Peter Plaisier and David Effa
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6 pages (Case Study)

Babcock & Wilcox (B&W) Canada Ltd. is a subsidiary of Babcock & Wilcox Power Generation Group Inc., the largest steam generation product manufacturer and service provider in North America [1]. As the leading global supplier of thermal utility boilers, B&W engineers and manufacturers use a range of engineering tools, including commercial software packages, to analyze and advance company projects. The company recently explored the applicability of HTRI’s Exchanger Suite (Xist) software for B&W heat exchanger applications, directly comparing Xist simulation results against measured data and analytical models. Since Xist is capable of analyzing various types of heat exchangers, B&W had the option of choosing a single-pass, counter flow, shell-and-tube heat exchanger, hereafter referred to as ECW-HX1, Figure 1, for analysis.

Peter Plaisier, a 4th year Mechanical Engineering co-op student from the University of Waterloo, was asked to verify the accuracies of HTRI’s Xchanger Suite - Xist program simulation results against an analytical model and measured data [2].

shell and tube heat exchanger

Figure 1 - Main parts of single pass, counter flow, shell-and-tube heat exchanger

Learning objectives: 

The primary teaching objective of this case includes the application of heat transfer equation for single pass shell-and-tube heat exchanger. The case can be used as an effective material for any course focusing on heat transfer.

Key words: 
Fourier Law; heat exchange; fouling; heat transfer coefficient
CEAB attributes: 
Knowledge base for engineers; Problem analysis; Use of engineering tools
Module 01- Case Study
Module 02 - Xist FEM Analysis
Module 03 - Analytical Model
Module TN - Teaching Note

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