Tubes Pattern:
The tubes in an exchanger are usually arranged in an equilateral triangular, square, or rotated square pattern. The triangular and rotated square patterns give higher heat-transfer rates, but at the expense of a higher pressure drop than the square pattern. A square, or rotated square arrangement, is used for heavily fouling fluids, where it is necessary to mechanically clean the outside of the tubes. The recommended tube pitch (distance between tube centers) is 1.25 times the tube outside diameter; and this will normally be used unless process requirements dictate otherwise. Where a square pattern is used for ease of cleaning, the recommended minimum clearance between the tubes is 0.25 in. (6.4 mm).
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