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Tube Fouling Monitors

The ASME Condenser Performance Test Code, released in Sept 1998, requires extensive use of a device to measure and determine the fouling characteristics of the tube bundle by monitoring individual tubes. Powerfect has developed and field tested a program that meets/exceeds PTC 12.2-1998 requirements.

With proper use of our program, the code can be applied to routine monitoring and/or evaluating condenser acceptance criteria.

The Condenser Tube Fouling Monitors (TFM-Patent Pending) can be purchased as a package including a test plan with data evaluation and a comprehensive report or as a turn-key Performance test program with on site testing. Let us help quantify the potential savings and optimize the cleaning schedule for your condensers.

TFM Operation

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After tube cleaning or retube, Tube Fouling Monitor (TFM) is installed with one thermocouple lead positioned to measure outlet temperature of unplugged tube

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A control tube adjacent to TFM is plugged with removable plug on both ends

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Condenser is placed in service

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Outlet temperature data is recorded

 

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After designated period of time, control tube plugs are removed

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Second thermocouple lead is installed to measure outlet temperature of control tube

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Condenser is placed in service

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Outlet temperature data is recorded for original tube and for control tube

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Outlet temperature difference can be used to determine amount of fouling resistance in the condenser, resulting in a quantitative indication of overall condenser cleanliness

 

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