This unique and comprehensive text considers all aspects of heat exchanger fouling from the basic science of how surfaces become fouled to very practical ways of mitigating the problem and from mathematical modelling of different fouling mechanisms to practical methods of heat exchanger cleaning. The problems that restrict the efficient operation of equipment are described and the costs, some of them hidden costs, that are associated with the fouling of heat exchangers are discussed. Some simple concepts and models of the fouling processes are presented as part of the introduction to the subject.

Advice on the selection, design, installation and commissioning of heat exchangers to minimise fouling is given. A large part of the text is devoted to the use of chemical and other additives to reduce or eliminate the problem of fouling. Another large section is designed to give information on both on-line and off-line cleaning of heat exchangers. One of the difficulties faced by designers and operators of heat exchangers is anticipating the likely extent of fouling problems to be encountered with different flow streams. Another large section addresses the question and describes methods that have been used in attempting to define fouling potential. The book concludes with a chapter on how fouling information can be obtained using plant data, field tests and laboratory studies.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction. 2. Basic principles. 3. The cost of fouling. 4. General models of fouling. 5. Fluid flow and mass transfer. 6. Adhesion. 7. Particulate deposition. 8. Crystallisation and scale formation. 9. Freezing fouling or liquid solidification. 10. Fouling due to corrosion. 11. Chemical reaction fouling. 12. Biological growth on heat exchanger surfaces. 13. The design, installation, commissioning and operation of heat exchangers to minimise fouling. 14. The use of additives to mitigate fouling. 15. Heat exchanger cleaning. 16. Fouling assessment and mitigation in some common industrial processes. 17. Obtaining data. Index.


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© 1995
Elsevier Science
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About the author

T.R. Bott

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK


@qu:...should provide an excellent reference for designers and operators of heat exchange equipment dealing with multiple heat exchange processes which require insights into fundamentals of fouling to quickly assess the nature of the problem and arrive at a solution. The book is also a good supplementary reference for any fundamental course on heat transfer or heat exchanger design. @source:Biofouling