Solving U-Tube (Hairpin) Exchanger Fouling Removal Challenges

Improving Heat Transfer Efficiency

Removing 90%+ of any Substance and Severity of Fouling with Heat Transfer Efficiency Solutions

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 fouling removal work to return the exchanger to anything near its commissioned performance. If the outside of the bundle is heavily scaled as well, the fouling removal 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 remove fouling from the hidden areas of these exchangers without immense mechanical intervention.

Reversing 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 fouling removal systems, Tube Tech can remove fouling 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 fouling removal expertise.


Case Studies

Read our latest U-tube Heat Exchanger Fouling Removal case studies to find out how we use our unique fouling removal solutions and specialist knowledge to tackle some of the world’s toughest fouling challenges.

Cleaning Robot Lance Tackles Hard Scale for Power Company

crude oil heater fouling

Crude Oil Heaters Restored Offshore

tubes being cleaned

Crude Train U-Tubes Polished in Five Hours

marks on tubes locating fouling

Heat Exchangers (Crude Train) Restored Back to Bare Metal at a Refinery

gas cooler tubes with fouling coming out of them

Gas Cooler U-Tube Restored Offshore


Rotational Head Clears Small Tube Blockages for Back to Bare Metal Restoration

First-class Heat Transfer Recovery is Just the Answer for Stalwart Food Manufacturer


Tube Tech Improves Heat Transfer Efficiency at Composites Producer in UK

Tube Tech Restores Tube Bores at Chemical Manufacturing Facility in Hull

Tube Tech Water Jetting Success at UK-based Global Food Manufacturer

tube fouling

Ultra-high-pressure Water Jets Gets Refinery Flowing

a u-tube heat exchanger

Unblocking U-Tube Heat Exchanger at a Gas Liquefaction Plant in Abu Dhabi

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