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A heat exchanger is a device built for efficient heat transfer from one medium to another. The media may be separated by a solid wall, so that they never mix, or they may be in direct contact. They are widely used in space heating, refrigeration, air conditioning, power plants, chemical plants, petrochemical plants, petroleum refineries, natural gas processing, and sewage treatment. One common example of a heat exchanger is the radiator in a car, in which the heat source, being a hot engine-cooling fluid, water, transfers heat to air flowing through the radiator (i.e. the heat transfer medium).
Types of Heat Exchangers:
Funding Opportunities for Engineers
See also: Grants
- A list of funding opportunities, mostly in the United States, can be found here.
- The National Science Foundation (of the USA) is offering an environmental sustainability program that supports research in the area of Engineering for sustainable development.
- Canadian homeowners and small business owners can apply for grants and financial initiatives from Natural Resources Canada for improving energy efficiency.
- The School of Engineering Learn, Lead and Serve (LLS) Fund is a program at the Catholic University of Dayton in Ohio that offers $1,000 to $2,000 grants to individuals and groups for engineering research and community service. Grants and scholarships of this type are likely offered to students at other universities and colleges around the world.
- The Energy Innovations Small Grant Program provides grants for "small businesses, non-profits, individuals and academic institutions to conduct research that establishes the feasibility of new, innovative energy concepts".
See also: Journals
- Solar water heat pasteurization
- Microchannel heat exchanger
- Heat Exchangers: Selection, Rating and Thermal Design
Heat Exchanger Development
- Engineering for Sustainable Development is an Appropedia page with external links to education programs and courses.
- Service learning is a great way to accomplish education while providing a useful service. Engineers learn well through practically applying their skills. See Service learning in engineering for more information.
- The Engineering Subject Centre in the UK offers resources for Education for Sustainable Development.
- The Applied Sustainability Research Group within the Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada led by J.M.Pearce provides the opportunity for research and education on engineering for sustainable development.
- The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education lists education programs in the United States.
Companies involved with heat exchangers
- Diversified Heat Transfer
- Industrial Heat Transfer
- Rubicon Industries
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