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Report reference period 01.01.1998 to 30.06.2000

The main purpose of this project was to improve and develop high efficient evaporators and reboilers, used in the oil and gas processing industries, by introducing innovative technologies. Process intensification has been achieved by reducing the size of the equipment and increasing heat transfer, which lead to higher heat recovery and lower energy consumption. In order to reach these objectives, both innovative technologies and accurate design methods have been developed. Finally, promotion and diffusion of the results towards end-users have been emphasised by evaluation of the technical and economic feasibility.
This project has focused on both tube and plate fin bundles applied to the oil and gas processing industries, and dealt with:
· the establishment of thermal and hydraulic performances of innovative surfaces
under actual flow conditions (boiling of hydrocarbons) ;
· the development and the validation of a new design methodology, based on local and overall flow modelling ;
· the construction and the test of a 5 MW pilot unit incorporating enhanced tubes;
· the test of a vertical intensified plate fin thermosyphon;
· the organisation of a seminar (Grenoble, France, 29-30 June 2000);
· the promotion and the diffusion of innovative enhancement techniques for

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