FIXOTALÂ® converts the energy of the fluid flow in the tubes into turbulence thus, preventing the stagnation of products in the layer adjacent to the tube wall.
The purpose of this fixed device is to increase the heat transfer rate and to mitigate fouling.
It also reduces certain types of fouling affected by wall temperature (polymerization, crystallization, solidification of paraffin, scaling, etc.).
The most common fluids used are atmospheric residue, crude oil, and most of the light liquid hydrocarbon chains, including vapors and flue gases.
- Crude Distillation Units (CDU) and Atmospheric Residue Service preheat trains
- Hydrotreater / Hydrocracker preheat trains
- Treated water services
- Air coolers
- No modification of the heat exchangers
- No damage to the tubes wall
- Quick to install
- Supervision by PETROVAL
- Added guarantee
Heat transfer increase
The turbulence generated by the presence of the insert increases the tube side heat transfer coefficient by 50% to 100%.
The improved heat recovery from the hot fluid results in a reduction in fired heater duty and consequently, a reduction in fuel consumption.
Debottlenecking the preheat train
The furnace is the bottleneck when the throughput of the unit is constrained by the feed preheat. Improving the heat recovery of the preheat train increases the throughput up to 3% with the same preheat temperature.
CO2 Emission reduction
CO2 emission is also reduced due to a reduction of fuel consumption.
Reduction in fouling
The mechanical cleaning effect leads to a reduction in the fouling rates of up to 80%.
Stabilized pressure drop
As the fouling rate is stabilized, the steady flow hydraulics leads to a stabilized pressure drop.
Run duration increased
Heat transfer improvement and fouling mitigation lead to doubled run duration and better operating conditions.