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Case history: Characterization of shale oils and heat exchanger performance

02.01.2014  |  Sayles, S.,  KBC , Houston, TexasRomero, S.,  KBC Advanced Technologies, Houston, Texas

LTOs are paraffinic, low in asphaltenes but high in filterable solids. Understanding the impact of these mechanisms can shed light on preheat exchanger performance and the prediction of fouling rates.

Keywords: [shale oil] [tight oil] [paraffin] [wax] [fouling] [heat exchanger]

In North America, light tight oil (LTO), also known as shale oil, has provided a huge supply of light sweet crudes for US and Canadian refiners. Likewise, these crudes are located in other regions. LTOs present different processing problems. One area of high interest is heat-exchanger fouling due to processing LTOs.

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