Plate Heat Exchanger: Made Better with Additive Manufacturing

Gif showing plate heat exchanger in nTopology

Plate heat exchangers are very common in industrial heat transfer applications. They use stacked metal plates to create channels that separate the hot and cold fluid flows.  The plates can be either braze welded together or clamped with tightening bolts.

With Additive Manufacturing, we can improve this traditional design and generate plate heat exchanger replacements with the same form factor but improved performance and quality that are manufacturable in one piece. 

In this nTop Live, Yuki Okada, Technical Marketing Engineer at nTopology, shows you how to create a fully customizable heat exchanger with identical external dimensions to a traditional plate heat exchanger. He uses a gyroid TPMS infill to create a heat exchanger core with a high heat transfer area. On top of that, the workflow will be condensed into one block to go through multiple design iterations of the heat exchanger. 

Watch and learn how to:

  •  Create a custom heat exchanger designs
  •  Generate a two-fluid domain gyroid TPMS lattice heat exchanger core
  •  Package the entire process into a reusable workflow

Level: Intermediate

Industry: Aerospace, Automotive

Applications: Heat Exchanger Design, Additive Manufacturing, Rapid Design Exploration

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Recreate the steps that Yuki followed in this video. To download all the necessary files for this, click here.