Maintaining your heat exchanger tubes

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Shell and tube heat exchangers are the most common heat exchanger tubes that USEL Tubular Division supply. These are often used for chemical processing and oil refineries, suiting high-pressure applications.

There are several factors that need to be taken into consideration when it comes to maintaining the quality of your finned tubes, including the following:

How to prevent leakages?

To improve the performance of your industrial plant, you needn’t look any further than USEL Tubular Division or Tube Supply! By carrying out regular maintenance, you can easily maintain the functionality of your heat exchanger tube, ensuring that processes are ongoing and preventing the occurrence of leaks.

What is fouling?

Fouling is when the wall of the finned tubes increases, making it incredibly difficult for heat to transfer efficiently.It occurs when material builds up on the inside of the heat exchanger tube and restricts the flow of heat.Fouling acts as a layer of insulation, ultimately increasing maintenance costs.

What causes fouling?

There are several causes of fouling, one of the main ones being crystallisation and oxidation. These can often take their toll on the performance of the heat exchanger tube. Fouling is caused bycorrosion and sludge, rust and dust building up inside the tube.

In order to prevent such consequences, careful maintenance needs to be carried out.


For any damaged finned tubes, you may need a complete replacement. Replacing finned tubes can work out expensive, hence why USEL Tubular Division recommend you maintain your equipment, eliminating the need to replace them often!

High-pressure cleaning is considered to be an ideal method for maintaining your heat exchanger tubes; the high-pressure injection of fluids can remove any material quickly and efficiently, allowing heat to flow freely!

Why routine maintenance?

You’ll need to carry out routine maintenance if you want your heat exchanger tubes to last. By discussing your needs in detail with tube suppliers, you can sustain the quality of your products for longer, identifying the best methods for preventing your heat exchangers from premature wear and tear.

Continuous cleaning is yet another way to protect your heat exchanger tube; in doing so, you’ll be able to conserve optimal heat transfer. Cleaning the heat exchangers is ideal if you’re looking to improve the performance and efficiency of heat exchangers.

Why Tube Supply?

The team at USEL Tubular Division manufacture high-quality Integrally finned tubes and Helical High finned tubes, allowing you to maximise efficiency. They ensure that you receive the best value for money.

USEL Tubular Division specialises in delivering products on time, to discuss your needs further, why not get in touch with them today?

Simply call them on 0191 587 1777!


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