Fin Fan Cleaning

Engineered Cleaning for Fin Fans and Condensers

Tube Tech’s fin fan cleaning service offers engineered technology, operated by our experienced technicians to deliver faster cleaning, with better results.  

 

  • Removes 90%+ fouling  
  • Restored efficiency  
  • Improved performance reduces energy consumption 
  • Reduced CO2 emissions 
  • Faster cleaning 
  • ROI in < 2 months 

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Clean Fin Fans in 4 Easy Steps

Step One

Contact Tube Tech for a free technical evaluation and quotation

Step Two

A team of experience Tube Tech fin fan cleaning technicians is assembled and mobilised to the site. This will either be during a planned turnaround period or for an emergency/unplanned requirement.

Step Three

Our technicians typically use a bespoke extendable cleaning lance with an engineered head, developed over many years, to control water delivery to the fins. We can clean fin fan units online with individual fans isolated to minimise disruption if required.

Step Four

90%+ clean, guaranteed.

Fin Fan Cleaning 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.

Tube Tech Cleaning System is the Only Choice for Major European Refinery

Tube Tech Completes Fin Fan Clean at Waste to Power Plant in Yorkshire

Tube Tech Completes Fin Fan Radiator Cleaning at East London Power Plant

ACC Clean with Bespoke Finned Surface Cleaning Heads

ACC Fin-Fan Units Apex Cleaned Without Scaffolding

Fin Fan Cleaning FAQs
What are Fin Fans?

A fin fan is a heat exchanger that forces air over a set of finned tubes to cool the medium inside the tube. Although their applications can differ, fin fan style radiators can also be designed as steam condensers knows as Apex Air Cooled Condensers.

Fin fans are widely used in oil and gas, petrochemical and polymer, power and energy and manufacturing industries. The main function of fin fans is to remove heat produced by an industrial process which cannot be reused.

A fin fan heat exchanger is a critical asset and should be regularly maintained to ensure optimum performance.

How Often Should Fin Fans Be Cleaned?

How often a fin fan unit should be cleaned is dependent on the environment. Debris is drawn into the unit from the air used for cooling. For example, a steelworks or waste-to-energy plan is more likely to have a dusty environment and require additional monitoring and maintenance.

Cleaning schedules are often dictated by measuring performance and cleaning when there is a drop in efficiency. On average, fin fans should be cleaned 1-2 times per year, depending on the environmental factors and performance analysis.

Tube Tech can perform fin fan cleaning online with individual fans isolated to minimise disruption. Read our latest case study for more information.

What Happens if Fin Fans are Dirty or Fouled?

A dirty or fouled fin fan unit can significantly reduce efficiency and output, regardless of plant size. If fin fans are fouled, they are not able to cool effectively or as quickly as required. Eventually, underperforming units will lead to a reduction in throughput or unplanned outages and affect the bottom line.

What Causes Fin Fan Fouling?

Fouling in fin fan units is caused by environmental debris being drawn into the unit with the airflow.

Furthermore, warm ambient temperatures can exacerbate the issue of fouling. The cooling medium used by the fin fan (air) will be warmer upon entering the unit, reducing the effectiveness of the cooling process. When fouling is removed from the asset, the radiator recovers surface area for designed cooling.

How Fast Can Tube Tech Clean a Fin Fan Unit?

Tube Tech can clean approximately 9-10 plenum areas in a 10-hour shift. The industry average is 3-4 plenum areas within the same time. Our vast experience and engineered cleaning technologies allow us to complete cleaning significantly faster than traditional methods.

Contact Our Fin Fan Cleaning Team for a Free Evaluation

Tube Tech is here to provide advice about a range of cleaning services for mission-critical equipment. Contact our specialist team for a response within 24 hours.