Environmental Impact of Fouling in Heat Exchangers

Fouling Impact – Environmental

Environmental Impact of Fouling in Heat Exchangers

The environmental impact of Heat Exchanger fouling is equally as important as the economic impact. Worldwide treaties on the reduction of environmental pollution have resulted in a dramatic increase of our collective consciousness on this issue over recent years. Industry segments that find themselves under the magnifying glass as notorious polluters will be happy to address the issue of fouling. After all (and in addition to) the economic advantages – the environmental benefits are also obvious:

  • Extension of equipment lifetime (less corrosion in tubes)
  • Downsizing of equipment footprint (no overdesign)
  • Reduction of carbon footprint as result of reduced consumption of electricity or fossil fuels
  • Reduction of water consumption (higher Cycle of Concentration in cooling water allowable)
  • Reduction of chemicals required for manual cleaning