HRS Process Systems Ltd. have acquired exclusive rights by the way of license manufacturing agreement for design, manufacture, supply and service of PLATE HEAT EXCHANGERS, with FUNKE Waermaustauscher GmbH!

The gasketed PHE comprises of a plate pack mounted between fixed and pressure plates compressed with tightening bolts. Depending on the process requirement, variations in the passes can be designed to enable counterflow. This makes the gasketed PHE a highly efficient heat exchanger for many liquid-liquid applications such as water, oil, suspensions, chemicals, infusions, milk, juices, beverages, etc. For applications in food industry, we offer specially developed CLADDED plate heat exchangers to ensure safe processing of  sensitive fluids.

All plate heat exchangers look very similar at first glance. But the difference and the secret of efficient heat transfer cannot be seen from the outside it is the wave pattern. Its performance depends on many factors, including size and number of plates. Altogether, these factors determine the size of the plate heat exchangers and the operating costs.

A crucial factor e.g. is that plates with different plate corrugation angles (in relation to the flow direction) can be combined. Obtuse corrugation angles result in longer thermal paths (H) and higher heat transfer rates but also lead to higher pressure drops. Acute corrugation (L) angles are chosen if the pressure drop must be kept low.

The heart of a PHE is a pack of embossed plates with apertures. The plates are assembled in a 180° angle to each other, resulting in flow gaps on each side. Each plate is provided with a gasket which securely seals the flow gaps from the atmosphere and separates the two media used in the heat exchanger.

Connections are on the fixed plate, but can also be on the movable plate for multipass flow.

Components of PHE:

  1. Fixed plate
  2. Movable plate
  3. Support column
  4. Carrying bar
  5. Lower plate guide bar
  6. Carrier roller
  7. Tightening bolt and nuts
  8. Fixing bolts
  9. Rubber liner
  10. Gaskets
  11. Heat transfer plates
  12. Nameplate

Technical Key Data (depending on design)

Capacity 1 KW – 30MW
Volume Flow 5 m – 4500m
Surface/Plate 0,04 m – 3,0 m
Nominal connection Diameter DN 25 – 500
Operating temperature – 20 C° – +180 C°
Working pressure max. 25 bar
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Connection Positions

Single pass, two pass, multi pass

Construction

Funke heat transfer plates are always produced in 1.4401 / AISI 316 as this material is generally more corrosion – resistant and more resistant to chloride damage than 1.4301/AISI 304. Depending on the design, Titanium is also available in serial production.

All plate heat exchangers look very similar at first glance. But the difference and the secret of efficient heat transfer cannot be seen from the outside it is the wave pattern. Its performance depends on many factors, including size and number of plates which determine the size of the plate heat exchangers and the operating costs. A crucial factor e.g. is that plates with different plate corrugation angles (in relation to the flow direction) can be combined. Obtuse corrugation angles result in longer thermal paths (H) and higher heat transfer rates but also lead to higher pressure drops. Acute corrugation (L) angles are chosen if the pressure drop must be kept low.

thrmally-long thermally-short
Thermally long Thermally short

HRS Funke Plate Heat Exchangers have secured seal with number of two-pronged clips that slide beneath the plate to hold the gasket. Each plate is pressed precisely to have specially embossed entry fields in heat transfer plates for an optimum distribution of media. The gaskets have a special ribbed surface, enabling more exact centering and stabilization of the entire plate pack

PHE plates are also offered in the following material depending on process:

  • 4301/AISI 304 (cost-effective in the case of uncritical media)
  • 4539/AISI 904L (with high nickel content against stress corrosion cracking, good price/performance ratio in the case of media with the low acid and chloride content)
  • 4529/254 SMO (higher chloride and acid – resistance than 1.4401/ AISI 316)
  • Hastelloy (highly resistant against acids and chlorides, e.g. for concentrated sulphuric acid)
  • Titanium ASTM B 265
  • Titanium – Palladium (highest material quantity, suitable e.g. for chlorides at higher temperatures)

Gasket Material:

Depending on the design and the type, adhesive or non-adhesive (clip-system) gasket made from following sealing materials are used:

  • NBR (nitrile-butadiene rubber): Universal use for aqueous and unctuous media e.g. water/ oil applications
  • EPDM (ethylene-propylene rubber): Wide range of applications for many chemical compounds which do not contain mineral oil and grease, and for water-and steam application
  • Flororubber (viton): Extremely resistant to chemicals and organics solvents as well as sulphuric acid and vegetable oil at high temperatures.

PHE models available are from connection size 1” to 500 mm with plate having smallest heat transfer area of 0.05  m² upto per plate area of 3 m².

HRS Funke Plate Heat Exchangers offer more advantage by combining different plate configurations.

The FP series of PHE come with variants of plate corrugations. Depending on the desired process efficiency, a combination of plate size and plate corrugation pattern is selected while designing our plate heat exchangers. Obtuse or acute corrugation angled plates are selected to achieve higher heat transfer rates and lower pressure drops in the process.

Typical profile of Double-wall plates in a PHE (Series FPDW)

These heat transfer plates provide maximum protection against the mixing of media used in the heat exchange process. Two simultaneously embossed plates are laser-welded at the port holes. If there is a leak, fluids can escape at the edges of the plate pair.

Cladded Plate Heat Exchanger

Compatibility of process fluids and equipment material is a critical area to get the right output from a process. For hygienic applications like dairy, juice, beverage processing, HRS Funke PHEs are customized with SS cladded fixed and moving plates bolted together with heat transfer plates and gaskets. This is a well researched in house design specifically beneficial for food processing sector.

This cladded plate heat exchanger proves effective to ensure process safety, avoid contamination and other issues arising form material compatibility. Also, cladded PHE when designed to create multi section units with partition plates helps to handle multiple media in a compact space, allow to create multiple loops for heating & cooling fluids without intermixing, thus enable recycling of energy used in the process.

  • Very high heat transfer rates due to thermodynamically optimized design
  • Double seal arrangement of gasket with leakage groove between two media, preventing mixing and cross contamination of media
  • Reduction in operational downtime due to glueless clip type gaskets fastened by “Clip-system” for ease of assembly and maintenance
  • Special plate profile at the edges, reinforcing the plate pack and ensuring high pressure resistance of the gasket during operation
  • Low investment, operation and maintenance costs
  • Self-cleaning effect due to highly turbulent flow behavior
  • Use of smallest temperature difference
  • Up to 75% less space required
  • Low operating weight/low liquid content
  • Easy to open/clean
  • Future additional capacity is possible by fitting extra heat transfer plates

HRS FUNKE PHE’s are used across process industries for a various applications designed with compatible materials.

They find use in chemical, pharmaceutical, mechanical engineering, on and off shore sector, power, ship building, compressors, piston and turbo machines, steel , surface treatment, automotive, paper and pulp, HVAC, extraction plants, HRS FUNKE PHE are used for heating and cooling of water, various type of oils, suspensions, infusion solutions, chemicals, acids etc.

In food and milk processing sector, as range of heating, cooling, pasteurization, heat recovery to milk and juices.

In key processes in these sectors, PHEs are used for heating, cooling, chilling, pasteurisation, sterilisation, condensation, heating engineering (solar heating central heating, underfloor heating) and also as vaporiser/condenser in refrigeration plant.