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Heat Exchanger Fouling and Cleaning XIV - 2021

Postponed until June 2022

With the continued uncertainty involving the global pandemic, we have consulted with the Technical Committee and made the difficult decision to postpone the Heat Exchanger Fouling & Cleaning Conference until June 2022.

Although we will miss seeing you next year in Austria, our priority is the health and safety of attendees and staff, and we believe that postponing the conference is the best solution to ensure this. We also wish to maintain the continued success by keeping with its current in-person format, which encourages discussion and interaction.

For those of you who submitted an abstract, we thank you and, unless you notify us otherwise, will hold them for consideration at our re-scheduled event. We remain excited to host you and will provide more information on specific dates as soon as possible. For now, we appreciate your understanding and wish you all the best. We look forward to seeing you in June 2022!

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Heat exchanger fouling is a chronic problem that contributes to process economics, plant capacity, as well as environmental and safety concerns within the food, pharmaceutical, water, chemical, petrochemical, and refining industries.

Numerous studies have shown that heat exchanger fouling may lead to 1 – 2.5% of global CO2 emissions. Furthermore, cost penalties associated with heat exchanger fouling are estimated to be roughly 0.25% of the gross domestic product (GDP) for industrialized countries. Fouling of heat transfer equipment is costing global industries hundreds of millions of dollars every year in increased equipment costs, maintenance costs, and energy and production losses.

It is important to advance research in fouling mechanisms, performance monitoring and process optimization methods, the use of predictive models, and fouling mitigation and cleaning technologies.

The Heat Exchanger Fouling & Cleaning Conference provides a unique opportunity to facilitate innovative thinking through the sharing of ideas, research, and technology. Collaboration is encouraged through interaction, discussion, and networking. Attendees will be able to participate in informative presentation and poster sessions, as well as interactive ad hoc discussions. Social activities—meals, evening receptions, and an offsite excursion—are also planned.

Submissions from industry and academia—including students presenting their work—are welcome. Because fouling is a complex problem, all papers related to this topic will be considered, including practical and theoretical approaches, case studies, modeling, techniques on cleaning, or new inventions.