A thorough understanding of the basic modes of Heat Transfer is a fundamental requirement for most courses in Science and Engineering. The P.A.Hilton Ltd Heat Transfer range is designed to teach all the fundamental principles of Heat Transfer and Thermodynamics as well as units for more advanced studies.

Many of the ranges have a common instrumentation and service unit with a series of optional add-on modules available, designed for specific applications. This modular approach gives maximum flexibility to educational establishments to align their laboratory equipment to curriculum requirements and budgets.


Data Acquisition Upgrades are available for the vast majority of units within the Heat Transfer range, allowing the key experimental parameters to be captured using the Universal Data Acquisition software.

H050 Boyles Law Demonstrator

The demonstration of Boyle’s Law (pV = Constant) is one of the fundamental experiments for student chemists, physicists and engineers of all disciplines.

H102 Heat Exchanger Service Unit

A bench mounted panel with integral electrical console providing services for any of the optional heat exchangers in the range. PID Temperature controlled hot water is provided and the hot and cold flow is controlled and measured using variable area flowmeters. The optional heat exchangers are connected using non-drip, self sealing couplings.

H102A Concentric Tube Heat Exchanger

A clear acrylic tube containing cold water surrounds an inner stainless steel tube in which the hot water flows.

H102B Plate Heat Exchanger

Multiple brazed stainless steel plates arranged for multi-pass operation with passes in series give a total heat transfer area of approximately 24000mm2. Four thermocouples measure hot and cold fluid entry and exit temperatures.

H102C Shell and Tube Heat Exchanger

A thick walled glass shell with 2 baffles contains cold water, which passes over 7 stainless steel tubes through which hot water flows. Tube bundle length of 205mm giving total heat transfer area of approximately 24000 mm2.

H102D Jacketed Vessel with Coil and Stirrer

A vessel with a clear top has a glass outer jacket.  Hot water may pass through this or through a heat transfer coil inside the vessel to provide external or internal heating.

H102E Extended Concentric Tube Heat Exchanger

An extended version of the H102A Concentric Tube Heat Exchanger with 3 pairs of intermediate points giving 10 thermocouples in total.  

H102F Extended Plate Heat Exchanger

An extended version of the H102B Plate Heat Exchanger with a total of 6 thermocouples.

In conjunction with the H102B this allows investigation of the effects of increased heat transfer area.

H103G Water to Water Turbulent Flow Heat Exchanger

This is a highly advanced concentric tube heat exchanger with hot water flowing through the central tube while cooling water flows through the annular space.

This allows advanced students to investigate the Nusselt, Reynolds, Prandtl relationship Nu = k Rea Prb.

H102H Coiled Concentric Tube Heat Exchanger

An example of an industrial coiled concentric tube heat exchanger with turbulence enhancing tubes. The heat exchanger is fully instrumented using the Heat Exchanger Service Unit H102 with thermocouples on the inlet and outlet of both the hot and cold streams.

H102J Recycle Loops

Recycling can be used in many engineering applications and is important when applied to thermodynamic processes as it can result in reduced energy requirements.

H102K Film and Dropwise Condensation

Vapour may condense onto a cooled surface in two distinct modes known as filmwise and dropwise. For the same temperature difference between the vapour and the surface, dropwise condensation is several more times effective than filmwise. However it involves special surface finishes or treatment in order to maintain dropwise condensation and for this reason, though desirable, it seldom occurs in real plant operation.

H102M Water to Air Heat Transfer Module

A small water to air heat exchanger, illustrating the use of extended surfaces (fins) as a means of improving the heat transfer to gases(in this case air). A fan, powered from the H102 unit allows air to be heated by hot water from the H102 unit.

H112 Heat Transfer Service Unit

 The Hilton H112 Heat Transfer Service Unit comprises a control, instrumentation and power supply console into which are connected a wide variety of optional experimental and demonstrational modules. The range of optional modules include the three fundamental modes of heat transfer and a wide range of additional experiments in thermodynamics and thermodynamic properties of materials. Data Acquisition of the modules is also available. A number of the key optional modules are shown below.

H112A Linear Heat Conduction

A small-scale accessory that allows experimental investigation of linear heat conduction and the measurement of the thermal conductivity of various solid conductors and insulators. An insulated, 25mm diameter brass heated section and cooling section that may be either clamped together, or assembled with one of four insulated intermediate sections or test specimens between the interfaces.  

H112B Radial Heat Conduction

A small-scale accessory designed to experimentally investigate the basic principles of radial heat conduction and to allow the thermal conductivity of the solid metal disc to be determined.

H112C Laws of Radiant Heat Transfer

An accessory designed to experimentally investigate the laws of radiant heat transfer and radiant heat exchange. The application of the laws to both heat and light radiation are demonstrated using a radiant heat source and light source.

H112D Combined Convection and Radiation

A small scale accessory that allows experimental investigation of both natural and forced convection from a heated cylinder in a cross-flow configuration. The surface temperature of a duct mounted, 10mm diameter matt black cylinder may be varied over a wide range; thereby allowing the increasing effects of radiant heat transfer to be investigated as the temperature is increased.

H112E Extended Surface Heat Transfer

A small scale bench top accessory designed to measure the temperature profile and heat transfer along a horizontal extended surface (cylindrical pin). A small diameter uniform rod is heated at one end and heat flowing along the rod by conduction is lost to the surroundings by a combination of natural convection and radiation.

H112F Radiation Errors in Temperature Measurement

A small scale bench top accessory designed to experimentally investigate how measured temperatures can be influenced by the effects of radiation, temperature sensor design and surface finish. Three temperature sensors of different form and surface finish are mounted centrally in a circular stainless steel duct that is surrounded locally by an electrical heater.

H112G Unsteady State Heat Transfer

A small scale bench top accessory designed to allow experimental investigation of unsteady state heat transfer by conduction and convection. Instrumented solid shapes of different materials are plunged into a controlled temperature water bath and the temperature change at the geometric centre of the shapes are recorded at regular intervals.

H112H Thermal Conductivity of Liquid and Gases

A compact unit designed for the direct measurement of the thermal conductivity of a wide range of liquid and gases. This is an aspect of heat transfer studies that is often overlooked but of crucial importance in the prediction of heat exchanger performance.

H112J Perfect Gas Laws Demonstration Unit

A small scale bench top accessory designed to allow experimental investigation of the first law of thermodynamics using the perfect gas law and the expansion of air. The unit consists of two vessels connected by a large bore pipe and valve together with an integral air pump.

H112M Marcet Boiler

A scale bench top accessory designed to allow experimental investigation of the pressure and temperature relationship of saturated steam in equilibrium with pure water. The unit allows investigation of the saturation  pressure-temperature relationship of water  between ambient temperature and up to 10 bar absolute pressure (179.9 °C Saturation temperature).

H112N Thermal Conductivity of Building Material

A bench top accessory designed to allow students to easily investigate the relative thermal conductivities of typical building materials. The H112N uses a PID controlled flat plate electrical heater and a water cooled flat plate with an integral and highly sensitive heat flowmeter.

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