Deposit formation occurs in most refining, chemical, desalination and power generating processes. The widespread phenomenon is associated with significant environmental impact — additional energy consumption leads to 1 to 2.5 percent of global CO2 emissions, according to HTRI.

Given the high costs of heat exchanger fouling, a high value is placed on knowledge and technology that can alleviate the problem. Toward that end, HTRI will host the 2017 Heat Exchanger Fouling and Cleaning Conference on June 11-16, 2017 in Madrid. HTRI has issued a call for papers for the 2017 event.

Key themes of the 2017 Heat Exchanger Fouling and Cleaning Conference include:

  • Crude oil and hydrocarbon fluid fouling.
  • Fouling in cooling water and thermal desalination units.
  • Fouling in power plants, dairy and food industries and the automotive industry.
  • Surface and chemical treatment.
  • Modeling and CFD studies of fouling processes.
  • Anti-fouling design of heat exchangers.
  • Mechanisms of heat transfer fouling (crystallization, particulate, reaction, corrosion, solidification and biofouling).
  • Micro and compact heat exchanger fouling.
  • Fouling mitigation, including cleaning of heat exchangers and monitoring of heat exchanger fouling.

The abstract deadline is January 20. Interested participants are asked to submit a 250-word abstract to Reza Malayeri at To learn more, visit