Steve Wright from Serck shares a case study on the problems faced when heating & cooling batteries need replacing in confined spaces.

Steam Heater Battery Finished Installation, Industry Today
Finished installation.

Not all steam heater batteries are in easy-to-reach places, and when they need replacing, it creates a problem for engineers who need to carry out this work. Fortunately, Serck Heat Exchange put their heads together to produce an innovative solution.  

The challenge: 

With service equipment updates and modifications over time, the only remaining access to this battery was through a small hatch, which was then too small to allow a completely new heater to be moved in and installed. 

The old heater could be dismantled and removed but getting a new heater in place without dismantling the rest of the site infrastructure would require some clever design work.  

The Serck team would need to create a unit that could be built in parts and assembled in situ to offer the same or better functionality as the previous single-piece unit. 

The solution: 

After a site survey, two separate coils were designed, built, and pressure-tested off-site to meet the client’s space and operating requirements. These were then moved to the site and brought in one at a time via the access hatch, then installed back into the unit with a galvanized support framework to allow removal of either coil when required. 

The results: 

The client’s air handling unit functionality has been restored, and they now have the additional benefit of some redundancy built in. Each unit was connected with its own steam and condense supply, which allows some continuous heat from one coil if the other needs servicing. 

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About Serck 
Serck provides specialist design, manufacture, installation, service, and global export of heat transfer technology across a range of sectors and geographies. Operational capabilities include industrial and marine heat exchangers, climate control and heat recovery products and efficiency coatings, as well as specialist, heavy-duty, high-performance, and heritage automotive radiators.  

Trusted by a global roster of clients including F1 teams, national utilities, petrochemical producers, military, marine, and rail organisations. Headquartered in the UK with additional facilities in the US and Middle East, Serck is part of the Unipart Group of Companies. 

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