Alfa Laval Copper Brazed Plate Heat Exchangers
Copper brazed (CB) plate heat exchangers provide efficient heat transfer with a small footprint. They are maintenance free, provide a long service lifetime and can withstand high temperatures and extremely high design pressures. They are used in a range of duties including cooling, heating, evaporation and condensing. For complete product range see below.
The thin, corrugated stainless steel plates used in the CB design are brazed together with copper. This forms a self-contained unit that can handle both high pressures and high temperatures. And unlike traditional designs, the brazed plate heat exchanger consists solely of surfaces that actively contribute to heat transfer, resulting in significant increases in overall efficiency.
Alfa Laval is the world’s leading manufacturer of brazed plate heat exchangers. This means solid experience in designing units that withstand high-pressure and high-temperature conditions, and in coping effectively with the structural stresses that results from these. Units in the CB range are available in many different sizes and capacities, with varying plate patterns and connections for particular duties and performance specifications. CB units can be configured as single-pass, dual-pass or multi-pass installations, according to project requirements.
AlfaNova Fusion-Bonded Heat Exchangers
Alfa Laval AlfaNova is the first plate heat exchanger in the world to be made completely of stainless steel – made possible by the unique active diffusion bonding technology patented by Alfa Laval.
Alfa Laval AlfaNova plate heat exchangers are made of 100% stainless steel, with the components fused together using a breakthrough technology that Alfa Laval has patented. This provides levels of hygiene and corrosion resistance unmatched by any other brazed heat exchanger. It also makes it practical to use stainless steel plate heat exchangers in installations normally reserved for conventional semi-welded and welded units.
With the Alfa Laval AlfaNova, it becomes feasible to use a high-efficiency plate heat exchanger under the kinds of extreme temperature and pressure fatigue conditions that would probably destroy a conventional brazed heat exchanger. As a result, AlfaNova units have become a breakthrough gasket-free alternative for a wide range of industrial applications that use aggressive liquids and in which there is a need for high-efficiency, hermetically sealed plate heat exchangers that ensure low life cycle costs even under high-temperature conditions. The 100% stainless steel construction makes it possible to withstand temperatures of up to 550°C (1,020°F).
The hygienic heat transfer channels and mechanical strength also make Alfa Laval AlfaNova units ideal in applications where the prime focus is on hygiene, such as clean water refrigeration chillers and tap water heating systems.