To evaluate oxidation response of various commercially available heat transfer fluids, an oxidation stress test was developed to compare one synthetic aromatic-based heat transfer fluid with other thermic fluids.
Water is nature’s heat transfer fluid, a liquid used since the dawn of time to heat and cool. It freezes at 32°F (0°C) and boils at 212°F (100°C). To extend the liquid range, other chemicals are added such as ethylene and propylene glycol.
Used after process heating operations, temporary cooling solutions such as cooling towers, chillers and air conditioners provide significant benefits. They allow petrochemical and refining companies to avoid project delays and improve their balance sheet by avoiding high cost capital expenditure (CAPEX) commitments on short- to mid-term duration needs.
Whether maintaining pipe temperatures in a petrochemical plant on the Gulf of Mexico or a platform off the windswept Scottish coast, facility managers are all too familiar with the challenges such a task poses.