Tube and Shell Side Cleaning of Vertical Combined Feed Exchangers


The Texas Tower/Vertical Combined Feed Exchanger (VCFE) is an unsung hero of many refineries. Due to its innovative design, it rarely causes concern to those involved in maintenance/asset management.

Texas Towers are designed as a relatively ‘clean’ exchanger and are often only cleaned once every 7-10 years. Some have been in operation for longer without showing a drop in performance.

When the performance starts to drop, it is usually a gradual process which goes largely unnoticed to begin with but can become a real problem.

As VCFE/Texas Towers are designed not to foul and they are cleaned infrequently operators can be unsure of who to ask for advice on the best cleaning methods as standard cleaning contractors will rarely have cleaned a Texas Tower/VCFE.

Challenges faced by those cleaning VCFE/Texas Towers include fouling location, unknown fouling characteristics, accessibility, safety, associated costs and risks with pulling.

Since Texas Tower cleaning takes place so infrequently it is essential that when they are taken off line for cleaning they are cleaned fast, safely and most importantly effectively with the right methods.

Tube Tech International has cleaned both the tube and shell side of many Texas Towers/VCFEs across the world and is able to provide solutions to the most difficult cleaning challenges.

Please review our case studies which highlight a selection of our numerous successful Texas Tower/VCFE cleaning experiences.

For all Texas Tower/Vertical Combined Feed Exchanger (VCFE) cleaning enquiries, please contact us.


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