Essential Asset Monitoring

Heat exchanger fouling can be accelerated by salts, sediment, catalyst fines, and asphaltene precipitation. Over time, build up occurs, impeding heat transfer, negatively impacting throughput, and requiring increased energy usage. Energy costs rise when fouling forces downstream process heaters to supply more energy due to heat transfer degradation in pre-heat exchangers. Increased demand on downstream fired heaters can also diminish throughput as operating temperature limits are reached, and can lead to decreased production, increased emissions, and hefty regulatory fines.

Emerson's Heat Exchanger Monitoring solutions offer early and accurate detection of heat exchanger fouling by providing temperature and pressure measurements that are trended, chronicled, and analyzed to alert operators to potential fouling or design issues. Operators have the ability to calculate heat transfer, exchanger heat-transfer coefficient, fouling factors, and the cost of degradation along with the insight necessary to understand intermediate bundle temperatures and heat transfer profiles.

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