Heat Exchangers

Scraped Surface Heat Exchangers

The scraped surface heat exchanger ideal for industrial and hygienic applications. Based on the traditional shell and tube heat exchanger, the scraping elements inside each interior tube that are moved back and forth by hydraulic action. This is to ensure that any fouling on the tube wall is removed. Additionally, the scraping movement introduces turbulence in the fluid increasing heat transfer. This design makes an ideal heat exchanger for high fouling and viscous fluids.

Scraped surface heat exchanger theory

Scraped surface heat exchanger theory

Elements of the Scraped Surface Heat Exchanger

The Scraped Surface Heat Exchanger consists of a hydraulic cylinder that moves the scraper bars, the heat exchanger and a chamber that separates both elements. The hydraulic cylinder is connected to a hydraulic power pack that is included in the supply. Smaller models of the Scraped Surface heat Exchanger can be supplied with a pneumatic cylinder.

Scraped surface heat exchanger assembly

Scraped surface heat exchanger assembly

Scraped Surface

The scraping system consists of a stainless steel rod to which the scraping elements are fitted. Various types of scrapers are available. For each application, the optimal scraper is selected and fitted. The Scraped Surface Heat Exchanger can work with fluids containing big particles due to its unique design.

Scraped surface heat exchanger pilot plant

Scraped surface heat exchanger pilot plant


  • Dairy: Cheese, yoghurt, cream, whey concentrate, ice cream, condensed milk
  • Fruits: Juice concentrate, fruit purée, diced fruit
  • Vegetables: Fried vegetables, tomato concentrate
  • Convenience Food: Eggs, mashed potato, ketchup, mayonnaise, baby food, spreads, fats, oils
  • Proteins: Visceras, meat slurry, MDM, meat stuffing, minced meat, pet food
  • Confectionary: Chocolate, pie filling, paste, marmalade, syrup, gelatine, starch, butter
  • Beverages: Coffee extract, juice freezing, yeast-malt extracts
  • Cosmetics: Lotion, cream, gel
  • Environmental Waste: Waste concentration, manure, food plant effluent, chemical waste, solvent recovery
  • Biofuels: Oil extraction for biodiesel, biomass pre-treatment, thermal hydrolysis, fermentation digestate concentration


A special version of the Scraped Surface Heat Exchanger has been developed for evaporation applications. The design consists of a shell and tube heat exchanger with scraping rods in the interior tubes. During evaporation, fouling and reduced heat transfer can become a problem for traditional evaporators. In the Scraped Surface Heat Exchanger, the scraping action keeps the heat transfer surface clean and maintains high heat transfer, allowing the Scraped Surface Heat Exchanger to concentrate to levels where traditional technologies fail. The Scraped Surface Heat Exchanger evaporators can be applied in a multi-effect setup or in combination with mechanical vapour recompression. The scrapers allow continuous operation and reduces downtime of the plant.

The Scraped Surface Heat Exchanger evaporator can operate under vacuum and is ideally suited for volume reduction of environmental waste and Brine concentration.

Case Study – Brine Concentration

  • Feed                                   : 10m3/hour
  • Evaporation Capacity    : 7m3/hour
  • Nr Effects                         : 2
  • Energy Source                 : CHP exhaust gas
Manure effluent heat exchanger

Manure effluent scraped surface heat exchanger

 Evaporator Product Data Sheet.

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