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Principal Components

The main components of a heat exchanger are the front head, shell section and rear head. Each component is available in a number of varying standard designs.

Front and Rear Head Designs
Head designs can vary from plain standard castings to fabricated assemblies with many special features. In many cases, the requirements of an installation may dictate the choice of the more elaborate design.

Shell Section Designs
Heat exchanger shells are manufactured in most standard sizes, materials, and thickness. Small sizes are usually fabricated of standard size pipe. Larger sizes are fabricated of plate.

Selection of a particular size shell depends, of course, on the requirements of a given installation.


CMS Heat Transfer Division, Inc.

273 Knickerbocker Avenue � Bohemia, NY 11716 USA

Tel: 631-968-0084 � Fax: 631-968-0184 � Email:

CMS Heat Transfer products include shell and tube heat exchangers, fixed tubesheet and u-tube exchangers, oil coolers, pre-heaters, condensers, after-coolers, steam converters, kettles, reboilers and evaporators. CMS engineering include custom heat exchanger, process and mechanical design services to all TEMA and ASME conformance requirements.

IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER: All information on this site is provided for reference. While we make effort to provide accurate information, CMS cannot be held responsible for errors either of omission or typographical.

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