Recovery Act - Compact Polymeric Heat Exchanger
Most heat exchangers utilized in process industries are made from metals. These heat exchangers are bulky, heavy, subject to corrosion and microbiological fouling which leads to reduction in performance and increase in cost. The plastic heat exchangers can alleviate some of these problems. However, commercial plastic heat exchangers are less efficient and have a limited operating temperature range. The availability of light weight, compact, corrosion resistant, efficient heat exchanger is particularly important for process industries and the transportation sector. In phase 1 of the project, PoroGen Corporation has demonstrated the technical and economical feasibility of developing compact polymeric heat exchanger from an advanced engineering polymer poly (ether ether ketone), PEEK. The PEEK heat exchanger exhibits high temperature operating capability, superior heat transfer efficiency, light weight, durability, and contaminant and corrosion resistance. In Phase 2 of the program the heat transfer efficiency will be further optimized, commercial size heat exchanger will be designed, constructed and tested for transportation sector applications. Commercial Applications and Other Benefits: Compact lightweight PEEK heat exchanger will be deployed in transportation sector, aviation and automobile industries, as cabin air coolers, filter coolers and radiators. In aviation PEEK heat exchangers will be used in a) cabin heating (all occupied regions and windshield heating); b) wing and empennage anti-icing; c) engine and accessory heating (when heater is installed as part of the aircraft); d) aircraft de-icing; e) cabin air conditioning; f) cooling electronic equipment and cooling compressed air directed into On Board Inert Gas Generation Systems (OBIGGS). The wide adaptation of PEEK heat exchangers will provide significant energy savings for the transportation sector where weight reduction translates directly into fuel saving. Additional market opportunities for polymeric heat exchanger include applications in the chemical, pharmaceutical, food and beverage industries, with eventual integration into generic process equipment such as condensing boilers and refrigeration plants.
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