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April 1, 2010

Full-Length Sleeving for Process Heat Exchanger Tubes

How to calculate the effects of temperature when the sleeves have a higher coefficient of thermal expansion than the installed tubes

Stanley Yokell MGT Inc.

As heat exchangers age, their tube thickness decreases because of erosion, corrosion or a combination of both. Installing thin sleeves in tubes in which the tube walls have become so thin that failure is imminent is a maintenance technique useful for extending heat exchanger life.

One should consider sleeving when: (1) it would be very costly to...

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