Overall Heat Transfer Coefficients

To carry out quick heat exchanger calculations, an estimate of the overall heat transfer coefficient usually needs to be made.  Some typical values for the overall heat transfer coefficient for a variety of different types of heat exchanger are listed below.

The values can be used in the Blackmonk Heat Exchanger Calculator.

The reference values have been taken from Coulson & Richardson’s Chemical Engineering Vol. 6, 3rd Edition, R K Sinnot.

Shell & Tube Heat Exchangers

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Shell & Tube Coolers

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Shell & Tube Heaters

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Shell & Tube Condensers

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Shell & Tube Vaporisers

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Air-Cooled Exchangers

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Immersed Coils – Natural Circulation

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Immersed Coils – Agitated

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Jacketed Vessels

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Plate Heat Exchangers

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