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Dismantling Plate Heat Exchanger

Following are the photos of plate heat exchanger (PHE) that we recently decide to open up because we cannot get good heat exchange and desired temperature. The PHE has been in operation for about 2 years already. We can see gum from crude palm oil (CPO) sticking on the outer part of the plates which create fouling on the PHE. All together there are 115 plates on this PHE. Now, we are dismantling it too clean the plates.

See how bad is the fouling on this PHE

The black hardened gum from CPO is found sticking on the plates. Some of the pieces of hardened gum have been removed, and we can slightly see the plates. Can you see it?

Some of the pieces of hardened gum lying helplesly on the floor.

While dismantling this heat exchanger, we found some other problems. Later I shall discuss about it.

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posted by zaki yamani @ 11:18 PM,

2 Comments:

At Friday, December 22, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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At Friday, December 22, 2006, Anonymous alzack said...

I used sigma 64 for my schmidt burten PHE. The max temperature of oil entering the plate is 267oC.

What is the gasket cost per piece for the type that can withstand those temperature? will it contained asbestos? Is it glue type?

If you have some catalog or any extra info, i think that'll be better

 

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