Process equipment fouling in oil refineries and petrochemical industries is an on-going, severe and costly problem. Fouling of equipment results in costly operational problems that include:
- Reduced reliability and processing flexibility
- Inefficient heat transfer and subsequent increases in energy costs
- Excessive maintenance requirements
- Reduced throughput
- Equipment damage
- Potential safety and environmental concerns
This can result in lost revenue due to lower daily throughput or worse; an unexpected plant outage. Control of fouling is dependent on understanding the type of fouling and the mechanism that initiates the process.
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