New developments in heat exchangers solve common problems and enhance performance
Chemical processors are no strangers to heat exchanger problems, such as corrosion, fouling and thermal expansion, which interfere with reliability of the units and adversely affect process uptime. Because unplanned downtime in the chemical process industries (CPI) is unacceptable, experts suggest that upgrading to newer exchanger technologies may provide solutions to common challenges, while also increasing uptime, performance and efficiency.
“Reliability of heat exchangers in terms of operational uptime and efficient heat transfer at design conditions, which can be negatively impacted by fouling or outages due to mechanical failures caused by corrosion, erosion or similar phenomena, is likely the biggest operational challenge for chemical processors concerning their heat exchangers,” says Hank Shamsi, president of Gooch Thermal Systems (Lebanon, N.J.; www.goochthermal.com).
Nuno Duarte, director of global business development of process technology at Wieland Thermal Solutions (Ulm, Germany; www.weiland.com) agrees. He says that today’s current economic scenario is driving companies to get more from every investment and ensure that every process…