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VOL XXII, NO 45, ELITE

Belzona® Saves Refinery $50,000

 
 

Industry:

Fluid Flow (FLOW)

 
 

Application:

Heat Exchangers (HEX)

 
 

Customer Location:

Refinery - Sweeny, Texas USA

 
 

Application Date:

January 2003 and January 2008

 
 

Application Situation:

Multiple heat exchanger components severely damaged by erosion/corrosion.

 
 

Problem:

Galvanic corrosion and erosion resulting in loss of thickness and gasket sealing surfaces. This allows for working fluid to bypass portions of the multi-pass exchanger thereby greatly decreasing the efficiency of the heat exchanger.

 
 

Products:

Belzona® 1111 (Super Metal)

Belzona® 1321 (Ceramic S-Metal)

 

Substrate:

Carbon Steel

 
 

Application Method:

Belzona® 1111 and Belzona® 1321 were applied in accordance with Belzona Know-How System Leaflet HEX-2.

 
 

Belzona Facts:

Conventional repair involves weld build up followed by the machining of new gasket surfaces at a cost of $2,500-$5,000 per dollar plate. The Belzona solution costs less than half of the conventional repair. This results in cost savings of more than $50,000 per unit turnaround.

 
 

Photographs Description

  1. Heat exchanger dollar plate prior to repair  
  2. Heat exchanger dollar plate after repair and coating  
  3. Heat exchanger after five years in service  
  4. Heat exchanger channel head after five years in service
 
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For more information about Belzona visit: www.belzona.com