Tube Cleaning Solutions
Goodway Benelux offers a multitude of tube cleaning solutions. These solutions are used to remove deposits of the inner tube walls of various technical installations, such as shell & tube heat exchangers. Due to the large variety of applications, our solutions are split into 2 methods.
Low Pressure Technologies
All Goodway tube cleaning solutions are based on low pressure, this is different from traditional high pressure cleaning solutions. In most cases a low pressure cleaning is easier to perform with less risk and a lower cost point. Sometimes, a low pressure cleaning can be performed after a high pressure cleaning, this is also called a 2-pass cleaning. This type of cleaning is mostly utilized before tube inspections and tests.
Generally speaking, a low pressure cleaning can be performed for nearly all types of situations. However, the softer the deposit, the easier the cleaning becomes. It is also possible to remove harder deposits, such as limescale with advanced projectiles. Nevertheless, it is important to note that a low pressure tube cleaning will not be effective for heat exchanger tubes with extremely hard deposits, where ultra high pressure cleaning (2500+ bar) is required. Though a 2-pass cleaning can be performed here as explained above.
1. Mechanical Tube Cleaning
For smaller heat exchangers with max. 500-1000 tubes, a mechanical cleaning with rotating brushes can be utilized. This is a very effective maintenance method that uses high speed, rotating brushes to create friction in the tubes. A low pressure water flush ensures that all loosened deposits are flushed out of the tubes.
There are many different machines, shafts, brushes and tools available to perform tube cleaning. Therefore, this method can be used for preventive maintenance, but also for removing hard deposits or even drill open blocked tubes. You can find some of the most common tube cleaning applications on this page of our website.
2. Projectile Tube Cleaning
When larger heat exchangers, such as: surface condensers in power generation plants have to be cleaned, a projectile tube cleaning is one of the most effective and efficient technologies available. By shooting specialized projectiles through the tubes at a very high speed, the total cleaning downtime is reduced significantly. Some customers have seen a decrease of 80% (!) of their downtime due to cleaning and maintenance activities of their heat exchangers.
Projectiles are reusable and come in many different types. Most of the time they are custom made, based on the specific characteristics of the tubes that have to be cleaned. A projectile cleaning is a very fast method and is mostly used for (larger) condensers in various types of industries. More information about this technology can be found on this page of our website.
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Goodway Benelux also has trained professionals who can perform an inspection at your location. Based on this, we can then look for a solution.