Fin Fan Cleaning

Fin Fan Cleaning Services

When it comes to cleaning complex equipment like fin fans, dry ice blasting is the ideal solution. But in order to understand why it works so well, you need to familiarize yourself with how these sophisticated mechanisms work.

What is a Fin Fan?

A fin fan is a type of heat exchanger. (Some people call it an air cooled heat exchanger.) It’s typically used when a process system generates excessive heat that must be removed. Fin fans work by forcing the hot air over a set of coils, which cools the air prior to elimination.

A car radiator is perhaps the most common type of fin fan, but this is just one small-scale example. In industrial settings, fin fans are massive air-cooled exchangers that are comprised of a bundle of finned-tubes with box headers on both ends. These headers are configured in such a way that air can pass through a single time or continuously. The air typically blows upwards through the bundle and induces a powerful draft.

Fin fans are typically powered by electric motors. The fan has variable frequency drives that can change the speed to account for different demands.

You’ll commonly see fin fans in industries like natural gas processing, refining, petrochemical, oil and gas transmission, geothermal, heavy oil, gas compression, HVAC, shale gas and oil production, and LNG liquefaction and vaporization.

Precautions for Cleaning Fin Fans

Fin fans serve an extremely important role in the functioning of turbines, engines, and other systems. As such, they must be regularly cleaned to ensure they work properly. However, without the proper precautions, cleaning can be a high-risk endeavor.

The problem with most cleaning methods is that they’re messy and abrasive. Not only can they compromise the system’s parts, but they can actually cause corrosion and/or force dirt, dust, and unwanted particles further into the system.

If you want to properly clean your fin fans, you need to use the right solution. This is where dry ice blasting comes into play.

Benefits of Using Dry Ice Blasting for Cleaning Fin Fans

Dry Ice Blast Cleaning can improve the efficiency of fin fan coolers by up to 35% by cleaning out built-up dust and debris, allowing air to pass through the fins.

Dry ice blasting in contrast to other methods cleans out debris and dust with no secondary waste as is the case of water and foam applications that must be cleaned up the areas once the job is completed.

As soon as dry ice pellets come into contact with the surface of the fin fan, the impact causes them to transition back into carbon dioxide gas. This gas expands, which causes the outer coating – i.e. the dirt, dust, or grime – to loosen and break free.

Dry ice blasting is preferred to other methods because it’s non-abrasive. No damage is caused to the system, regardless of how often it’s cleaned. Likewise, there’s no residue, moisture, or waste left over. This prevents mould, mildew, and corrosion.

Finally, dry ice blasting is safe for equipment, people, and the environment. This makes it the ideal solution to be used in busy areas and workspaces.

Locations Served

Our mobile fleet offers Dry Ice Blasting to locations all across Ontario, including Toronto, Ottawa, Kingston, London, Burlington, Kitchener-Waterloo, Hamilton, Niagara, St. Catharines, Windsor, Barrie, Sudbury, Sarnia, and more.


Case Studies

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At Wickens, we work on complicated projects that require unique solutions. Explore our latest case study, in which we created unique cleaning solutions to prepare a major rail yard wash bay for painting.

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Learn how Wickens used DOFF cleaning on soot and fire residue to clean the exterior of a nine-storey high-rise building in our latest case study.

Case Study: Fire Restoration at Hydro Substation

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Case Study: Attic Mould Removal in Townhouse Complex

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Case Study: Fire Restoration at School

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Case Study: Grafton Historic Building Restoration

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Case Study: DOFF Cleaning for External Wood Panelling on Estate Property

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Case Study: Lead Paint Removal in Ontario Brewery

Wickens Dry Ice Blasting assisted in the removal and disposal of lead paint in an Ontario brewery, keeping the establishment and its employees safe.

Case Study: Log Cabin Restoration

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Case Study: Dry Ice Blasting Used for a Fire Restoration Project

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Case Study: Fire Restoration of 10-Storey Office Building

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Case Study: DOFF and Dry Ice Blasting Used for Fire Restoration Project

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Case Study: Lead Paint Removal for Major Food Processor

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Case Study: Using Dry Ice Blasting to Clean Economizer Piping

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Case Study: Toronto Condominium Fire Restoration

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Case Study: Historical Restoration and Preservation of the Kissing Bridge

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Case Study: Fire Restoration in a Subway Restaurant

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Case Study: Via Rail Fire Restoration & Prevention

Via Rail connects Canada from coast to coast—so it’s crucial to keep trains running safely and efficiently. After an incident involving an exhaust vent that caught fire, Via Rail called in the professionals at Wickens Dry Ice Blasting to restore the area and provide preventive cleaning to avoid similar issues in the future.

Case Study: Mould Remediation at a St. Catharines Ice Arena

Managers of an ice arena in St. Catharine’s, Ontario discovered significant mould growth on the ceiling of the building. Wickens Dry Ice Blasting was able to clean the mould residue and mould spores from the ceiling and support structures within two weeks.

Case Study: Using Dry Ice Blasting to Clean the Canadian Plaza Canopy in Niagara

On the Canadian side of the Peace Bridge, visitors are greeted by the Canadian Plaza, which consists of a main administration building for processing arrivals. Wickens used dry ice blasting to clean the wooden structure without disrupting the high volumes of visitor traffic.

Case Study: Mould Removal from Hamilton Townhouses

The Municipality of Hamilton, Ontario faced a nightmare situation when mould was found in the attics of 90 residential townhouses. Wickens completed the three-month mould remediation project on time, under budget, and with very little disruption to the tenants.

Case Study: Removing Asbestos from an Office Building

A three-story office building in South Western Ontario had areas of exposed brick on all levels that had been painted with asbestos-containing paint. With extensive experience, specialized processes, and trained technicians, Wickens Dry Ice Blasting was able to safely and quickly remove the asbestos.

Case Study: Saving a Building Project from Mould

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Case Study: Removing Lead Paint from a Historic Lighthouse in Niagara

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