Finned Tube----L-Foot Tension Wound Finned Tubes

Finned Tube----L-Foot Tension Wound Finned Tubes

L finned tube 

L-Foot Tension Wound Finned Tubes also called Wrap-On Finned Tubes, which used in applications where temperatures lower than 300 degrees Fahrenheit. In other words L fin tubes mainly used in low-temperature application where some degree of tube wall protection is needed. L-Foot tension wound fin tubes consist of two parts, aluminum fin and base tube. The thin aluminium fin strips tightly wound helically around the base tube circumference. A foot is first formed at one side of the fin strip (Called the name L foot). The strip is then wound tightly around the tube, with the foot bearing on the tube's outer surface. These short horizontal limb of each L are in full contact with the base-tube surface to cover it completely. While Tension in the fin strip as it is wrapped around the tubes serves as seat the fin foot forcefully on the tube, and then to hold the fin firmly in place. L-footed finned tubings offer maximum heat transfer at lower temperatures circumference. The unique L-shaped design holds fins rigidly to withstand heat cycling and high velocity air vibration. These fins offer a certain degree of atmospheric protection of the tube wall anti corrosion. The broad contact surface between the tube and the finning enhances heat transfer. This fin design is highly efficient and cost effective.

The ends of the fins have to be stapled to prohibit the aluminium fin from unravelling or  loosing the contact between the fin foot and the base tube. This contact is critical to the operation of the air coolers, since the heat is transferred from the tube wall, through the fin, to the surrounding hot air.

L Finned Tubes Advantages:

  1. Suitable for using in low-temperature application
  2. This kind of finning type is the most cost effective way compared to the others.
  3. The failed fins could easily removed during production and bare tubes can be used again for finning.
  4. There is no need to make a helical grove over the core tube.
  5. It is possible to place the fins on a super thin-walled tube with is particularly desirable when using expensive alloys as core tubes.
  6. The tubes can withstand a temperature of up to 130°C without the risk of atmospheric corrosion or thermal stress.

L Finned Tubes Weakness: 

  1. The fins are not so strong to resist mechanical damage when external forces applied on fin area
  2. Handling shall be careful done with care to avoid any damage.
  3. Finned tubes may be damaged when using either steam or high-pressure water for cleaning
  4. As the fins are helically wrapped in grooves, un-finned area is not covered which can be exposed to corrosive media and galvanic corrosion at the base of the fins can be accrued
  5. Tubes shall be very straight with smooth out side area to make good finned tubes
  6. Fins should be fixed at both ends in order to avoid un-wrapping

L Finned Tubes Application:

  1. Oil and gas refineries
  2. Petroleum, chemical and petrochemical industries
  3. Natural gas treatment
  4. Steel making industry
  5. Power plants
  6. Air conditioning
  7. Compressor coolers