The cooling water system simulator is an automated pilot plant for evaluating anti-scaling, corrosion inhibitor and bio-fouling inhibitor chemicals in refinery cooling and bitumen extraction water systems which include heat exchangers and cooling towers. This paper describes the simulator's design, construction, modes of operation and commissioning.
Two successive leakages were reported in the heat exchanger composed of 8 rows of finned tubes of the convection section of the condensate stripper re-boiler. A comprehensive study (Failure Analysis) has been conducted to reveal the form of failure. The failure was recognized as erosion and cavitation damage.