GEA Heat Exchangers opens a new R&D laboratory
19. May 2015 GEA Heat Exchangers / GEA Searle Systems, located in Fareham, Hampshire (UK), has now opened its new research and development laboratory. With new state-of-the-art testing equipment, GEA Heat Exchangers will now be able to provide controlled conditions to continue essential research development and to contribute new and innovative solutions to the challenges facing the market today.
The new Fareham laboratory was built after a devastating fire that damaged one end of the whole complex, which also contained the paint shop, coil coating processes, and assembly areas. Work was immediately commenced to rebuild the section of the factory that had been damaged. It will be in full operation in summer of this year, with advanced testing equipment such as an air flow test rig, an inner calorimeter room, an environmental test chamber, as well as a connected, smaller air flow test chamber to enable testing of heat transfer coefficients. A hot-water system for testing GEA Searle dry coolers and a refrigeration pack for testing GEA Searle coolers and condensers are also included in the new equipment. In addition to the R507 refrigeration pack, a state-of-the-art transcritical CO2 refrigeration plant will be part of the new facility. The new X-ray micro-tomography system is likewise an essential feature of the new plant.
Applying advanced technology to product development not only enables GEA Heat Exchangers to assure optimized new and existing tube profiles, but also demonstrates the benefits of a range of new fin enhancements. GEA Heat Exchangers intends to continue to apply these techniques to ensure continued optimization and ongoing development of its coil and case technologies. This work will also support collaboration on the market with partners of GEA Heat Exchangers to advance the application of fundamental operating principles and to assure greater confidence in its processes and products.
Future plans to develop our popular GEA Searle V-Bank ranges are underway to design and produce an even more cost-efficient and greener product for market introduction. By employment of our new state-of-the art laboratory, we are on target to achieve this objective.
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