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Crude Oil Fouling by Geoffrey Hewitt, Francesco Coletti

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5.4. Industrial Scale High-Fidelity Modeling

F. Coletti and S. Macchietto
In Section 5.1 the current heat exchanger design methodologies and their limitations have been reviewed. This has highlighted the importance of integrating fouling models with thermal ones to capture adequately the different phenomena involved in the deposition of unwanted material on thermal surfaces. As recognized by Bott (1995b) the purpose of any fouling model is

“to assist the designer or indeed the operator of heat exchangers, to make an assessment of the impact of fouling on heat exchanger performance given certain operating conditions.”

To accomplish this goal, Schreier and Fryer (1995) noted that fouling models should take into account:
• The rates of the processes ...

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