Calculation software for the VDI Heat Atlas / 12th edition

LV – Software based on the calculation sheets for heat transfer
(Springer Verlag Berlin, formerly VDI-Verlag Düsseldorf)

For more than half a century, the VDI Heat Atlas has been a reference work in process engineering. For more than 30 years, you can apply its methods quickly and easily with our programmes.
The contents are regularly reviewed and supplemented by VDI experts on the basis of established data and the latest scientific findings. This means that you can always rely on being up to date with the latest technology with the VDI Heat Atlas and the LV programme.

In the currently published 12th edition, several correlations, some of them fundamental, were adapted to the current state of research and some chapters were completely revised .These changes were adopted in our new programme version 8.33.
In addition, the VDI Heat Atlas was expanded in various sections. New calculation approaches were implemented – partly as new modules, partly as supplements to existing modules. The new programme version thus gives you even greater flexibility, e.g. when designing your heat exchangers. Here you can now calculate, for example, pressure loss and heat transfer for further innovative baffle geometries to obtain even more efficient exchangers.

This opens up new possibilities for you and also fulfils the current standards with future designs.

Development of the VDI Heat Atlas

The first edition was published in 1956 as a book by VDI-Verlag.

The VDI Heat Atlas, the standard work in Europe for the calculation of heat transfers, physical properties and flow problems, is now available in its 11th edition. Its structure concentrates on a comprehensive theoretical description of the most important basic process operations on which the various processes are based. Many authors from research and industry have contributed to the preparation of the individual chapters and sections.

A German version (12th edition) is available as a text part (book or eReference)and can be arranged by us at a favourable price.

What can the LV calculation program do?

Since the 5th edition, the individual chapters have been licensed as calculation programs by Lauterbach VT and have always been adapted to the current editions. Currently the programs run under Windows 7, 8 and 10 / 32 and 64 bit.. There is also an English full version of the German program LV-VDI-Wärmeatlas.

The ATLAS modular system made the practical application of the chapters and their combinations into processes much easier. Each chapter corresponds to a module. These modules can be integrated into the individual problem,e.g. in MS-Excel,and extended by own calculation equations. Individual modules are mapped in individual tables, the reference of the respective variables is established by simply dragging the mouse.


  1. The VDI Heat Atlas is interactively available to the user.
  2. The equations are displayed with the current input values.
  3. The data of the individual chapters can be connected by simply dragging and dropping them.
  4. General options of the ATLAS program system are available

VDI Heat Atlas 12th edition as calculation programme

Module Description
C Basics of the calculation of heat exchangers
C1 Heat exchangers: Calculation methods
C3 Heat exchangers: Heat transfer and heat transfer coefficients
C4 Heat exchanger networks
D Physical Properties
the properties modules CO2, H2O, Luft, N2, NH3, O2 and T-OIL (Thermal Oils) are included in the module package. You will find descriptions and individual prices in the price list under properties.
E Heat conduction
E1 Heat conduction – steady state
E1.2 Heat Losses from Walls and Pipes
E2 Heat conduction – transient
F Heat transfer by free convection
F2 Heat Transfer by Free Convection: External Flows
F3 Heat Transfer by Free Convection: Internal Flows
F4 Heat Transfer by Free Convection: Special Cases
F5 Thermal Output of Heating Appliances Operating with Hot Water
G Heat transfer with forced convection
G1 Heat transfer with forced convection – flow-through pipes
G2 Heat transfer with forced convection – Concentric Annular and Parallel Plate Ducts
G3 Heat transfer with forced convection – flow-through pipe coils
G4 Heat transfer with forced convection – Longitudinal flow around flat walls
G5 Heat transfer with forced convection – Moving surfaces with parallel flow
G6 Heat transfer with forced convection – Cross-flowing individual pipes, wires and profile cylinders
G7 Heat transfer with forced convection – Cross-flow tube rows and tube bundles
G8 Heat transfer with forced convection – Shell-side in Baffled Shell-and-Tube Heat Exchangers
G9 Heat transfer with forced convection – Flow Through Packed Beds of Solids
G10 Heat transfer with forced convection – Impinging Jet Flow
H Heat transfer at boiling
H2 Pool boiling of pure substances and mixtures
H3.2 Flow boiling – Flow Patterns in Evaporator Tubes
H3.3 Flow boiling – Pressure Drop in Evaporator Tubes
H3.4 Subcooled Boiling
H3.5 Saturated Flow Boiling of pure liquids
H3.6 Flow boiling – Critical Boiling States
H3.7 Flow boiling – Postdryout Heat Transfer
J Heat transfer at condensation
J1 Filmwise Condensation of Pure Vapors
J3 Dropwise Condensation
J4 Mixing and Spray Condensation
K Thermal Radiation
K1 Thermal radiation of technical surfaces
K2 Thermal radiation – View Factors
K3 Thermal radiation of gases and gas mixtures
K4 Thermal Radiation of Gas–Solids–Dispersions
K5 Heat Radiation in Furnaces
K6 Thermal radiation – Superinsulations
L Fluid Dynamics and Pressure Drop
L1 Fluid Dynamics and Pressure Drop: Single phase flow
L1.1 Pressure Drop in Single-Phase Flow
L1.2 Pressure Drop in Flow Through Pipe
L1.3 Pressure Drop in Flow Through Pipes of Changing Cross-section
L1.4 Pressure Drop of Tube Bundles in Cross Flow
L1.5 Pressure drop in flowed around tube bundles in heat exchangers with and without baffles
L1.6 Pressure Drop in Fixed Beds
L2 Fluid Dynamics and Pressure Drop: Two-Phase Gas-Liquid Flows
L2.1 Calculation of phase fractions in gas-liquid flows
L2.2 Pressure drop of gas-liquid flows in pipes, line elements and fittings
L2.6 Pressure Drop and Flooding in Packed Towers
L2.7 Pressure Drop and Operating Limits of Trays
L3 Fluid Dynamics and Pressure Drop: Two-Phase Gas-Solid Flows
L3.2 Flow Patterns and Pressure Drop in Fluidized Beds
L3.4 Cyclones for separating solid particles from gases
L4 Fluid Dynamics and Pressure Drop: Bubbles and Drops in Technical Equipment
L4.1 Formation and movement of drops and bubbles in technical equipment
L4.3.3 Droplet separation in technical equipment: Cyclones
L4.3.4 Droplet separation in technical equipment: Lamella droplet separator
M Special problems of heat transfer
M1 Heat transfer on finned tubes
M2 Heat transfer through walls with welded pipe coils
M3 Heat transfer to falling films at vertical surfaces
M4 Heat transfer to non-newtonian fluids
M5 Heat transfer in fluidised beds
M6 Heat Transfer from a Wall to Stagnant and Mechanically Agitated Beds
M8 Humidifying and dehumidifying air
M10 Heat Transfer and Momentum Flux in Rarefied Gases
M11 Thermal Conductivity of Packed Beds
N Special heat exchangers
N1 Heat Transfer in Regenerators
N3.2 Heat transfer and power consumption in stirred vessels: Heat transfer
N3.3 Heat transfer and power consumption in stirred vessels: Stirrer performance
N5 Heat Pipes
N6 Pressure Drop and Heat Transfer in Plate Heat Exchangers

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