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February 1997


Vessels and equipment


General specification

Part 4

Behälter und Apparate; Plattenwärmeaustauscher; Technische Lieferbedingungen





Supersedes 85-09

This specification covers the requirements for design, fabrication and inspection of plate heat exchangers.
This general specification shall apply in conjunction with the related technical specifications, codes and standards such as the pressure vessel code.


Contradictions and deviations

If the requirements in this general specification are in contradiction with the relevant technical specification,
the latter shall apply. If the manufacturer intends or has to deviate from the standards cited in this specification, such deviations require the purchaser's written approval.



The specified components shall conform to the state of the art. Any deviation from the approved designs or
any proprietary configuration require the purchaser's written approval.



The plate heat exchangers shall be vertical unless otherwise specified. Wall-mounted heat exchangers or
other special types may be used if this is agreed with the purchaser. If hazardous fluids such as acids, liquors,
etc. are circulated in the heat exchanger, adequate splash guards shall be installed to protect the personnel.



The frame consists of a frame plate with fluid inlet and outlet, an upper suspension rod, a lower guiding rod,
an end support and a pressure plate attached to said suspension rod. The heat exchanger plates are arranged between the pressure plate and the frame plate and linked by means of an adequate number of tie
rods housed in sleeves. The tightening torque required for the tie rods shall be indicated. The frame shall be
designed such that the capacity can be increased by approx. 10 %, i.e. up to 50 exchanger plates can be
It is imperative that the plates can be easily and quickly installed and removed without using a crane or a
similar device.



Plates of the same shape (interchangeable) or of different shapes may be used, depending on the thermodynamic
and thermohydraulic requirements. It is recommended that the plates be designed for convenient handling.



The external edges and the holes of said plates shall have gaskets to be glued to the contact surfaces. The
gaskets may also be clamped or fixed by an adequate method. The gasket shall be shaped to isolate the fluids on both sides such that they cannot be mixed. The hollow space between the two toric sides of the gasket
shall have a groove for discharging leak fluids.



In the case of single-pass constructions, the inlet and outlet connections shall be on the frame plate. If connections have to be arranged on the frame plate side and the pressure plate side, the nozzles shall be clearly
indicated in the technical specification and workshop drawings. The pressure plate shall have back-flushing
connections, if required.
In order to provide adequate corrosion protection, the connection openings shall be lined with suitable materials. Rubber liners require the purchaser's written approval.
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Technical discipline: EN-EP

i. parts list and codes • material certificates • pressure test The plate heat exchanger shall be subjected to a pressure test on both fluid sides. codes and standards shall be observed. Reference Krupp Uhde standards UN 2000-09 Part 1 UN V416-04 Part 1 nameplate for vessels water quality for pressure tests and flushing . the other chamber having atmospheric pressure only.6 Materials of construction The construction materials shall comply with the relevant vessel specification. type of plate and serial number are clearly visible. A plate arrangement drawing shall also be prepared.Page 2 UN 2100-01 Part 4 2. Then. positions of the nozzles. This plate shall be attached to the frame plate. including foundation bolts and special tools • dimensional accuracy and proper workmanship (visual inspection) • compliance of the materials with the specification. The chloride content of the water used for the pressure tests shall comply with Krupp Uhde standard UN V416-04 Part 1. The applicable specifications. 4 Tests and inspections When the plate heat exchanger is inspected by the purchaser and/or his representative. 3 Fabrication The fabrication of the heat exchanger shall conform to the state of the art. the following tests and checks shall be performed: • scope of supplies. the vessel nozzles shall be closed. and list of nozzles. 2. foundation loads. both chambers shall be subjected to a common pressure test. After performing the test and draining the heat exchanger. the pressure being maintained for 20 minutes. Moreover. list of itemized components including the weights. Part 1.e. Materials other than those indicated in the documents require the purchaser's written approval even if they are of equivalent quality. 5 Nameplate and tagging The plate heat exchanger shall have a nameplate according to Krupp Uhde standard UN 2000-09. the pressure in the tested chamber shall be maintained for 50 minutes. the individual plates shall be tagged such that the material number.7 Drawings The following items shall be shown in the drawings: main components of the plate heat exchanger including the dimensions. The use of faulty materials is not permitted and new gaskets have to be installed.