Heat exchangers perform a variety of functions in an array of industrial settings. Read on for a brief overview of heat exchanger applications.

Chemical and Petrochemical

Heat exchangers work in many capacities in both chemical and petrochemical plants, such as:

  • Controlling the temperature of a feed to a reactor
  • Preheating a feed for a distillation column
  • Making use of cooling tower water
  • Cooling oil for other pieces of equipment

Oil and Gas

In almost every stage of oil and gas processing, heat exchangers can be found:

  • Cooling offshore platform and land rig equipment, such as generators, drilling brakes and mud pumps
  • Cooling for gas compressor packages
  • Gas and oil treating and conditioning
  • Preheating air for combustion at refineries

Energy and Power Generation

Power generation plants provide critical service to thousands of customers, and heat exchangers play important roles in a plant, such as:

  • Heating and or cooling of combustion air
  • Fuel gas heating or treating
  • Recovering waste heat from exhaust source
  • Cooling water for various processes (component water, seal water, etc.)
  • Condensing and/or evaporating process fluids
  • Cooling lubrication oil for equipment

General Industrial

Heat exchangers play many parts in industry, and some of the names they go by include:

  • Oil cooler
  • Aftercooler
  • Intercooler
  • Air cooler
  • Evaporator
  • Condenser
  • Reboiler
  • Radiator