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Publication numberUS3101930 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateAug 27, 1963
Filing dateSep 8, 1959
Priority dateSep 10, 1958
Publication numberUS 3101930 A, US 3101930A, US-A-3101930, US3101930 A, US3101930A
InventorsAndre Huet
Original AssigneeAndre Huet
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Tubular heat exchanger
US 3101930 A
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Aug. 27, 1963 A. HUET 3,101,930

I TUBULAR HEAT EXCHANGER Filed Sept. 8, 1959. 2 Sheets-Sheet 1 FIG. 2 F\G.3

INVENTOR ANDRE HUET Aug. 27, 1963 A. HUET 3,101,930

TUBULAR HEAT EXCHANGER Filed Sept. 8, 1959 r 2 Sheets-Sheet 2 FIG. 4

FIG. 5

INVENTOR ANDRE HUET BYEM W ATTO 'EY United States Patent Ofiice 3,161,930 Patented Aug; 27, 1963 3,101,930 TUBULAR HEAT EXCHANGER Andr Huet, 48 Ave. du Fresident Wilson, Paris, France Filed Sept. 8, 1959, Ser. No, 838,485 Claims priority, application France Sept. 10, 1958 1 Claim. (Cl. 165-143) This invention relates to heat exchange apparatus and particularly to improved, distributing header arrangements for a bank of tube assemblies each providing an annular passage for one fluid and a central space through which the other fluid flows as well as over the outer tube surfaces.

The present invention is embodied in a tubular heat exchanger for the exchange of heat between two fluids.

While the heat exchange presents a large exchange surface, the general arrangement of the tube assemblies and the distributing headers which feed the annular passages of said tubes, is such as to occupy a very compact volume. The connections between the bank of tubes arranged in rows and the headers also permits in the 1ntroduction of cleaning devices through the ends of the exchanger casing to clean the outer surfaces of the annular tubes as well as the central space through which the outer fluid also flows.

Such an exchanger is planned particularly for the exchange of heat between two fluids; one of which must be utilized in as small a quantity of volume as possible because of its cost. For instance, this exchanger will be utilized in a thermal installation associated with employing an expensive chemical fluid and exchanging its heat with an inexpensive fluid such as ordinary water.

The following description when read in conjunction with the accompanying drawings of an illustrative embodiment will afford an understanding of the manner in which the invention can be carried out.

FIGURE 1 is a longitudinal section, partially schematic, of a heat exchanger embodying the invention.

FIGURE 2 is a transverse sectional view of the exchanger on the line 2-2 of FIGURE 1 showing the tube bundle from the left with the end cover removed.

FIGURE 3 is a view on a larger scale of a portion of FIGURE 2 and shows the tube rows, seen from the end in FIGURE 2.

FIGURE 4 shows schematically on a larger scale than in FIGURE 1 the distribution of fluid to feeding the annular spaces of the exchanger tubes from the sub-headers and also shows the annular form adopted for the tubes.

FIGURE 5 shows the staggered arrangement of tubes a, b, c and d.

As seen in FIGURE 1, the exchanger is contained in a cylindrical casing with removable end closures 12 and 14. Within this casing is placed a nest or bank of tubes placed in staggered fashion in parallel rows as shown in FIGURES 2 and 3. The whole bank arranged in the form of a parallelipiped rectangle is fed, on the one hand, with the heating fluid, entering via a header 16 and leaving via a header 18, the flow being in the direction of the arrows A. The fluid, taking heat circulates in the direction of the arrows B, from the inlet 20 to the outlet 22. This second, heated fluid circulates over the tube nest and is confined within a parallelipipedic shell or envelope 24 having removable end plates 26, 28 so that the envelope 27 entirely surrounds in fluid tight fashion as seen in FIGURES l and 2, the tube nest and the headers therefor except for minor parts of the latter.

The tube assemblies 30 are arranged in staggered rows a, b, 0 etc., according to horizontal planes. In FIGURE 1 the tubes of odd rows are heavily outlined and shaded while tubes of even rows are drawn lightly or indicated by center lines to facilitate reading the drawing. These tube assemblies are preferably constituted by two concentric tubes 32, 34 (FIG. 4) and it is in the interval 36 between both concentric envelopes that the expensive heating fluid circulates. Plain water or other fluid to be heated passes around the outer envelope 32 of tube assembly I, FIGURE 4, and also within the inner tube 34. Within the inner tube 34 may be placed a deflecting core 38 which has, as we know, the advantage of improving the heat exchanger by producing pulsations in the circulation. Likewise, deflecting bands of corrugated metal, forming deflectors or baffles, may be introduced in the spaces between the tube assemblies 30 to create pulses in the fluid which circulates exteriorly.

The original arrangement of the exchanger resides in the mode of liaison oi the exchanger tubes with the circuit A.

