to success
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Distributor / authorized representative that deals with supply & delivery of shell and tube heat exchangers to industrial enterprises of Russia

Engineering company ‘Intech GmbH’ LLC (ООО «Интех ГмбХ»), Russia, has been successfully working with a number of Russian industrial enterprises at the local market for more than 20 years. Since the company’s founding, it has acquired immense engineering experience, market reputation, and has realized more than a hundred large-scale projects at the industrial plants in Russia. Our company is continuously in search of new business partners, who consider Russian market investment-attractive and want to boost their sales in the region, as well as expand their field of activities and enter a new international level.

We are interested in cooperation with the manufacturers of shell and tube heat exchangers, who are looking for an official and reliable distributor that deals with supply & delivery of their equipment to the industrial plants in Russia.

The company’s top management and sales team are well acquainted with the Russian market, its mentality and laws; they also understand industrial specifics of the financial and economic activities of the Russian customers. All our sales managers have a large customer database, extensive experience of successful sales and well-established connections with the potential buyers of your shell and tube heat exchangers. This allows our managers to promptly set out the most promising directions for promotion and to ensure a rapid entry of the products into the promising Russian market. Our employees, who are fluent in English and German, are focused on working at the international market with the supplies of foreign equipment.

Our team of experienced engineers, who can handle the most serious technical problems, constantly keeps in touch with the Russian customers, holds meetings and delivers presentations regarding the latest achievements of our manufacturing partners. They point out the engineering challenges and actively communicate with all the departments at Russian plants. That is why the specifics of doing a business in the Russian Federation are well-known to us, and we also know the equipment of the local industrial plants and their up-to-date modernization needs.

Once we become your authorized representative in Russia, our marketing staff will carry out a market research in order to check the demand for shell and tube heat exchangers, will submit a market overview for shell and tube heat exchangers that you offer and evaluate the needs for this type of equipment at local plants. Our specialists will also estimate the potential and capacity of this market at local industrial plants. Our IT-team will start developing a website for your products in Russian. Our experts will assess the conformity between your shell and tube heat exchangers and customer needs as well as analyze the common reaction to the new goods in general. We will look into the categories of potential customers, and pick out the largest and the most promising plants.

Upon becoming your authorized agent on the territory of Russia, ‘Intech GmbH’ LLC (ООО «Интех ГмбХ»), will obtain certificates, if required, for a batch of the goods, for various types of shell and tube heat exchangers in compliance with Russian standards. We can also arrange the inspection in order to obtain TR TS 010 and TR TS 012 Certificates. These certificates provides permission to operate your equipment at all industrial plants of the EAEU countries (Russia, Kazakhstan, Belarus, Armenia, Kyrgyzstan), including the hazardous industrial facilities. Our company is eager to assist in issuing Technical Passports for shell and tube heat exchangers as per Russian and other EAEU countries’ requirements.

Our engineering company ‘Intech GmbH’ LLC (ООО «Интех ГмбХ»), collaborates with several Russian design institutes in various industrial segments, which allows us to conduct preliminary design as well as subsequent design works according to the standards, construction rules and regulations that are applicable in Russia and other CIS countries. It also enables us to include your shell and tube heat exchangers into the future projects.

The Company has its own logistics department that can provide packing service, handling as well as the most efficient and cost effective mode of transportation of the goods (incl. over dimensional and overweight goods). The goods can be delivered on DAP or DDP-customer’s warehouse basis in full compliance with all the relevant regulations and requirements that are applicable on the Russian market.

Our company has its own certified specialists who will carry out installation supervision and commissioning of the delivered equipment, as well as further guarantee and post-guarantee maintenance of shell and tube heat exchangers. They will also provide necessary training and guidance for the customer’s personnel.

Brief overview of shell and tube heat exchangers

Historical background

For the first time, the device of this type was designed in early XX century when it became necessary for thermal stations to have heat exchangers with large heat exchange surface and that could operate at rather high pressure.

Nowdays, shell-and-tube heat exchangers are used as preheaters, condensers and evaporators. Many years of operation experience and multiple engineering developments have resulted in significant improvement of their design.

At the same time, early in the previous century, widespread application of shell-and-tube heat exchangers was also started in petroleum industry. Heavy conditions of petroleum refining created a demand for petroleum fluid mass heaters and coolers, condensers and evaporators for separate fractions of crude petroleum and for organic liquids.

High temperatures and pressure, during operation of a device, as well as poor quality of petroleum itself and its fractions cause quick contamination of parts of the device. Due to that, design features of heat exchangers should allow rapid and thorough cleaning and servicing.


The device is used for heat exchange between the flows of substances in different states of matter:

  • steam-liquid;
  • liquid-liquid;
  • gas-gas;
  • gas-liquid.

The device design includes a bundle of tubes placed within a cylindrical housing. As a rule, the shell-and-tube heat exchanger body is made of welded; more rarely, it is made from casting.

Rolling or welding is used to fit the tubes to two tube grids. The fitting method depends on the type of structural material. As a rule, the length of the tubes is 5-7 m. The tubes, arranged in a bundle, are placed staggered at vertices of an equilateral triangle. The interval is s=(1.25-1.30)·dП, where dП is the outer diameter of the tubes. Such heat exchangers are provided with two covers with nipples. The covers are removable and are used for inlet and outlet of a heat transfer agent, which is flowing in pipes. The tube space and the intertube space are separated. The second heat transfer agent is in the intertube space, which is also provided with inlet and outlet nipples. |For ease of cleaning, a substance containing solids flows in tubes. The substance is fed under high pressure and has aggressive properties, thus protecting tubes against corrosion. The heat transfer coefficient from the intertube space is lower because the passage area of the intertube space exceeds significantly the general total flow section of the tubes. However, volumetric consumptions of heat transfer agents are equal. To eliminate the effect described, the speed of a heat transfer agent is increased; for this purpose, various partitions are placed in the intertube space.

