A Project to Design and Build Compact Heat Exchangers


  • Richard A. Davis University of Minnesota Duluth


Students designed and manufactured compact, shell-and-tube heat exchangers in a project-based learning exercise integrated with our heat transfer course. The heat exchangers were constructed from common building materials available at home improvement centers. The cost of materials for a device was less than $20. The project gave students hands-on, mechanical experience with common tools and materials of construction. Students developed their skills in engineering judgment and gained confidence in basic principles of engineering design.

Author Biography

Richard A. Davis, University of Minnesota Duluth

Richard A Davis is Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of Minnesota Duluth, where he teaches transport phenomena, unit operations, separations, biochemical engineering, and computational methods. He received his BS and PhD degrees in chemical engineering from Brigham Young University and the University of California Santa Barbara, respectively. His current research activities include process optimization, modeling, and simulation.