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Air Cooled Heat Exchangers

Since 1968 FBM Hudson Italiana is one of the world’s acclaimed suppliers of Air Cooled Heat Exchanger for Oil & Gas, Refineries, Petrochemical, Chemical and Power

We provide Clients with a complete range of services starting from thermal and mechanical engineering, complete manufacturing, modularization, supervision at site, after-sales service and supply of spare parts.

Air Cooled Heat Exchangers are typically used when plant location and ambient conditions do not allow an easy and economic use of other cooling systems.

The most important advantages of Air Cooled Heat Exchangers are:

  • No need of cooling water or other cooling media.
  • No problems associated with thermal and chemical pollution of cooling fluids
  • Flexibility for any plant location and plot plan arrangement (allowing installation over other units)
  • Reduction of maintenance costs (cleaning is normally limited to the inside of exchanger tubes)
  • Easy bolted assembly installation


Air Cooled Heat Exchangers may be supplied in different configurations:

Forced draft type

Allows easier maintenance of the fans. Fans deliver air at ambient temperatures with consequent higher efficiency.

Induced Draft type

The plenum chambers are mounted on top of the bundle and protect the finned surface against wind, rain, snow and partially hail. The location of the fans also ensure an optimum air distribution, limit air recirculation and allows lower level at maintenance walkway level.


Recirculated type

For special process and suitable for cold climates, it is advisable to provide warm air recirculation to prevent freezing. This recirculation may be achieved by means of louvers, steam coils and variable pitch fans.


Pre-Assembled Air Coolers

Our product is designed and tailored to suit our clients’ assembly and operating guideline and overall needs.A new philosophy in the supply of air cooled heat exchangers, is achieved by making use of air cooled pre-assembled modules.The long construction time needed for the installation of the plants as well as the lack and cost of manpower, has prompted the introduction of pre-assembled units to the market.These units are expressly designed for safe transport and easy installation at the plant, and can be shop tested before delivery.Our extensive experience in this area allows us to work together with clients to achieve their specific objectives offering them not only the supply of equipment, but also complete service and assistance.

Liquefied Natural Gas Industry

FBM Hudson Italiana is a key Air Cooled Heat Exchanger supplier in the LNG Industry where the company has shown its ability and trusted experience in delivering ever-increasing LNG train sizes.
Latest LNG plants have increased 30 times the size of the ones constructed in the 60s, pressing the need for modular LNG components.
The extensive experience in LNG field allows FBM Hudson Italiana to tailor make equipment according to clients’ specific objectives.
This involvement has lead FBM Hudson Italiana to improve performance in the evolution of modularization, which aims at obtaining bigger & bigger modules by extending the inclusion of pre-assembled components.

FBM Hudson Italiana, working closely with major EPCs, has met the challenge in moving to world-class projects, using advanced technology to power an “off the shelf” design & technology modularization concept.
This new concept leads to faster construction and faster LNG to market, while also maximizing field construction by fostering a “plug and play” solution.
Our proven track record in the delivery of LNG plants using Air Cooled HE modularization and pre-fabrication strategies can be a key factor in the development of an efficient concept during the initial front-end design phase.


  • Offshore
  • Onshore
  • LNG
  • FPSO
  • Gas Field Development


  • CCR Platforming
  • FCC Components
  • Hydrocracking
  • Hydrotreating
  • Catalytic cracking
  • HDS
  • Crude distillation
  • Reforming
  • Isomerization
  • Hydrogen


  • Ammonia
  • Urea
  • Methanol
  • Sulphur Recovery
  • PTA
  • Styrene
  • Caprolactame
  • Nitric & Cyanhydric Acid
  • Acetic Acid
  • Propylene
  • Ethylene
  • Melamine
  • Sulfuric Acid


  • Conventional Power
  • Cogeneration
  • Solar (CSP)
  • Ultra High Vacuum & Cryogenic Chambers
  • Thermal Shroud for Space Simulator
  • Alumina Refinery
  • Food Applications


FBM Hudson Italiana started production of Air Cooled Heat Exchangers in 1963


  • Air Cooled Heat Exchangers Configuration Forced, Induced, Recirculated in all materials
  • High Pressure Air Coolers up to 500/bar
  • Enhanced AFC Multi-Bay design for LNG Plants
  • Gas Coolers – Recycle Coolers – Heaters
  • Lube Oil/ Turbine Coolers
  • Compressor Stage Gas Coolers
  • Air Cooled Steam Condensers

Year April 2016

N.3 Trains of modularized Air Coolers for plant in USA

Bundles: 312

Items: 6

Modules: 54

Tube Length: 17.678mm/ 58ft

Materials: CS & SS

Year 2010/ 2011

N.2 Trains of modularized Air Coolers for plant in Australia

Bundles: 320

Items: 47

Modules: 163

Tube Length: 18.288mm/ 60ft

Materials: CS & SS

Year 2011/ 2012

N.2 Trains of modularized Air Coolers for plant in Australia

Bundles: 302

Items: 29

Modules: 154

Tube Length: 18.288mm/ 60ft

Materials: CS & SS

Years 2003 – 2013

Recirculated Air Cooled Heat Exchangers

Bundles: 222

Items: 36

Tube Length: 18.288mm/ 60ft

Materials: CS & SS