Shell-and-tube heat exchangers can be placed vertically or horizontally depending on available site conditions. This device can be connected serially if a longer heat transfer agent passe is required. Parallel interconnection might be used, if the necessary number of tubes cannot be placed in a single housing.

All in all, multipass heat exchanger is used to increase speed and intensity of heat exchange by making the passes of heat transfer agents longer.

Two-pass shell-and-tube heat exchanger is equipped with a gate in the top coverto allow the heat transfer agent to passes in tubes through the half of a bundle, and then to pass backwards through the second half of a bundle. The second medium flows in the intertube space where sectional gates are used to make the pass longer. Three-pass and six-pass heat exchanger does also exist.

Generally, rigid fastening of a tube bundle and housing is typical for all the multipass heat exchangers. These heat exchangers are used if the difference in temperatures between both heat transfer agents is small. If the difference in tubes and in intertube space media temperatures is high, the multipass heat exchagers are equipped with compensating equipment.

A lens compensator has the simplest design comparing to other compensator types. Such compensators are used when the pressure is low in the intertube space (up to 1 MPa).

There is almost no limits for thermal elongation compensation in devices with floating head. This device has two grids: one grid is fastened rigidly, and another moves freely. In these designs, the tube bundle can be dismantled for repair and cleaning. To maximize reliability of separation between the tube and intertube spaces, the cover is equipped with floating head nipple with gland seal.

Configuration versions

In the course of time, shell-and-tube heat exchangers gained wide application. This was due to their simple and reliable design as well as large number of possible configurations suitable for various operation conditions such as:

  •  vertical or horizontal configuration of a heat exchanger, boiling or condensation, single-phase flows of a heat transfer agent on hot or cold side of the device;
  •  possible operating range of pressures: from vacuum to quite high values;
  • variability of pressure differences within wide ranges at both sides of heat exchange surface due to a large number of design versions;
  • requirements in terms of thermal stresses can be satisfied without significant growth of cost of the device;
  • device dimensions – from small to the largest, up to 7000 m²;
  • materials that can be chosen depending on the requirements for corrosion, pressure and temperature mode, taking their related cost into consideration;
  • heat exchange surfaces can be used both within tubes and externally;
  • a tube bundle being accessible for repair and cleaning of tubes.

Despite wide applications of shell-and-tube heat exchangers alternative design options should be considered while searching the right device.


The main components of shell-and-tube heat exchangers are tube bundles fastened in tube grids, covers, shells, branch pipes, chambers and supports. As a rule, in these heat exchangers, the tube space and intertube space are separated by gates.

Types of shell-and-tube heat exchangers

water-water preheaters;
water coolers for compressors and diesels;
steam-water preheaters;
coolers for various types of turbines, hydraulic presses, pump and compressor systems, power transformers;
air coolers and preheaters;
coolers and preheaters for nutrient media;
coolers and preheaters used in petrochemical industry;
water preheaters for swimming pools;
evaporators and condensers for refrigerator plants.

Scope and area of application

Shell-and-tube heat exchangers are used in industrial freezing equipment, in petrochemical, chemical and food processing industry, for heat water treatment pumps and sewerage systems.

Shell-and-tube heat exchangers can be also used in chemical and thermal industry for heat exchange between liquid, gaseous and steam-like heat transfer agents in thermochemical processes. Nowadays, these devices are the most widely used.


Reliability of shell-and-tube heat exchangers during operation:

Shell-and-tube heat exchangers can easily withstand temperature and pressure changes. Tube bundles are not being destroyed by vibrations and hydraulic impacts.

Low proneness to contamination of device

The heat exchangers tubes does not have a tendency to contaminate, can be cleaned quite easily by cavitation impact method, chemical method or, for dismountable device, by mechanical methods.

Long service life

The service life is quite long – up to 35 years.

Various media could be used.

Shell-and-tube heat exchangers, which are now applied in industry, are adapted for a wide variety of process media such as sanitary, sea and river water, petroleum products, oils, and chemically active media; even the most aggressive media hardly reduce reliability of such heat exchangers.

Upon becoming the official distributer of process burners and ignition systems, our company ‘Intech GmbH’ LLC (ООО «Интех ГмбХ»), carries out the following: finds the buyers of your products on the market, conducts technical and commercial negotiations with the customers regarding the supplies of your equipment, concludes contracts. Should a bidding take place, we will collect and prepare all the documents required for the participation, conclude all the necessary contracts for the supply of your equipment, as well as register the goods (process burners and ignition systems) and conduct customs clearance procedures. We will also register a certificate of transaction (Passport of Deal) required for all foreign trade contracts in the foreign currency control department of the authorized Russian bank so that currency transaction could be effected. If required, our company will implement an equipment spacing project in order to integrate your equipment into the existing or newly built production plant.

We are convinced that our company ‘Intech GmbH’ LLC (ООО «Интех ГмбХ»), will become your reliable, qualified and efficient partner & distributor in Russia.

We are always open for cooperation, so let’s move forward together!