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Scaling Chemical Processes by Jonathan Worstell

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Chapter 5

Scaling Heat Transfer

Abstract

This chapter presents methods for scaling heat transfer equipment using dimensional analysis. Scaling heat transfer equipment involves meeting the criteria for geometric, mechanical, and thermal similarity. It also requires an additional dimension, that is, temperature.

Keywords

Storage tanks; batch mixers; heat exchangers; shell and tube heat exchangers; dimensional analysis

Introduction

Nearly all chemical processes involve the consumption or generation of energy. This energy moves about the chemical process as heat. The mathematical description of heat flow requires a fourth dimension, which is temperature. We use temperature because heat moves from regions of higher temperature to regions of lower temperature. ...

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