Solving U-Tube (Hairpin) Exchanger Cleaning Challenges

One of the most popular and widely employed heat exchanger configurations in the industry is the straight or U-tube hairpin shell and tube exchanger. The extent of scaling can involve major cleaning work to return the exchanger to anything near its commissioned performance. If the outside of the bundle is heavily scaled as well, the cleaning challenge rises by an order of magnitude.

Anyone involved in the maintenance of a site which involves a U-bend or hairpin exchanger will acknowledge that traditional cleaning techniques struggle to clean the hidden areas of these exchangers without immense mechanical intervention.

Cleaning hairpin bends back to bare metal was a challenge the company met some time ago and has since perfected its technique within different industrial settings across the world.

Using a variety of unique cleaning systems including the miniature, Tube Tech can clean and then video probe inspect hairpin shell and tube exchangers anywhere in the world. Please review the following case studies which demonstrate Tube Tech’s hairpin exchanger cleaning expertise.

Tube Tech’s ability to dramatically recover heat transfer and process performance is unrivalled and proven many times around the world under the scrutiny of Oil and Gas Consultants such as of Shell Global Solutions

Executive Vice-President
Global Business Development
KBR, Inc.

I believe [Tube Tech’s] technology and know-how is sound, and that its track record in specialist service delivery is second to none in this frontier technology field of on-line specialist cleaning. Its technology and know-how also extends to OEM design considerations for more effective and “built-in” cleaning techniques from the outset.

The overall result that Tube Tech is able to deliver for customers in the hydrocarbons business is a more reliable operation, less down-time, faster turnarounds, and ultimately a lower total cost of operation.

I am impressed with its knack for developing technology in this field, and its strong customer loyalty/track record.

Senior Vice President


Case Studies

Read our latest case studies to find out how we use our unique cleaning solutions and specialist knowledge to tackle some of the world’s toughest fouling challenges.

Crude Oil Heaters Cleaned Offshore

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Heat Exchangers (Crude Train) Cleaned Back to Bare Metal within a refinery

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Crude Train U-Tubes Polished in Five Hours

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Gas Cooler U Tube Cleaned Offshore

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Unblocking U-Tube for a gas liquefaction plant in Abu Dhabi

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