Brazed Aluminium Plate-Fin Heat Exchangers are very compact exchangers built to a high specification for use in air separation plants
and a wide range of other petrochemical and refrigeration applications.
ALPEMA is the Aluminium Plate-Fin Heat Exchanger Manufacturer's Association, which currently represents the world's five major
manufacturers of brazed aluminium plate-fin heat exchangers (BAHXs).
The ALPEMA Standards are the key reference source for engineers working in any of the principal application areas for BAHXs including
process, chemical, mechanical and maintenance engineering. The Standards are also an excellent information tool for purchasing and
project management. They apply throughout a project's lifecycle from feasibility studies to commissioning and are a staple for
every Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contractor.
Revision to ALPEMA Standards
December 2010. The 3rd edition of the ALPEMA Standards is now available to purchase.
Go to the Standards page for details.
Request to customers to safeguard confidential information
From time to time, customers provide ALPEMA Members with confidential information that has been obtained from other manufacturers.
We recognize that this is done to try to be helpful but stress that any information sent to a customer in confidence must be
treated with care. We have produced a short document on this topic.
You may wonder why some countries use the aluminum spelling and others use
aluminium. Well, the metal was discovered in
the early 19th century by the British scientist, Humphrey Davy, who also discovered potassium, sodium, magnesium and calcium.
It is perhaps surprising that aluminium was discovered so late in human history given that it is the fourth most abundant element on earth.
Davy called the metal alumium which has the -ium ending adopted for most metallic elements. But later he decided to change
the name to aluminum, and this name was picked up by Americans. However, the British wordsmiths were unhappy that
this did not follow the rules of English so invented the name aluminium.
Information from 'A Short History of Nearly Everything,' by Bill Bryson,
published by Doubleday, 2003
ALPEMA, the Brazed Aluminium Plate-Fin Heat Exchanger Manufacturer's Association represents the world's
five major manufacturers of brazed aluminium plate-fin heat exchangers
(BAHXs). These are very compact exchangers built to a high specification for use in air separation plants
and a wide range of other petrochemical and refrigeration applications. The Association has developed a set
of standards for the manufacture, installation and safe operation of BAHXs.
For further information or to give your views, contact
Tel : +41 (0)21 693 59 81
Fax : +41 (0)21 693 59 60
Tel : +44 (0)203 159 3433
Secretariat services to ALPEMA are provided by IHS.