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Plate Heat Exchangers

Cool on all the 7 seas of the world

Shipbuilding: A tradition with a future

The tonnage to be realised in shipbuilding will notably grow over the next few decades. Outlooks prove the growth in worldwide trading over the seas. Cruise ships and high speed ferries will expect more and more passengers. Another trend are special-purpose ships as well as special constructions for raw material exploration and offshore technology (excavators, drilling platforms etc.). At the same time, the regulations governing the safety of ships and maritime environmental protection are becoming more stringent. As such, profitability for the ship owners becomes a crucial factor, and shipyards demand increasingly efficient solutions maximising safety and minimising operating costs with integrated control systems.

LT-HT fresh water/lube oil cooler incl. thermometers, pressure gauges and drain/venting pipes for Daedong Shipbuilding (STX), Korea

The maxim in sailing is: Safety first

Where ships manoeuvre in narrow waters or have to keep on course in a storm in the open sea, many things may happen, except the failure of the ships engine. This can be lethal, cost millions and do irreversible damage to the environment. For this reason, reliable propulsion and auxiliary systems are a must in modern operation on the seas. It is, therefore, only logical that many engine rooms are equipped with plate heat exchangers from GEA Ecoflex from the container ship to the luxurious cruise ship, from the polar circle to the tropics. As one of the pioneers in the development of plate heat exchangers (PHE), GEA Ecoflex not only offers you units proven at sea, but also in-depth special knowledge. The propulsion systems of the different manufacturers determine the design and dimensions of the cooling systems. In addition to cooling the propulsion systems, plate heat exchangers assume a large number of other tasks. Whatever the case may be: Safety, function and low lifetime costs are always on board also.

Lube oil cooler Varitherm VT 1306 installed on container ship Maersk Vancouver. Shipyard: J.J. Sietas, Hamburg

Efficient cooling for main and auxiliary engines

The cooling of ships engines requires a large number of different components, such as the plate heat exchangers of GEA Ecoflex. This illustration shows an exemplary function sequence. Solutions deviating from this are feasible without problems, thanks to the variety of sizes of the plate heat exchangers and their flexibility. We would be pleased to give advice or to show you other individual solutions.

Centralised cooling system with separate low temperature (LT) and high temperature (HT) circuits.

Preheater for sea water desalination

HT fresh water pumps Auxiliaries Charge air cooler M.E.

Lube oil cooler M.E.

Main engine

Aux. engine

LT fresh water pumps

Two principles having the same effect

There are two optional principles available for cooling high-power engines with plate heat exchangers: 1. The PHE are placed separately next to the engine 2. The PHE are directly built-on to the engine block to save space GEA Ecoflex closely co-operates with leading engine manufacturers and is involved in the development of new engine generations. This results in complete high-performance and economic drive systems.

Marine approvals
Plate heat exchangers manufactured by GEA Ecoflex are readily approved by the leading international ship classification bodies.

HT central coolers

LT central coolers

LT-central fresh water cooler Varitherm VT 80 installed on ferry Nils Holgersson (TT-Line)

Sea water pumps

Designing the suitable cooling system

At the time of the installation of the ships engine, the GEA Ecoflex plate heat exchangers are also installed. Depending on the design, the system can assume many tasks regarding the cooling and/or heating of all types of fluids. Typical applications include: Central cooling of the main or auxiliary engines or turbines Lubrication oil cooling Recooling of circulated water which cools cylinders, pistons, injection nozzles, valves and generators Cooling of gearing oil, compressor oil and other lubricants Pre-heating of lubrication oil and heavy fuel oil Pre-heating of sea water for fresh water generation Heat recovery Heat exchange to air-condition the passengers cabins and freight spaces

Queen Mary 2 sails with GEA Ecoflex

Even the machinery room of Queen Mary 2, the most prestigious cruise liner of the world, built at ALSTOM Marine, Saint Nazaire, France, is equipped with GEA Ecoflex plate heat exchangers, particularly with our NT 150 units.

Photo provided with courtesy of Alstom / France

In use for long and short voyages

For marine applications, GEA Ecoflex offers a range of plate heat exchangers that has proven itself over many years. The NT series launched on the market in 2000 rounds off the Varitherm range which has been established for a long time. Due to the high quality materials and their special gap geometry, all our units feature a long operating life and a high-performance.

NT plate heat exchanger

Optimum design due to variable lengths and profiles Low investment due to maximum heat transfer High-corrosion resistance due to a suitable material selection: titanium for sea water, stainless steel for oil and closed-circuit water systems Self-positioning plate package (anti-waving)

Extremely variable in its capacity, profile and material selection Heat exchanger surfaces from 0.1 to 2,000 m2 per unit Flow quantities up to 3,600 m3/h per unit Space and weight saving due to a particularly compact design

Complete solution
Upon customer request, GEA Ecoflex fully equip the cooling units with control components (thermometer, pressure gauges etc.).

Clean plate heat exchangers

The inline filters protect the system from contamination contained in the sea water, such as sea tang, sludge and mussel shells they can be easily cleaned and quickly re-installed.

Economic seals
Here GEA Ecoflex offers the non-adhesive systems EcoLoc or LocIn which permit short down times while reducing your maintenance costs. On request, these seals are, of course, also available in the glue-in version. For technical details on all product groups, please refer to our separate leaflets.

GEA Ecoflex GmbH For more than 75 years, GEA Ecoflex has been developing customer-oriented and cost-optimised plate heat exchanger solutions for the following fields of application:

HVAC refrigeration sugar chemical paper

food life science marine power ethanol

France, Paris GEA Ecoflex, France Phone: + 33-130-146-521 Fax: + 33-130-146-529 E-mail: Great Britain, Sheffield GEA Ecoflex UK Ltd. Phone: + 44 -190-955 -1107 Fax: + 44 -190-955 -0885 E-mail: Sweden, Landskrona GEA Ecobraze AB Phone: + 46 - 418 -446 -160 Fax: + 46 - 418 -446 -177 E-mail:

Italy, Parma GEA Ecoflex, Italy Phone: + 39 -0521-965 -453 Fax: + 39 -0521-965 -507 E-mail: Denmark, Skanderborg GEA Ecoflex, Scandinavia Phone: + 45 - 7015 -2200 Fax: + 45 - 7015 -2244 E-mail: USA, Louisville GEA Ecoflex North America Inc. Phone: + 1-502-962 -3535 Fax: + 1-502-962 -5497 E-mail: Poland, Warsaw GEA Ecoflex, Poland Phone: + 48 -22-608 14 15 Fax: + 48 -22-608 14 25 E-mail:

China, Shanghai GEA Ecoflex, China Phone: + 86-21 63 90 00 01 Fax: + 86-21 63 90 05 56 E-mail: Singapore GEA Ecoflex, Asia Pacific Phone: + 65 -6336 -7278 Fax: + 65 -6336 -3363 E-mail: Malaysia, Puchong GEA Ecoflex (Asia) Sdn. Bhd. Phone: + 60 -3-8060-9592 Fax: + 60 -3-8060-9594 E-mail: India, Navi Mumbai GEA Ecoflex, India Phone: + 91-22 -2764 -2025 Fax: + 91-22 -2769 -3821 E-mail:
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