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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)

MODEL INVESTIGATION OF INITIAL FOULING RATES OF PROTEIN SOLUTIONS IN HEAT TRANSFER EQUIPMENT

Ian Rose
Department of Chemical and Bio-Resource Engineering The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, ВС, Canada, V6T 1Z4

A. Paul Watkinson
Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering The University of British Columbia Vancouver, ВС, Canada V6T 1Z4

Norman Epstein
Department of Chemical Engineering, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia V6T 1W5, Canada

Abstract

Two dilute protein solutions were used as model fluids to test a mathematical model for the initial chemical reaction fouling rate of a heat transfer surface. Experimental results showed that at a given wall temperature, a maximum initial fouling rate existed over a range of velocities. This maximum rate and the fluid velocity at which it occurred both increased as the wall temperature increased. These observations were in accord with the model. Optimum model predictions yielded kinetic parameters, viz. reaction orders and activation energies, consistent with literature values, and the average absolute percent deviation between experimental results and optimum model predictions were 24.5 % for whey protein fouling and 23.3 % for lysozyme fouling.