The Heat Exchanger Design Handbook (HEDH) had its origins in the 1970s when, under the leadership of the two founding editors, Professor Ernst Schlünder and Professor Geoffrey F. Hewitt, a group of leading authorities in the fields of heat transfer and fluid flow began to discuss the possibility of producing a handbook dealing with all aspects of heat exchanger design and operations including the basic design methodology, the associated heat transfer and fluid flow technology and the physical data required for design.
HEDH’s first edition, published in 1983 by Hemisphere Publishing Corporation, contained about 1500 pages of original material structured in five parts covering: (i) heat exchanger theory and generic application technology, (ii) fluid mechanics and heat transfer, (iii) thermal and hydraulic design of heat exchangers, (iv) mechanical design of heat exchangers and (v) physical properties. Ever since the first edition was released, the editors strived to keep the content up-to-date which included progress on cutting edge fundamental research and progressively add material on applications that were becoming available in the market.
Four major editions followed the first 1983 release. Over the years, HEDH has progressively grown in number of volumes and pages (over 6,000 in the latest 2008 edition) by including detailed information not only on all the major types of heat exchangers (e.g. shell-and-tube, compact, condensers, reboilers, furnaces etc.) but also on special types (e.g. evaporators, heat pipes, waste heat boilers), heat transfer enhancement devices (e.g. tube inserts, dimpled surfaces etc.) and on fundamental theory. Today, HEDH is regarded by many specialists around the world as the standard reference source for design and other information on heat transfer, heat exchangers, and associated technologies.
Begell House has recently made a major investment by developing a new multimedia platform which implements the latest information technologies for the presentation of the material in an exciting, interactive and fresh format. The new HEDH Multimedia Edition (HEDH-ME), inherits and improves on the quality of the legacy material and has been completely revamped in a fully searchable, single column and tablet-friendly format. This provides the reader with the freedom to access HEDH’s accurate information wherever convenient and readily find relevant content.
Several advanced features have been included to enhance the reader’s experience such as videos, animations, interactive worked examples and the in-text unit conversion which allows the user to select the preferred unit of measurement. HEDH Wizards guide the reader through the material, helping the selection process of the correct type of heat exchanger for a specific service and pointing to the relevant sections. HEDH Widgets provide simple but rapid and highly effective ways of calculating important heat exchanger design/performance parameters as well as necessary physical properties.
To keep the material relevant and up-to-date, the Editorial team will ensure that regular updates are delivered each quarter. The scientific standards of the material are maintained by rigorous peer-review of all the material published by at least two experts in the field. Moreover, new to the Multimedia Edition, is the industrial review concept: where appropriate, manuscripts submitted by an author are also reviewed by an experienced practitioner in industry who comments on the industrial relevance and usefulness of the content.
The Publisher and the Editors firmly believe that the multimedia features of this new HEDH edition including Wizards, Widgets, interactive worked examples, videos and animations will bring the rigorous and authoritative HEDH content to life for a whole new reader experience.