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Modeling Heat Exchanger Sections

Modeling Heat Exchanger Sections

Modeling Heat Exchanger Sections


Is it a valid assumption to model sections of a heat exchanger individually for an explosive event? In the picture below, if rupture takes place in the head, is it appropriate to ignore the shell side as the tubesheet would isolate the explosion within the head? For those experienced with hydrocarbon explosions, does the tubesheet do a good job of completely isolating the forces of an explosion?

RE: Modeling Heat Exchanger Sections

If you are not sure which parts to include in the model, try several levels of simplification. It will be interesting to see how this influences the results. But with proper boundary conditions it’s likely that you won’t have to model the rest of the structure.

RE: Modeling Heat Exchanger Sections

@FEA way, I have old hardware (a 5 year old, 4 core workstation), so a suggestion was made to model the head separately. Based on the limited number of research articles on the subject, it appears that the tubesheet isolates an explosion in the head or shell (ex. PVP2014-28893). Note: This is a training exercise.

RE: Modeling Heat Exchanger Sections

I agree with FEA way. Start with the Head alone if you think the phenomenon is confined to that single item. Take some time for thinking how to model proper Boundary Conditions.
Do you have any result benchmark to compare your results to? That will guide you (sort of).
If you don't get a correct answer, then check BCs and loads. If they are correct it means you have to model a further section.
This is the first time I see this problem but when investigating impacts against some kind of structure this was the only approach which worked.

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