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September 1, 2014
Collecting representative samples of heat-transfer fluid for routine quality checks falls short of the goal if safety or the environment is compromised. While users should consider their systems’ unique design features in consultation with their safety and health experts, incorporating the tips below can help to avoid common potential safety concerns associated with sampling these fluids, which may...
November 1, 2013
Industrial microbiology continues to hold the promise of producing an increasingly large array of commercially important chemicals because an ever-wider number of useful microbes is being developed and successfully deployed at commercially viable scales. Today, many of these bio-based chemicals are needed in quantities so large that existing fermentation technology is inadequate, and this is pushing the...
August 1, 2013
The management of process plants requires understanding and applying the fundamental tenets of safe design, construction and operation of facilities. This overview summarizes best practices that have been developed to ensure the safest possible use of DP:DPO (diphenyl–diphenyl oxide) eutectic heat-transfer fluids. A review of the concepts necessary for effectively maintaining a leak-tight...
March 1, 2013
Changing out used heat-transfer fluid is critical to the efficiency of a heat-transfer fluid system. A well-operated heat-transfer-fluid system can enable efficient production, fewer shut-downs, less maintenance time and lower costs. In order to maintain a sound heat-transfer system, it is critical that the fluid is well cared for and, when the fluid reaches the end of its life, that it is efficiently...
December 1, 2011
Articles about thermal fluid systems often start with a variation of the statement that “thermal fluid systems typically require little ongoing maintenance for the first few years of operation” and then go on to extol the various advantages of indirect thermal-fluid process heating over competitive heating methods, such as direct heat, steam and so on. The corollary to that statement, however...
December 1, 2011
Thermal fluid systems that both heat and cool are often utilized in batch processes. They are also often found in continuous processes where heating is required at one point in the process and cooling (often for the purpose of heat recovery) is required in a different part of the process. Because these systems utilize the same fluid for both the heating and cooling process, they are collectively referred...
August 1, 2011
A well designed and operated heat-transfer-fluid system is a key feature of a safe, reliable and cost-effective heating design. However, problems can arise if the heat-transfer fluid becomes heavily degraded or the system is allowed to accumulate solids and other process contaminants. These problems include the following: • Reduced heat-transfer rates • Diminished fuel efficiency • Flow...
March 28, 2011
With the addition of the ASME Code 16-mil. and 20-mil. Btu/h thermal-fluid heaters, these Btu fuel-fired horizontal heaters are now available from 2.4-mil. to 20-mil...
March 28, 2011
Etanorm SYT is the latest generation of single-stage volute casing pumps, which were developed for applications in modern heat-transfer systems and hot-water...
December 1, 2010
Management of process plants requires the understanding and application of the fundamental tenets of safe design, construction, and operation of each facility. In that context, many years of practical experience with systems that use very high-temperature organic heat-transfer media has led to much knowledge regarding design features to adopt and those that should not be repeated.  For the media...
August 1, 2010
OVERVIEW Indirect heating of processes by organic thermal-liquid fluids offers highly reliable operation, and the heat transfer systems are generally treated as low-maintenance utilities. Occasionally, the heat transfer fluid can become contaminated, resulting in the formation of sludge particles, or other sources of dirt can infiltrate the system. This contamination can cause operational problems. The...
December 2, 2009
Solutia Inc. (St. Louis, Mo.; announced today that it has supplied Therminol D12 and Therminol 66 synthetic heat transfer fluids to a new state of the art, 15,000 metric ton per year (m.t./y) solar-grade high-purity polysilicon manufacturing plant in Xinyu City, China. The facility is owned and operated by LDK Solar and came online in the fall...
December 1, 2009
Faced with increased workloads and time and budget constraints that often restrict external training support, many chemical process operators are forced to get the most out of their heat transfer system with less help. This article offers recommendations for how to carry out proactive maintenance on heat-transfer fluids, to maximize their useful life and minimize problems associated with fluid degradation...
November 13, 2009
International Matex Tank Terminals (IMTT; in St. Rose, Louisiana has selected Therminol 55 synthetic heat transfer fluid from Solutia Inc. (St. Louis, Mo.; for use in a major expansion project where indirect heat will be applied to 58 very large storage tanks containing materials such as asphalt, diesel fuel and other high-melting-point compounds that need to be kept warm...
September 1, 2009
Click here for full pdf version of this article - includes all graphs, charts, tables, and author information EXPANSION TANK A well designed expansion tank: 1. Maintains a static pump-suction head 2. Compensates for temperature-related volume and pressure changes 3. Provides a means of venting moisture and low boilers 4. Prevents fluid oxidation Usually, the expansion tank is installed at the highest point...
August 19, 2009
Solutia Inc. (St. Louis, Mo.) announced today that it will be supplying Therminol VP-1 synthetic heat transfer fluid to a new 470 MW, hybrid solar plant in Ain-Ben-Mathar, Morocco and a 170 MW, hybrid solar plant in Hassi...
May 1, 2009
New line of blown film coolers are designed for warm climates The BFC Series of Blown Film Air Coolers offer an increase in blown film productivity, especially in warmer climates or other environments where ambient air temperature rises during the summer. The Series boosts productivity by eliminating production variables in air ring supply, including air temperature, pressure and volume. A modulated...
December 1, 2008
In a fired thermal fluid heater, a thermal fluid is heated by the metal surfaces of a fired heater or fluegas heat-recovery exchanger. Generally, the heat input rate is controlled to achieve some desired bulk-fluid temperature exiting the heater. However, in being heated to the outlet setpoint, the fluid film in contact with the heating surface is always exposed to a higher temperature than the bulk fluid...
December 1, 2008
Organic-based thermal fluids provide relatively trouble-free service for significant periods of time. However, there comes a time when any fluid (either aromatic- or aliphatic-based) needs to be replaced. Since aromatic-based fluids generally cost more and are complicated to dispose of, they receive far more attention than aliphatic-based fluids when the time comes for replacement. Aliphatic-based fluids...
November 1, 2008
A very common heat exchanger in the chemical process industries (CPI) is the vertical thermosiphon reboiler (VTR; Figure 1). Due to size and fluid-flow restrictions, however, its heat transfer rate is often quite low. The subcooled region formed at the thermosiphon’s tube-bundle base usually causes reduction in the tubes’ average heat-transfer coefficient. Improvements in performance can be...
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