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Designing Two-Phase Flow Heat Exchangers for Mitigating Fouling

This paper, presented in 2007 at the 7th International Conference on Heat Exchanger Fouling Mitigation and Cleaning, discusses design approaches to evaluate twophase flow conditions and design exchangers to minimize fouling. Such design approaches may not be optimum for heat transfer and pressure drop considerations; however, it will minimize fouling and localized corrosion. The paper focuses on improved design of feed/effluent exchangers with tube side flows and reboilers for minimizing shell-side fouling and a case study is presented. The result is lower lifecycle ownership cost of the exchanger.