F-24 Demonstration of RFU as Research Tool

M. R. Lane

In 2013 HTRI commissioned the Rotating Fouling Unit (RFU). With its smaller volume, shorter run duration, and faster turnaround, the RFU serves as a screening device for the High Temperature Fouling Units (HTFU-1 and HTFU-2) and is ideal for fouling impact studies on specific variables. Initial fouling tests and fouling impact studies of pressure and mixing were performed on a single crude oil in the RFU to demonstrate its functionality and utility. This report discusses the results and findings from these initial tests.