Tubular heaters are used across a wide range of industries, in a myriad of different process heating applications as they can be configured into almost any size or shape. This makes them suitable for use in almost any environment needing quick, dependable and cost-effective heating. Here is a quick rundown on what you need to know about these versatile pieces of industrial equipment:
How They Work
Tubular heaters work on any of the three principles of heating – conduction, convection or radiation. Regardless of the actual construction – it varies according to watt density, size, shape and sheath – a tubular heater produces heat within a confined area. The resultant heat is directly radiated into the material, conducted via a suitable liquid or convected via a forced-air system.
Where They are Used
Copper-sheathed tubular heaters are used in a variety of industries – from retail food to residential construction where water, oil and grease need to be heated. The stainless steel variety, on the other hand, is ideal for use in industrial applications that involve the use of strong acids and bases. Finally, the “incology,” “inconel” and titanium sheaths are used in the most corrosive of environments.
Their relatively compact size and advanced controlling mechanisms make for an incredibly versatile appliance with phenomenally precise heat transfer and temperature maintenance. The use of any number of materials – steel, stainless steel, Incoloy, inconel or titanium alloys – means that tubular elements can be used in almost application. In fact, most engineers regard them as the foundation of all heating systems.
For more information on custom tubular heating systems, please contact Accutherm. We can be found online at http://accutherm.com/ or reached directly by phone at 800-243-8162.