RESEARCH PAPERS: Forced Convection and Heat Exchangers

Crystallization Fouling in Plate Heat Exchangers

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B. Bansal, H. Müller-Steinhagen

Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering, University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand

J. Heat Transfer 115(3), 584-591 (Aug 01, 1993) (8 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2910728 History: Received July 01, 1992; Revised January 01, 1993; Online May 23, 2008


Crystallization fouling of calcium sulfate was investigated in a plate and frame heat exchanger. The effects of flow velocity, wall temperature, and CaSO4 , concentration on the fouling rates have been investigated and the distribution of scale along the heat transfer surface has been observed. The measured fouling curves are compared with predictions from a surface reaction controlled model.

Copyright © 1993 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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