Using plate heat exchangers to process bulk solids
From fertilizer to food products, sugar to sludge pellets, and coffee to catalysts, the practice of heating, cooling or drying has been a part of virtually every industry built around free-flowing materials since the Industrial Revolution.
The technology behind thermally processing bulk materials, however, continues to evolve. Manufacturers and processors seek more efficient and cost-effective solutions to optimize and expand their production lines. Increasing production, minimizing energy consumption and improving product quality are just some of the key drivers.
Within the last 20 to 30 years, indirect plate heat transfer technology has transitioned to the forefront of bulk-solids heating, cooling and drying. It has found use in unlikely places such as polymers, chemicals and even olive pits.
Yet many are not aware of the full capabilities of these types of plate heat exchangers.
In the June 2020 issue of Process Heating Magazine, Solex Thermal Science was invited to discuss the lineage of plate heat exchange technology, how it works and it's comparisons with traditional rotary drums and fluid beds.
This entry was last updated on 2020-6-7
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