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