Economizing On Synthetic Lubricant Volume And Eliminating Downtime In Mission-Critical Compressor Applications
An Oklahoma-based manufacturer of packaged natural gas compression systems had been using gasketed plate & frame heat exchangers as compressor oil coolers. Despite operating pressures and temperatures being well within design limits, the manufacturer experienced gasket failures and leaking on the oil side of the exchangers, regardless of manufacturer. A plate heat exchanger solution had to be found, since shell & tube units would be too large and heavy for the skid footprint.
Tranter's solution was a Shell & Plate Heat Exchanger, which had no gaskets to fail. Because of high heat transfer efficiency, the exchanger requires only 30–50% of the space and up to 70% less weight compared to equivalent S&T exchangers, meaning:
- Less steel and lower purchase price
- Shorter lead time
- Less expensive delivery
- Faster heat transfer with 63% less expensive synthetic lubricants fluid volume
For mission-critical applications, even where plate & frame technology meets requirements, the Tranter Shell & Plate Heat Exchanger can be the commonsense answer, providing that extra measure of reliability.
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Improving Interstage Cooling Operation And Durability In Multistage Gas Compression
Tranter Shell & Plate Heat Exchangers are improving performance in place of conventional box-type welded-plate heat exchangers and shell & tube exchangers as interstage coolers in multistage gas compression:
Read the entire article hereA Tranter Shell & Plate Heat Exchanger solved automatic shutdown problems associated with leaking compressor lube oil cooler gaskets on remote, unmanned gas compression skids.
- No corner welds as found in box-type welded plate heat exchangers
- Ability to withstand pressure spikes plus thermal and pressure fatigue
- Space, weight and cost savings compared to the shell & tube exchangers
- Turbulent flow even at low velocities resists scaling and fouling better than laminar flow in shell & tube exchangers
- Full maintainability with an option for a removable core enabling the unit to be mechanically cleaned
- Precise control of compressor suction temperature and improved overall compression efficiency
- Reduced volume of expensive lubricants