Different Industrial Cleaning Methods of Heat Exchangers

In the industrial production, cleaning fouling or scaling of the heat exchanger is a costly procedure, which also impacts negatively on the environment. Previous studies have shown that the fouling of heat exchangers may contribute up to 2.5% of global CO2 emissions while reducing the global GDP by 0.25%.

If the equipment is clogged with biological, mineral, or chemical fouling, this may cause inefficiencies to industrial companies’ energy consumption and production yield. Clogging may even break the equipment if the cleaning is not done on time.

The examples of mechanical and chemical cleaning methods are indicated in the table below.

Mechanical and Chemical Cleaning

All these methods have one thing in common: they require stopping the production process and dismantling the clogged equipment. Production stoppages cause significant financial losses to large manufacturing companies. Moreover, both mechanical and chemical cleaning methods can severely damage the equipment, while not even being able to deliver the optimal cleaning performance.

While chemical cleaning may sound like an effective cleaning solution, the method involves the use of hazardous substances, which can affect the health of the cleaning personnel and people living close to the production facility.

Fortunately, there is an alternative cleaning solution that doesn’t require opening or dismantling industrial equipment. Altum’s software-guided power ultrasound is a cleaning method that enables our customers to accurately monitor the level of fouling inside their equipment during the production process, which is possible to implement without the need to stop the production or opening the equipment.

Case Study: Removing Heat Exchanger Fouling with Altum’s Solution

One of our customers from the chemical industry had its heat exchanger clogged with fouling. Before selecting Altum’s solution, our customer tried to solve the issue with every possible traditional cleaning method, yet none of them worked. We helped the customer by using the AltumHX solution, which enabled getting their heat exchanger up and running just in minutes. To learn the results and the benefits of using Altum’s software-guided power ultrasound in cleaning, read the full case study from the link below.

Read the case study

Heat Exchanger Case Study.

Click here to find out more about Altum’s operations in the chemical production industry.  If your company is struggling with fouling issues or you are looking for a new cleaning solution, do not hesitate to contact us. We will be happy to discuss your current fouling situation and provide you with the best possible solution for your industrial requirements.