Outside view of Diffusion-bonded
Compact Heat Exchanger
The Diffusion-bonded Compact Heat Exchanger (DCHE) is a compact type heat changer noted for the following features.
The Diffusion-bonded Compact Heat Exchanger (DCHE) is a compact heat exchanger with excellent heat transfer performance and high pressure resistance. In a DCHE, several hundreds of plates are stacked, each with flow passages. Significant features are the flow passage size and joining. Flow passage diameters are each several millimeters in size, to ensure a large heat transfer area per unit volume of at least 1000 m2/m3. The joining is accomplished by diffusion bonding, which offers high pressure resistance up to 100 MPa.
Cross-sectional observation of diffusion bonding (SS-304L)
* Diffusion bonding is defined as
"a method for joining comprising the steps of closely sticking base materials together and pressing these materials against each other at a temperature not exceeding their melting points, while suppressing their plastic deformation to a minimum, so as to cause the diffusion of atoms at the joining interface to complete the bonding."
Fabrication flow and applicable code for DCHE are shown in below.
Stainless steel material is used as a standard material.