Conference Dates

July 1-6, 2007

First Page



Given models linking flow resistance and fouling resistance it becomes possible to simulate the effects of fouling on the hydraulic performance of a refinery pre-heat train. Such a simulation has been used here to identify when plant throughput will be limited by pressure drop; how throughput can be improved through the cleaning of individual exchangers and groups of exchangers; and how much production can be maintained when individual exchangers are taken off-line. Determination of better operating strategy requires a simulation of both hydraulic and thermal performance. In this paper we implement a pragmatic linked model and consider the results from a set of simulations.