When you receive frequent questions about your products and their applications, as we do at Saint-Gobain, patterns emerge. That is, some are more prevalent than others, and questions about Hexoloy® silicon carbide (SiC) and its use for fabricating shell-and-tube heat exchangers are among the most common. We have answered four of these questions below.
Figure 1. Illustration shows the main components of a shell-and-tube heat exchanger.
One fluid flows throughout the shell and thus over the tubes, and the other through the tubes. Baffles in the shell create turbulence to direct fluid across the tube bundle and prevent the tubes from sagging or vibrating.