Frontiers of Chemical Science and Engineering

, Volume 12, Issue 4, pp 619–629 | Cite as

Accounting for local features of fouling formation on PHE heat transfer surface

  • Petro KapustenkoEmail author
  • Jiří Klemeš
  • Olga Arsenyeva
  • Olexandr Matsegora
  • Oleksandr Vasilenko
Research Article


The fouling phenomena can create significant operational problems in the industry by deteriorating heat recuperation, especially in heat exchangers with enhanced heat transfer. For a correct prediction of fouling development, the reliable fouling models must be used. The analysis of existing fouling models is presented. The chemical reaction and transport model developed earlier for a description of fouling on intensified heat transfer surfaces is used for modeling of plate heat exchanger (PHE) subjected to fouling. The mathematical model consists of a system of differential and algebraic equations. The integration of it is performed by finite difference method with developed software for personal computer. For countercurrent streams arrangement in PHE the solution of two-point boundary problem is realized on every time step. It enables to estimate local parameters of heat transfer process with fouling formation and its development in time with the growth of deposited fouling layer. Two examples of model application in cases of PHEs working at sugar factory and in district heating network are presented. The comparison with experimental data confirmed the model validity and the possibility of its application to determine the performance of PHE subjected to fouling.


heat transfer fouling plate heat exchanger mathematical model 


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This research has been supported by the EU project “Sustainable Process Integration Laboratory–SPIL,” project No. CZ.02.1.01/0.0/0.0/15_003/0000456 funded by EU “CZ Operational Programme Research, Development and Education,” Priority 1: Strengthening capacity for quality research in a collaboration agreement with National Technical University “Kharkiv Polytechnic Institute” and AO Spivdruzhnist-T LLC. Olga Arsenyeva is grateful to the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation for the financial support.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Petro Kapustenko
    • 1
    Email author
  • Jiří Klemeš
    • 2
  • Olga Arsenyeva
    • 1
    • 3
  • Olexandr Matsegora
    • 4
  • Oleksandr Vasilenko
    • 4
  1. 1.National Technical University “Kharkiv Polytechnic Institute,”KharkivUkraine
  2. 2.Sustainable Process Integration Laboratory – SPIL, NETME Centre, Faculty of Mechanical EngineeringBrno University of Technology – VUT BrnoBrnoCzech Republic
  3. 3.University of Paderborn, Chair of Fluid Process EngineeringPaderbornGermany
  4. 4.AO Spivdruzhnist-T LLCKharkivUkraine

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