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Proceedings of an International Conference on Mitigation of Heat Exchanger Fouling and Its Economic and Environmental Implications

ISSN:
1-56700-172-6 (Print)

SIMULATION OF FURNACE FOULING - PILOT PLANT STUDIES

R. J. Parker
National Centre for Upgrading Technology Devon, Alberta, Canada

R. A. McFarlane
Alberta Research Council Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Abstract

Fouling of the inner surface of furnace tubes by coke and iron sulphide is common during heavy oil upgrading. A pilot plant was constructed to simulate and investigate conditions that cause fouling found in commercial furnaces. Laboratory procedures were developed to measure the elemental composition of foulant deposits. The composition of the foulant in pilot plant tests was similar to that collected from commercial furnaces.