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Photo of the Day - Shell and Tube Heat Exchanger

This is a photo of a very big shell and tube heat exchangers. "Outokumpu Stainless Tubular Products" (OSTP) unit in Fagersta produces heat exchanger tubes for heat exchanger evaporators, condensers and other equipment. I don't bother counting how many tubes they are in the shell and tube heat exchanger, but I'm guessing there are almost 1000 tubes. Do you want to count? Photo adopted from Chemicals-Technology.com.

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posted by Kipas Repair JB @ 10:07 PM,


At Tuesday, August 07, 2007, Blogger ManaL said...

How big would the fouling factor be then x those tube numbers? There must be ways to minimise the fouling resistance for a large feed to reduce the energy consumption. Whaddaya think, zaki?

At Saturday, August 11, 2007, Blogger Kipas Repair JB said...

Manal, I haven't check those fouling factor stuff yet.

There're certainly ways to reduce/minimize the fouling. CIP and jet lensing cleaning are among the methods. During the previous shutdown, we only manage to clear 35% of the tubes, but strangely we got the flow.

Any comment on that?


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