Petroleum Fouling

High-Temperature High-Pressure Fouling Unit

High-Temperature High-Pressure Fouling Unit

High-Temperature High-Pressure Fouling Unit

Patent #6,062,069 Assignors to the University of Chicago

Designed to determine threshold fouling conditions and mechanisms of fouling precursor formation under simulated conditions of industrial heat exchangers

Flow tube simulates fluid dynamics of annular-flow conditions

Validated with fouling data from the field fouling unit


Field Fouling Unit

Field Fouling Unit

Field Fouling Unit

-Designed for fouling monitoring of crude unit preheat train using split process stream

-Field experiments at two refineries to determine threshold fouling conditions and the effects of process conditions on the fouling rate

-Validated fouling mitigation using enhanced tube and tube insert

 

 

Field Fouling Unit

Field Fouling Unit

Field Fouling Unit

Designed for fouling monitoring of feed/effluent heat exchanger of high-pressure hydrotreater unit using split process stream

Two-phase flow of process fluid and hydrogen

Field experiments at one refinery