Black deposits on fresh water side plate coolers

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Aavenger
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Black deposits on fresh water side plate coolers

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These coolers are part of lt system on ferry black deposits on FW
Side and sludge in header tank?New ship 2<. Years old?
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Big Pete
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Re: Black deposits on fresh water side plate coolers

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Poor cooling water treatment. The pipe work is rusting to form Black Iron Oxide (due to lack of Oxygen) which is dissolving in the circulating water and being deposited by Galvanic action onto the Heat Exchanger Plates which are less re active than the steel pipes.#

Same as the steel Hull corrodes, and tries to plate itself onto the Bronze Propeller, but is constantly eroded by the turbulent water flow, over the prop.

You need to power flush the system out with detergents to clean it and then maintain correct cooling water treatment.
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Re: Black deposits on fresh water side plate coolers

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We recently had similar on 2 of our fleet vessels. What we found was that both vessel had replaced rubber expansion joints in the last year. There is a color coded for these indicating they are made with different materials depending on the application. The new expansion joints we purchased had a yellow color band and were meant to be used in water systems but there is a red color code for expansion joints to be used with water treatment. We used maxi guard as a treatment and it attacked the rubber in these joints causing black sludge in the coolers and turned the normally pink colored water to cold black.
Hope this helps.
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Re: Black deposits on fresh water side plate coolers

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Thanks guys

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