American Journal of Engineering and Applied Sciences

A Simple Tubesheet Layout Program for Heat Exchangers

S. Murali and Y. Bhaskar Rao

DOI : 10.3844/ajeassp.2008.131.135

American Journal of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Volume 1, Issue 2

Pages 131-135


The development of tubesheet layout program for shell and tube heat exchangers is presented in this study. Program is written in AutoLISP language, which provides standard tubesheet layout drawing as per standard codes and non standard tubsheet in AutoCAD Environment. The program computes the optimal number of tube count and lays out drawing with respecting constraints, including the shell ID, number of passes, center to center distance of tubes and tube outer diameter. Tubesheet layout drawing can be used as template for actual tubesheet. Furthermore the program is validated with open literature and shown good agreement with it. Besides the tubesheet for Heat exchangers this method can be extended to the tube counts of sheave plates and perforated plates of distillation column and Cooling Towers.


© 2008 S. Murali and Y. Bhaskar Rao. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.