Conference Dates

May 18-22, 2003

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ESDU International of London, UK has recently published a ‘User Guide’ on fouling in heat exchange systems using seawater as the coolant. Developed over a period of eighteen months in close collaboration with a team of oil refiners, heat transfer equipment and services suppliers and universities, with valuable input from the power industry, the User Guide is a practical guide to the current state of knowledge relating to fouling in cooling systems using seawater. Its objective is to provide the designer and the operator of both onshore and offshore equipment with a practical source of guidance on the occurrence, the mechanisms and the mitigation of seawater fouling in these systems.

ESDU’s collaborative Oil Industry Fouling Working Party was formed in recognition of the huge economic and environmental importance of heat exchanger fouling and the potential benefits that can accrue from better understanding of mitigation strategies. The seawater fouling User Guide is the second in a group, following the development of the Crude Oil Fouling User Guide issued in 2000. Work is now underway on cooling water fouling,

The development of the User Guide is discussed in this paper and its technical content is summarized