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Industries Served Heat Exchanger & Pressure Vessels

Heat Exchanger Pressure Vessels

At Hillman, we provide a wide range of industrial materials for heat exchangers and pressure vessels, including sheet metals, plates, tubes, and pipes. We adhere to extremely tight tolerances for processing and use CNC machining to meet your specifications precisely. Our expert team has the experience, equipment, and capabilities to fulfill orders for custom-made layouts and large-scale industrial operations. We stock both standard and specialized non-ferrous metals for heat exchanger and pressure vessel components.

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Which Industries Depend on High-Performance Heat Exchangers and Pressure Vessels?

Both pressure vessels and heat exchangers are practically essential for any industrial manufacturing. These systems play major roles in:

  • Power generation
  • Food and beverage plants
  • Oil and gas operations
  • Chemical processing
  • Automotive and dry goods manufacturing
  • Defense projects

Heat exchangers can function as reboilers, evaporators, condensers, heaters, and similar parts. Pressure vessels hold liquids and gases at extremely high or extremely low pressures. Some examples are separators, temporary storage containers, boilers, process vessels, mixers, distillers, and chemical reactors.

What Are Good Non-Ferrous Metals for Heat Exchanger Systems and Pressure Vessels?

Heat exchanger components must have the ability to resist significant pressure and endure intense operating temperatures but also provide excellent thermal conductivity. Non-ferrous metals for pressure vessels can meet demanding requirements:

  • Stainless steel: Austenitic SS grades 304 and 316 combine excellent durability, strength, weldability, and corrosion resistance for general-purpose applications.
  • Duplex: This group of specialized SS alloys has greater toughness and improved corrosion resistance for marine and petrochemical needs.
  • Copper-nickel alloys: With nearly unparalleled heat conduction and corrosion resistance, copper is one of the best materials for heat exchangers, held back mainly by its cost.
  • Monel 400 and alloy 800T: These specialty nickel alloys offer exceptional qualities for extreme operating environments, such as offshore drilling and petrochemical processing.

We also carry bronze, naval brass, yellow bronze, and other non-ferrous metals for heat exchangers.

What Factors Should Businesses Consider When Selecting Non-Ferrous Materials for Pressure Vessels?

For pressure vessels, the ideal metal and processing method often depends on the precise characteristics of the operating environment. Key factors include hot or cold temperature levels, pressure limits, and process pressurization time.

Mechanical considerations such as impact resistance, vibrations, and necessary thickness also matter. For open-air, marine, and chemical manufacturing operations, corrosion resistance and oxidation protection are especially important.

Why Is Selecting the Right Type of Material Important for Heat Exchangers and Industrial Parts?

Choosing the right materials and specifications directly impacts the success, safety, cost, and efficiency of manufacturing processes. For this reason, many businesses custom-order heat exchangers or pressure vessel components. At Hillman, we’re happy to accommodate. Contact us for assistance with non-ferrous materials for heat exchanger systems.

Industries Served

We serve major producers in military and commercial shipbuilding, water purification, valves and condensers. As a reference, Hillman Inc. has supplied data on the many metal consuming industry services. 

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Our Processing Services

    • Our processing services include cutting to length, shearing, and sawing standard and custom shapes. We can also create custom shapes or semi-finished parts, ready for your final finishing and assembly. Working directly from your CAD/DXF file or drawing, we can water jet machine complex parts out of virtually any material.
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