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Comparative study of mechanical and chemical methods for surface cleaning of a marine shell-and-tube heat exchanger

Résumé : In this article, experimental analysis is done on shell-and-tube heat exchanger of a marine vessel for removal of fouling using optimum surface-cleaning techniques. The main objective is to compare the performance of the heat exchanger before and after maintenance. Two identical deteriorated systems of heat exchangers are taken and real-time analysis is conducted. The log data are taken before and after undergoing maintenance for the two systems. Two different cleaning techniques are used, namely, chemical cleaning and mechanical cleaning. Detailed calculations are made for the shell-and-tube heat exchanger. From the obtained data, comparisons are made for different parameters on the tube side such as friction factor, heat transfer coefficient and pressure drop, as well as total heat transfer rate on the shell side. From the analysis and comparison, it was found that greater heat transfer takes place for the tubes cleaned using the chemical cleaning method than for tubes cleaned by the mechanical cleaning method. Pressure drop is found to be less for chemical cleaning method than mechanical cleaning method. This indicates that the fouling effect is reduced for tubes cleaned by the chemical cleaning method, and furthermore these tubes remain corrosion-resistant for longer periods of time.
Domaine de référence : Antifouling
Auteur P.s Kishore, Kumar Rajnish, N Vamsi Venkata
Année de parution : 2017.
Mots-clés : cleaning methods, Fouling, friction factor, heat transfer coefficient, pressure drop, shell-and-tube heat exchanger.
Type de document : Article de revue.
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Ce projet est financé par le Fonds Européen de Développement Régional, la Région Normandie et le Conseil Départemental de la Manche.