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Dry air-cooled heat exchangers (ACHE) form an integral part of refinery cooling systems of which the header boxes form an important component. It is commonly designed as an ASME Section VIII Division 1 pressure vessel, but unfortunately neither ASME nor the American Petroleum Institute (API) provide guidance regarding to the methodology which shoul...

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... specimen used is shown in Fig. 8 and was chosen to match an experimental specimen planned for a later investigation. The dimensions of the specimen were selected to be close to those found in industry and the major dimensions are given in Table 1. The vessel end plates were deliberately omitted as their effect is well known and documented and making the vessel sufficiently long to remove the end effects leads to both a very large mesh and an expensive and unwieldy experimental specimen. ...
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... Nozzle Large Nozzle Pressure 1 1xAPI, (+) 1xAPI, (+) None 2 1xAPI, (-) 1xAPI, (-) ...


... A centering mandrel is introduced into the tube and the welding is performed. Studies can be found about this kind of heat exchanger in [25][26][27][28], but they are related to the design and analysis of the header box, especially the nozzle joints. ...
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The rear wall of the header box serves as a tubesheet in heat exchangers of double plate header box. Tube-to-tubesheet welding must be performed using orbital Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW) with a head extension, which is passed through the corresponding hole in the front wall (plugsheet) of the header box, where the welding machine is supported. In this project, the effect of parallelism deviations between the plugsheet and the tubesheet of carbon steel header box is analyzed to evaluate its influence on the quality of the tube-to-tubesheet welding. Welded tube (SA-210 Gr. A1) to tubesheet (SA-516 Gr. 70) coupons are manufactured simulating the parallelism deviations previously analyzed in two double plate header boxes of air-cooled heat exchangers using two different preheating temperatures. Macrographic analysis is performed in order to evaluate the weld penetration (minimum leak path) and length of the weld leg in tube-to-tubesheet joints. The results obtained show important variations in those parameters when the parallelism deviations are equal to or greater than −1 mm over the theoretical distance as well as when the distance approaches +1 mm or more. Finally, the incorporation of dimensional controls prior to the welding process is discussed and the implementation of improvements in orbital GTAW equipment is recommended as an optimal solution for this kind of heat exchangers.