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Navigating the 7 Thermal Fluid C’s – Charting the Course for Proper Fluid Selection

Heat transfer fluid technology has evolved over many years and the advantages of fluid heating/cooling are well established; yet there are still common spheres of confusion that need to be addressed. The initial step in any thermal fluid operation is also a predominant source of such misunderstanding: how to navigate through the vast array of available fluid options and select the product that best fulfills your specific operating needs.



Originally presented: June 6, 2018
Duration: 1 hour
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Overview

Heat transfer fluids (thermal fluids, hot oils) are designed to provide accurate, uniform temperature control to process operating units. This technology has evolved over many years and the advantages of fluid heating/cooling are well established; yet there are still common spheres of confusion that need to be addressed. The preliminary step in any thermal fluid project is also a predominant source of such misunderstanding: how to navigate through the vast array of available fluid options and select the product that best fulfills your specific operating needs.

With a host of different manufacturers/suppliers/distributors each offering an extensive list of products; it can be difficult to know where to start let alone how to optimize the decision process. This presentation introduces key selection criteria in the form of 7 "C's" that serve to chart the course for those industry stakeholders taking the helm to specify the most effective heat transfer fluid for their operation.

After familiarizing attendees with the unique advantages and limitations of 3 distinct heat transfer fluid classifications, the presentation then offers specific criteria to be used in progressively narrowing in on the options that are capable of meeting process requirements. Key considerations will be evaluated along the way, such as the ability to meet operation-specific conditions, compatibility with system elements and/or existing fluids, and the tradeoffs of performance demands vs. product cost. Competitive benchmarking and methods to evaluate supplier credibility are presented as factors that can influence the final decision between fluid choices that are seemingly equivalent otherwise.

Key Take-Aways

  • Recognize the importance of choosing the correct fluid for your heat transfer application and why this decision is critical to keeping your entire operation running safely and efficiently
  • Know what to look for when verifying the credibility of thermal fluid product claims and supplier credentials
  • Discover the key product elements that you should be prioritizing in your thermal fluid selection process
  • Understand the differences between compatible and comparable fluid features
  • Learn about what makes heat transfer fluids unique, and why not all fluids are created equally

Speaker

Ryan Ritz, Global Director of Technology, Paratherm Heat Transfer Fluids

Ryan Ritz has been working with high-level technical aspects and the industrial application of heat transfer fluids since 2003. His expertise has been focused on practical functionality, product formulation, R&D, used fluid testing, technical service, sales & marketing, and laboratory management. Ryan is the Global Director of Technology at The Lubrizol Corporation's Paratherm division located in King of Prussia, PA.