MHI Airtorch® Design Graphs

The graphs below can be used for all MHI Airtorch® Models.

From 2 KW to 4 MW

The standard conditions flow rate (SCFM) vs. Temperature is shown below (per kW).   When the exit temperature required is greater than 925°C please choose the THN/DNA or DPF models (the graphs may be used for all MHI airtorch models except for the very low KW such a LTA750-01 or 2 KW models).  In the graphs below please use the light blue ot black thin lines for continuous mode with typically encountered start-stop conditions. The thick blue line is experienced in instances where the units have been in service and retain heat before the next run. This also happens when the Airtorch® is in a recuperative mode.  For the graphs below, the inlet temperature is assumed as ~50C.  The Airtorch® is an energy efficient device.

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When comparing and Airtorch® against heat exchangers, please note that the MHI Airtorch® units often save considerable energy because of their low pressure drop. This power loss could be substantial with heat exchangers.  For example if a flow of 0.6 kg/s is driven with a 5 Bar (~90 psig) pressure, then almost ~200 kW of  power could be wasted for just driving the flow when compared to the Airtorch® systems that offer an extremely low pressure drop (~ 1 psig).  Please contact MHI for details.

Airtorch Applications

LTA – Up to 900°C. LTA is a process heater for air which requires a compressed air input.

VTA – Up to 900°C. VTA is process gas heater with fan or blower with low flow sensor capability.

MTA925 and GTA – Up to 925°C/1100°C.  These are flow or inline sealed process gas heaters which can take compressed air or compressed gas input. New Models for MVTA-DPF-DNA Class.

DPF – Up to 1150°C-1250°C/~2200°F. DPF models can take fan or blower input as well as a compressed air/gas input.

Large Flow MVTA.  For 1000-1100°C. These are sealed process gas heater (THN or DNA class) with  blower or inline capability. High KW – High Flow.

Large Flow GTA – For high pressure vessel Airtorch use. Custom engineering. Please contact us directly for assistance.

Typical Conversion of Gas

Conversion for

N2  (Nitrogen)

Weight Volume
Cubic feet
Cubic meters
1 pound 1.0 0.454 13.80 0.363
1 kilogram 2.205 1.0 30.42 0.7996
1 scf gas 0.07245 0.03286 1.0 0.02628
1 Nm3 gas 2.757 1.2506 38.04 1.0
Scf (Standard cubic foot) gas measured at 1 atmosphere and 70°F.
Nm3 (Normal cubic meter) gas measured at 1 atmosphere and 0°C.


Airtorch Mode

Airtorch Recuperator Mode

Example-Air.  Use the blue-black line for steady state and cold start.  Use the purple line only in recuperator mode.

The graphs below are for Air. Please contact MHI for N2, CO2, sCO2, CH4, Ar, He or other gases.
1 cu.m=61023.8
For cubic inch to cubic meter for an approximate result, divide the volume in cubic inches  by 61023.8
Air Flow Grapgh for Higher Temperatures

Air Flow Graph for Higher Temperatures

Temperature for Air Flow

Temperature for Air Flow


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Tips:  The graphs of temperature vs. SCFM/kW above are for air. The position along the SCFM/kW changes with the gas.  For nitrogen it is almost the same.  Because of the range of inlet temperatures and power a range of steady state temperatures become feasible with every Airtoch as long as used within the device limitaions.  Please consult MHI on the correct system for your application.  MHI Airtorch® models also work with a low pressure drop.  MHI Airtorch models are designed with high efficiencies in mind.  Please consult with MHI on the best solution for your industrial process gas or inline heating.  If the flow of 1~1.2 kg/s is driven with 10 Bar pressure as opposed to low pressure (Airtorch® type) then almost ~1 MW of  power may be wasted for just driving the flow!  So please compare this power  for pressure flow when comparing manufacturers.

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