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Maximizing Heat-Transfer Fluid Longevity

By Gaston Arseneault, Petro-Canada Lubricants, a Suncor Energy business |

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, such as excessive downtime for unplanned maintenance when the heat transfer system has become unsafe or is no longer able to carry heat in a reliable manner. It is useful for anyone developing or refreshing asset-care-management programs related to heat-transfer fluids and systems. Discussed below are the most common fluid-related problems encountered by heat-transfer systems and a variety of potential solutions. While individual system designs and variations in process and operating conditions make each application unique, all heat-transfer fluids share many common attributes, making these recommendations widely applicable. Ultimately, our goal is to educate those involved with the operation and maintenance of liquid-phase heat-transfer systems, both large and small, that use an organic-based heat-transfer fluid. The organics include…
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