Features & Benefits of Shell and Tube Heat Exchangers


Chao Lin, BS EE

Applications Engineer

Heidi LaMotte


Jordyn Brown


Shell and tube heat exchangers provide a large surface area for heat transfer. They are a highly efficient solution for carrying heat between liquids or gasses.

Shell and tube heat exchangers are optimal cooling solutions for hydraulic, marine, rail, and industrial applications of every kind. They’re perfect for removing process heat,  preheating, cooling hydraulics, cooling turbines, mining machinery, compressors, and engines, condensing, and evaporating. 

Hare some of the other benefits. 

Efficient Heat Transfers

Shell and tube heat exchanges make it easy to pump materials and transfer temperatures quickly without relying on additional equipment. They use little energy and produce little pollution.

Plus, shell and tube heat exchangers are suitable for high-pressure, high-temperature applications.

Easy Maintenance

Shell and tube heat exchangers have a simple design, which makes them easy to clean and maintain. There is no complicated equipment to address or deal with. 

It’s even easy to conduct pressure checks in order to locate and repair tube leaks. 

If there are issues, they’re easy to disassemble and reassemble. 


Shell and tube heat exchangers have no dimension limits. You can modify the pitch, arrangement, length, number, and diameter of the pipes, adjusting them until they are perfect for your application. You can even have them designed for dual use, which can help you cut costs.

You can also choose from a wide range of materials, depending on whether you need your heat exchanger to withstand corrosive environments, handle high temperatures, or handle high-pressure applications. 

Plus, you’ll find they adapt well to changes in process conditions.


Shell and tube heat exchangers are relatively inexpensive when compared to a variety of other options, including plate and frame heat exchangers. 

The aforementioned ease of maintenance also lowers the overall cost of ownership. When maintained correctly, these heat exchangers can even last for a quarter of a century, making them a great investment.

Let Courtney & Nye Help You Find the Perfect Heat Exchanger Today

It’s easy to see why shell and tube heat exchangers are such a popular option and why they’re one of the most common types of heat exchanger. 

Courtney and Nye Inc has a long history of serving industrial applications in the PNW. We offer a wide variety of shell and tube exchanger options, including new, remanufactured, and quick-ship options. We can help you find the right heat exchanger to meet your needs. All of our heat exchangers meet industry standards, including TEMA and ASME.
Contact us to find your heat exchanger today.