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Innovative fouling-resistant materials for industrial heat exchangers: a review


Fouling of heat exchangers (HEs) has become a major concern across the industrial sector. Fouling is an omnipresent phenomenon but is particularly prevalent in the dairy, oil, and energy industries. Reduced energy performance that results from fouling represents significant operating loss in terms of both maintenance and impact on product quality and safety. In most industries, cleaning or replacing HEs are currently the only viable solutions for controlling fouling. This review examines the latest advances in the development of innovative materials and coatings for HEs that could mitigate the need for costly and frequent cleaning and potentially extend their operational life. To better understand the correlation between surface properties and fouling occurrence, we begin by providing an overview of the main mechanisms underlying fouling. We then present selected key strategies, which can differ considerably, for developing antifouling surfaces and conclude by discussing the current trends in the search for ideal materials for a range of applications. In our presentation of all these aspects, emphasis is given wherever possible to the potential transfer of these innovative surfaces from the laboratory to the three industries most concerned by HE fouling problems: food, petrochemicals, and energy production.
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hal-03550778 , version 1 (01-02-2022)



Caroline Françolle de Almeida, Manon Saget, Guillaume Delaplace, Maude Jimenez, Vanessa Fierro, et al.. Innovative fouling-resistant materials for industrial heat exchangers: a review. Reviews in Chemical Engineering, 2021, Reviews in Chemical Engineering, 39 (1), pp.71-104. ⟨10.1515/revce-2020-0094⟩. ⟨hal-03550778⟩
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