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    27-03-2017Cooperação frutífera – how joint collaboration at KAEFER leads to success[Headquarters]
     Our experiences in thermal calculations and simulations allows us to predict system behaviour before the equipment is in operation taking different boundary conditions into consideration.
     
     

    Last year, KAEFER introduced its thermography service for energy audits at customer facilities in Europe provided by our Technical Excellence & Services team of Corporate Operations Excellence (COE-TES). The colour based thermography pictures show surface heat variations and are very helpful to detect heat losses.

    Our experiences in thermal calculations and simulations allows us to predict system behaviour before the equipment is in operation taking different boundary conditions into consideration. Additionally, we can contribute our knowhow to fulfil customer requirements within the planning process.

    The following project shows the successful cooperation between COE-TES and the Petrobras site management team of our subsidiary RIP Servicos Industriais in Brazil:
    A pipeline out in the open, 320m in length and 48" in diameter containing a cold medium, had to be insulated to ensure a minimal temperature drop even with the great sun radiation in this tropical area.

    The idea of a half pipe insulation on the upper side of the pipeline was born in Brazil whereas COE-TES conducted the technical evaluation in Germany.

    COE-TES carried out Finite Element Method (FEM) based thermal simulations under consideration of ambient conditions, especially the sun radiation to calculate the heat increase of the medium inside the pipeline. Using the FEM in our ANSYS software, important information, heat loss and temperatures on all parts of construction were predicted. The powerful KAEFER-own calculation tool WTB was also used for the calculation of temperature loss over the 320m pipe length.

    The solution was a one inch half pipe PUR insulation on the top side of pipeline. Due to the proper installation of our Brazilian colleagues, the customer requirements were fully met.

    A great sample of successful intercompany collaboration.

     

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