Carbon Residue Can Present Hazards in Thermal Fluid Heating SystemsFluid maintenance specialist Global Heat Transfer warns industry of the impact of carbon residue can have on industrial plant system aging and effectiveness.

In a white paper, GHT's Dr. Chris Wright notes that carbon residue -- also known as coke -- is the biggest offender when it comes to system safety. It can lead to fouling and, if not addressed, carbon-deposit-choked pipes, creating a fire hazard.

Dr. Wright urges fluid users to pay attention to signs of overheating and thermal cracking. Doing the necessary tests — as well as enlisting maintenance help from a reputable thermal fluid specialist if needed — can save money in the long run and help avoid accidents. The white paper also discusses flashpoint management and total acid number (TAN) values. Correctly controlling both means that maintenance activities become routine and thus costs are kept down.

The paper, which also outlines best practices for thermal fluid maintenance, is available to download from the company’s website.