ALPEMA ~ standards

Published Standards

cover These Standards, which were produced by the ALPEMA Members, are the comprehensive and authoritative reference to all the main aspects of the specification, design, manufacture, purchase and use of brazed aluminium plate-fin heat exchangers (BAHXs). The Standards comprise the following chapters

  • General description and nomenclature
  • Tolerances
  • General design, fabrication and contractual information
  • Installation, operation and maintenance
  • Mechanical standards
  • Materials
  • Thermal and hydraulic design
  • Recommended good practice
  • Special applications and exchanger peripherals

The first edition of the Standards was published in 1994 and the 3rd edition is now available through the IHS Standards Store.

Are there any corrections to the 3rd Edition?

The latest version of the Standards is dated May 2012. It includes the following corrections which were made to the first version of the 3rd Edition, published in 2010.

  • p.(v1). Addition of Figure 1-1 to the list of Figures
  • p.42. Addition of new final paragraph to Section 5.12.2.4, as follows; "Note that Table 5-1 has been updated with values increased compared to past values. Therefore, any additional multipliers applied to ALPEMA allowable forces and moments should be reconsidered."
  • p.52. Format correction to Equation (3)
  • p.54. Format correction to Equation (8).

Specification Sheet

A typical specification sheet is available for download here.

Improvements

Please send any ideas, suggestions or improvements to John Thome

About

ALPEMA, the Brazed Aluminium Plate-Fin Heat Exchanger Manufacturer's Association represents the world's five major manufacturers of brazed aluminium plate-fin heat exchangers (BAHXs). These are very compact exchangers built to a high specification for use in air separation plants and a wide range of other petrochemical and refrigeration applications. The Association has developed a set of standards for the manufacture, installation and safe operation of BAHXs.

Contact

For further information or to give your views, contact

John Thome
ALPEMA Chairman
Tel : +41 (0)21 693 59 81
Fax : +41 (0)21 693 59 60
E-mail: johnthomeinc@gmail.com

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