The rate of change has accelerated in the fields of energy, transportation and computer technology. As we endeavor to harness power from new sources or operate equipment more efficiently, managing heat in the most efficient way possible becomes more and more important. Fortunately, Rigidized® Metals, a leader in surface engineering, has responded to this call with Vipertex® enhanced surfaces. Engineers in emerging technology fields will find merit in becoming familiar with the benefits of Vipertex® to improve the efficiency of processes from cooling batteries and computer servers to obtaining geothermal energy more productively.
Many processes can benefit greatly from the use of Vipertex® enhanced surfaces. In some applications, heat transfer is enhanced fivefold compared to smooth tubing. Vipertex® affords the opportunity to build a higher capacity unit. Another way to consider this is that a unit of given capacity will be smaller if constructed using Vipertex® materials. Building a smaller unit in the first place can be economically compelling in terms of reduced materials, reduced space required, and less project complexity.
Potential benefits of Vipertex® in emerging technologies applications include:
- Reduced energy consumption
- Bottleneck resolution
- Higher capacity operations
- Smaller, less expensive heat exchanger installations
- Demonstrated anti-fouling properties
- Readily enhanced stainless steel and titanium for corrosive applications