariam, Aklilu (2016)
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The purpose of this thesis was to make the design of gasketed plate type heat exchangers easier, simple, and accurate by reducing human error. Properly designed heat exchangers can provide more benefits and better safety in wide range of applications. Since the design of heat exchangers is so complicated and involves several steps, computer-aided design has come to be widely used. In this design, along with the knowledge of heat exchangers, the Visual Studio 2013 Professional and the programming language (C#) have been used to complete the software design. The software calculates important design parameters based on the overall heat transfer requirement or the pressure drop requirement. It also compares the design for the percentage over the surface area which will help to know how large or small the physical size of the exchanger is. The manufacturing and maintenance cost can also be predicted based on the size data and other design selections. The software has been tested using real data and results show that it generates accurate data throughout all calculation steps. This will help design engineers to attain a more effective and efficient design.