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Heat Exchanger Designs

written by: Harlan Bengtson • edited by: Lamar Stonecypher • updated: 9/9/2011

Calculations for heat exchanger designs use heat transfer parameters such as convection heat transfer coefficients, overall heat transfer coefficients, and log mean temperature differences. These calculations are needed for shell and tube and double pipe heat exchangers, as well as other types.


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