Heat Exchanger Equipment Field Manual

Common Operating Problems and Practical Solutions


  • Maurice Stewart, President, Stewart Training Company
  • Oran Lewis, Adjunct Instructor, Haward Technology Middle East and Stewart Training Company; Owner, Fast Track Technical Training

From upstream to downstream, heat exchangers are utilized in every stage of the petroleum value stream. An integral piece of equipment, heat exchangers are among the most confusing and problematic pieces of equipment in petroleum processing operations. This is especially true for engineers just entering the field or seasoned engineers that must keep up with the latest methods for in-shop and in-service inspection, repair, alteration and re-rating of equipment. The objective of this book is to provide engineers with sufficient information to make better logical choices in designing and operating the system. Heat Exchanger Equipment Field Manual provides an indispensable means for the determination of possible failures and for the recognition of the optimization potential of the respective heat exchanger.
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petroleum, chemical and mechanical engineers who are in petroleum production, refining and gas processing and plant operations, technical services, and project design; or with assignments involving heat exchanger sizing, specification, or operation.


Book information

  • Published: June 2012
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-397016-9


"Focusing on the various types of heat transfer equipment used in the upstream and downstream oil and gas value chain, Stewart and Lewis present advice on maintenance and optimization and diagnosing and repairing operational problems. They cover heat transfer theory; heat exchanger configurations; inspecting, maintaining, and repairing tubular heat exchangers; and repairing, altering, and re-rating. Though the book is indeed small enough to carry in the field, the information could also be useful in the shop. Gulf Professional is an imprint of Elsevier."--Reference and Research News, October 2012

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Heat Exchanger Field Manual

Part One Heat Transfer Equipment

  1. Typical Process Heating and Cooling Applications
  2. Basic Heat Transfer Theory
  3.  Fluid Properties
         Heat Transfer principles
              LMTD Determination
              Overall Heat Transfer Coefficient
              Process Heat Duty
                   Sensible Heat
                   Latent heat
                   Heat of Vaporization
              Inside/Outside Film Coefficient
              Fouling Factors

    Part Two Configurations

  4. Heat Exchanger Configurations
  5. TEMA Considerations
         Compact Heat Exchangers
              Printed Circuit
              Welded Plate
         Brazed Aluminum Exchangers
         Cold Box
         Fired Equipment
              Furnace type
                   Indirect Fired Heaters
                   Direct Fired Heaters
         Typical control schemes

  6. Fain-Fan Air Coolers
  7. Induced Draft
     Forced Draft

  8. Equipment Selection and Sizing
  9. Part Three Troubleshooting and Maintenance

  10. Operating Problems
  11. Typical Control Schemes