The stress characteristics of plate-fin structures at the different operation parameters of LNG heat exchanger
School of Civil Engineering, Lanzhou University of Technology,
Lanzhou - PR China
2 Sinopec Petroleum Engineering Zhongyuan Corporation, Puyang - PR China
* Corresponding author: email@example.com
Accepted: 5 March 2018
In this paper, the stresses of plate-fin structures at the different operation parameters were analyzed in actual operation process of LNG plate-fin heat exchanger based on finite element method and thermal elastic theory. Stress characteristics of plate-fin structures were investigated at the different operation parameters of that. The results show that the structural failure of plate-fin structures is mainly induced by the maximum shear stress at the brazing filler metal layer between plate and fin while by the maximum normal stress in the region of brazed joint near the fin side. And a crack would initiate in brazed joint near the fin side. The maximum normal stress is also main factor to result in the structural failure of plate-fin structures at the different temperature difference (between Natural Gas (NG) and Mixture Refrigerant (MR)), MR temperature and NG pressure of LNG heat exchanger. At the same time, the peak stresses obviously increase as the temperature difference, MR temperature and NG pressure increase. These results will provide some constructive instructions in the safe operation of LNG plate-fin heat exchanger in a large-scale LNG cold-box.
© H. Ma et al., published by IFP Energies nouvelles, 2018
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