To Past and Future Conference Participants

Due to my heavy workload as Rector of TU Dresden, Renate and I decided to turn the Fouling Conference over to HTRI, with whom we have a long, positive and close relationship. The staff of HTRI will continue our efforts to provide a collaborative forum for addressing the tremendous challenges due to fouling of heat exchangers. We sincerely thank all those who have contributed their time in the past to make the conference such a great success. A special note of appreciation goes to Paul Watkinson, previously my co-chair, and Reza Malayeri. I look forward to seeing you in Spain.

Hans Müller-Steinhagen

upcoming conference  -  synopsis

Heat Exchanger Fouling and Cleaning XII - 2017

June 11-16, 2017, Madrid

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Deposit formation occurs in most refining, chemical, desalination, and power generating processes. This widespread phenomenon is associated with significant environmental impact; additional energy consumption leads to 1-2.5% of global CO2 emissions. Increased pressure drop can reduce production. The cost penalties due to fouling in heat exchanger applications alone have been estimated as about 0.25% of the GDP of industrialized countries. Because of the cost related to fouling, a high value is placed on knowledge and technology that can alleviate the problem.

The aim of this conference is to facilitate innovative thinking through the sharing of ideas, research, and technology as well as encourage collaboration by providing an environment that promotes interaction, discussion, and networking. The schedule includes formal presentation and poster sessions, numerous opportunities for ad hoc discussions, and organized social activities (meals, evening socials, and a field trip!). This event will include topics on all types of fouling of heat exchangers from all industry sectors. Because fouling is a complex problem, all approaches and perspectives on the topic are welcome regardless of whether the topic is theoretical, practical approaches, case studies, modeling, cleaning technique, or a new invention. We encourage submission from both industry and academia. Students are also welcome to participate and present their work.