With the view of disposing the fluid circuit constituted by the tube bundle in the smallest space possible, the exchanger tube assemblies are very closely spaced as seen in FIGURES 2 and 3. The heating fluid arrives via the header 16' split into two branches 4t}, 42 situated, as seen in FIGURES l and 2, on the vertical and longitudinal symmetry plane of the exchanger. The outlet is through the header 18, itself assembling two branch headers 44, and 46, arranged in the same way on the opposite end of the exchanger tube bundle. From either side of each inlet header 40 and 42 and at the same height level on each header are parallel transverse sub-headers extend ing laterally to the side boundaries of the tube bank. FIGURE 2 may be seen at the inlet header 40 and the parallel transverse sub-headers 50, 52 which are fed by it. The similar arrangement of the header '42 and its transverse headers 54, 56 is hidden entirely in FIG. 2 by 40 and 50, 52.

Generally speaking, header 42 feeds by means of the transverse sub-headers 54, 56 the odd rows a, c of tubes 30. The header 40 feeds by means of the sub-headers 50, 52 the even rows b, d of tubes 30.

Referring to FIGURE 4 it is seen that a tube 30 of the odd row a has its annular space 36 fed by a duct 60 connected to the sub-header 54 of the header 42. At the other end of the annular space 36, a pipe 62 joins this space to the transverse sub-header 64 leading into the outlet header 44. The tube 30 of the even row b located below the similar tube of row a is fed by a duct 66, connecting its annular space to the sub-header 50 leading from the inlet header 4i and a duct 68 at the outlet end joins this tube of the even row b to the transverse subheader 70 of the outlet header 46. Thus, as has been said and as seen more in detail in FIGURE 3 which represents the inlet transverse headers 50 (which hide the transversal sub-headers 54- of the header 42 situated immediately behind); each header 50 feed by means of ducts 66 the tubes 30 of the even rows, 12, d which are seen represented by broken lines in FIGURE 3 because they are hidden by the header 50 located next below. The tubes of the rows a and c, are seen in full lines in FIGURE 3, and are fed by the ducts 60 from the sub-headers 54 concealed by the subheaders Si) in FIGURE 3.

This arrangement of the sub-headers 50, 5'4, and the ducts re, 66 is adopted in order that, when it is desired to proceed with cleaning the exchanger tubes, after having taken off the end closures 1'2 and 14 and the plates 26, 28 at the end of the parallelipipedic shell 24, through which the heated fluid flows, so as to expose the interiors 34 of the tubes 30* of the odd rows a, 0 shown between the headers 59, as for instance in FIGURES 2 and 3. Cleaning devices may then be introduced in these interiors 34. And, likewise, there still remains (FIGURES 2 and 3) between the exterior of the tubes of the odd rows a, c and feed ducts as and 60 a space allowing the introduction of devices to clean the outer parts of tubes in row a.

Internally and externally all the tubes of the odd rows can then be cleaned from this side of the exchanger.

From the other end of the exchanger, after taking out the plate 28, the similar arrangement of the subheaders 64, 70 and the ducts 62 and 68 exposes the interiors and the exteriors of the tubes 30 of the even rows b, d which can be cleaned.

The ducts 60, 62 and 66, 68 connecting the annular spaces 36 of the tubes to the sub-headers, are, as We can see in FIGURE 4, arched in such a manner as to permit a certain tolerance due to differences in expansion. It is to be noted that, for each tube 30, at least one of the connecting ducts (-62 for the tubes of the odd rows) is longer and more strongly bent than the other (e.g. 60). It is the inverse, namely, the inlet duct 66 which is more bent for the tubes of the even rows.

The exchanger is shown in horizontal position in the drawings but it could be more or less inclined to the horizontal by placing it on a proper foundation, for instance, to facilitate the circulation of the fluid within the interiors 34- of the inner tube of each assembly 30.

I claim:

A heat exchanger in which two fluids flow at cross currents and embodying a casing containing a bank of generally horizontal rows of rectilinear tubular elements with the elements in adjacent rows arranged in staggered relation, all the tubular elements of said bank being made up of a pair of concentric tubes joined at their two ends to form an annular space for one fluid, called inner fluid, and a central space through which the other fluid, called outer fluid, flows from the interior of said casing as well as around the exterior of each tube, inlet and outlet headers for the inner fluid arranged vertically at the opposite ends of the bank of tubes and each being bifurcated to provide two parallel branches disposed perpendicularly to the axis of the tube rows and situated in the same vertical plane; vertically spaced pairs of subheaders fixed perpendicularly on the branches of each bifurcate with the subheaders of each pair disposed in horizontally spaced relation at the same height on the one and the other branch, the distance between vertically spaced pairs of subheaders being substantially equal to double 'the distance between two horizontal tube rows to leave clear the ends of one tube row out of two and the inlet and outlet headers being relatively arranged so as to leave clear the ends of each tube row at opposite ends; bent connections between the subheaders and the tubes of the rows they supply, said tube rows being situated below the related subheaders at the inlet end and above the related sub-headers at the opposite end, said connections being shifted in a vertical direction when passing from a sub-header mounted on one of the branches of the bifurcate to the similar sub-header mounted on the same level on the other branch of the same bifurcate so as to be clear of the odd numbered rows of tubes at one end of the exchanger and of the even numbered rows of tubes at the other end of the exchanger.

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U.S. Classification165/143, 165/145, 165/175, 165/157, 165/155
International ClassificationF28D7/10
Cooperative ClassificationF28D7/10
European ClassificationF28D7/10