upcoming conference  -  synopsis

Heat Exchanger Fouling and Cleaning XI - 2015

June 07-12, 2015, Enfield


The heat exchanger fouling and cleaning community is confronted with new challenges that have not been foreseen in the past, and with old problems that are increasingly getting worse. Typical examples are exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) coolers which are successfully used by the automotive industry to meet efficiency and emission standards, but suffer from rapid formation of various types of deposit on the cooling surfaces. Along the same line, today's oil refineries have to cope with heavier crude oils or densified residuals with higher risk of fouling from sources which until recently have not been economical to process. The production of hydrocarbon fuels from biomass and the co-firing of waste material and straw in power plants are associated with substantial fouling problems. The increasing pressure on potable water resources requires more installations for thermal desalination of seawater, which notoriously suffer from formation of deposits.

Numerous studies have shown that heat exchanger fouling may be responsible for up to 2.5% of global CO2 emissions. Cost penalties due to fouling, e.g. for additional fuel, down-time, over-design, cleaning chemicals, etc., have been estimated as about 0.25% of the GDP of industrialized nations.

The aim of this series of conferences is, therefore, to facilitate innovative thinking and to explore new theoretical and practical approaches to address the tremendous challenges associated with fouling of heat exchangers. It will also provide an opportunity for experts from industry, academia and research centers from around the world to present their latest research and technological developments in fouling mitigation and cleaning strategies. In addition to academic research we particularly welcome industrial case studies, whether there have been successful solutions to fouling or not.