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Tube Side Corrosion in Heat Exchangers: A Case Study

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Antonio Carlos Ribeiro

Petroquimica União S.A.

L. C. Dalprat-Franco


Paper No. IMECE2006-15211, pp. 709-712; 4 pages
  • ASME 2006 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Heat Transfer, Volume 1
  • Chicago, Illinois, USA, November 5 – 10, 2006
  • Conference Sponsors: Heat Transfer Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4784-5 | eISBN: 0-7918-3790-4
  • Copyright © 2006 by ASME


Tube side corrosion in heat exchangers is a major concern in the design and operation of these equipment. This paper describes a particularly serious occurrence of what was interpreted to be Microbiologically Increased Corrosion (MIC) in a carbon steel condenser that lead to premature failure of the tubes by perforated corrosion pits. The photographs in the text illustrate the problem and proposed cures are discussed in the conclusions.

Copyright © 2006 by ASME



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