Fuel oil heating time simulation to determine optimal pumping viscosity

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Sandra Elvira Fajardo Muñoz
Galo Jaime Páez Fajardo


In order to estimate the time required to reach the average temperature of a highly viscous material with which optimal pumping viscosity is obtained, a simulation of an on-board coil heating system on Ecuadorian Heavy Fuel Oil (HFO) was conducted. Heat transmission and heat transfer is studied through a highly viscous fluid such as HFO; processes such as energy conservation, mass conservation, and conservation of momentum on viscous fluids are included. Additionally, processes of energy diffusion and energy convection must be included. It was found that temporal evolution of mean temperature does not have dependence with the steam heating profile in coils, but indeed it has a linear dependence in time.
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