Rating Method for Air-Cooled Exchangers

The rating methods for air-cooled exchangers are outlined by Cook [386] and Ganapathy [387]. Here, the preliminary design of air coolers is based upon correlations, tables and graphs presented by Smith [106] and Brown [388] and fitted to a series of equations developed by Blackwell [381].

The Equations

1. The number of tube rows, R is:

R=C1+C2ln[T2t2U]

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    where:
C1 = 3.1679
C2 = 3.7948
2. The area ratio is:

AFA=C3(R)C4

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    where
C3 = 1.2557
C4 = 1.0031
3. The face velocity of air, FV, ft/min.

FV=C5(

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