New heat transfer fluid improves performance in anode paste plant

CIM Bulletin, Vol. 86, No. 966, 1993

A.F. Mikkelsen, Alcan Smelters and Chemicals Ltd., Kitimat, British Columbia, and S.C. Cohen, Petro-Canada Products, Mississauga, Ontario

This paper describes the improvements made to the operation of a liquid phase, 300°C, heat transfer system in the paste plant of an aluminum smelter. These improvements were achieved by replacing the original heat transfer fluid, a synthetic aromatic, with a new technology, petroleum-based product. This new fluid, Calflo HTF, provided better thermal stability, with lower toxicity, and improved plant working conditions. The procedures for fluid selection, changeout and performance monitoring are described along with a summary of control analysis over the last three years.
Keywords: Heat transfer systems, Aluminum smelters, Thermal stability, Calflo HTF.