Heat Transfer Fluid for Marine Applications

Heat transfer fluid for marine applications

Why use a thermal fluid in marine applications?

Thermal fluids find the most diverse applications in ships, from maintaining the temperature of heavy fuel oils and heating liquid cargo to providing a variety of heating services in the engine room and accommodation areas.

Oil-based heat transfer systems have replaced traditional steam or water-based ones, since they operate at a much lower pressure, minimising safety hazards. They also offer higher efficiency, virtually eliminating corrosion and freezing problems, and reduce maintenance and installation costs. These characteristics make them suitable for smaller vessels as well as large ships.

Global Heat Transfer is a key supplier supporting the rapid growth of thermal fluid use in marine applications worldwide and has the capacity to deliver high volumes of thermal fluid at short notice.

What should I look for in heat transfer fluids for marine applications?

Marine applications need heat transfer fluids that can perform at the required temperatures for prolonged periods. All heat transfer oils tend to degrade over time, and the rate of degradation increases when the operational temperature exceeds that of the oil’s recommended use.

At high temperatures, the bonds between hydrocarbon chains start to break. The result is the production of carbon in a process called fouling. As the carbon concentration in the fluid increases, it deposits as a sludge into the pipes, reducing the efficiency of the heat transfer system. If action is not taken, this sludge can obstruct the pipes and lead to serious safety hazards.

It’s important to choose a thermal fluid with a high thermal stability, which can better resist high temperatures and occasional temperature peaks. This can slow down degradation, preventing the formation of sludge.

Degradation also contributes in reducing the fluid’s flash point, which is the temperature at which the vapours produced by a fluid will ignite in the presence of an ignition source. When an HTF degrades, its molecules decompose to low boiling fractions known as light ends, resulting in reduced flash and fire points.

As a consequence, it’s important to choose a heat transfer fluid with a high flash point, as in hard-to-monitor applications such as large vessels, it’s essential to minimise the risk of fire.

Globaltherm® M

Globaltherm® M is ideal for marine applications. It operates at temperatures between -10°C and 320°C and has excellent thermal and oxidation stability, ensuring consistent operation at high temperatures for extended periods.

Globaltherm® MXT

Globaltherm® MXT is another great choice for marine applications. It operates at temperatures between -7°C and 320°C and contains a highly resilient blend of additives that make it resistant to sludging.

How do I maintain my thermal fluid from a remote location at sea?

By monitoring heat transfer fluids regularly, it is possible to slow down degradation and oxidation, keeping marine applications running efficiently and cost-effectively. Ideally, any vessel using heat transfer fluids should operate using a proactive maintenance plan such as Global Heat Transfer’s Thermocare, that encompasses regular system analysis, fluid top-up and careful flashpoint and fouling management.

Additionally, the Heat Transfer Fluid Sample Kit can be very useful for vessels in remote locations at sea, which might be hard to reach for a maintenance engineer. The kit provides everything you need to draw a live, hot representative fluid sample in preparation for accurate analysis, including labelled containers to return the fluid to our lab. After the analysis, a member of our technical team will contact you to discuss the results and advise you on the next steps. The Heat Transfer Sample Kit can be supplied as part of your Thermocare program.

Which regulations should I be aware of?

The DSEAR and ATEX regulations are concerned with protecting workers against risks from fire, explosion and similar events arising from dangerous substances present in the workplace, including thermal fluids.  These regulations apply to every industry that uses heat transfer systems, and employers in the marine industry must also adhere to them.

At Global Heat Transfer, we take regulatory compliance seriously. We always aim to ensure that our team and our customers are aware of and comply with relevant laws, and regularly research and analyse specification, policy, standard and law in relation to thermal fluid and thermal fluid management.

Have you got more questions about heat transfer fluids for marine applications?

Give us a call for more personalised advice on +44 (0)1785 760 555 or you can visit our contact page to make an enquiry.

Product Operating Temperature Bulk 1000 Litres IBC 208 Litre Barrel
Globaltherm® M -10°C  to 320°C
(14°F to 608°F)
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Globaltherm® M Heat Transfer Fluid for Marine Applications

Globaltherm® M is a high performing energy efficient heat transfer fluid for use in heat transfer systems which require consistent operating temperatures.

Globaltherm® M for high performing heat transfer systems requiring continuous service

Globaltherm® M is made from highly refined mineral base stocks

Globaltherm® M thermal fluid has excellent thermal and oxidation stability ensuring consistent operation at high temperatures for extended periods

Globaltherm® M provides low vapour pressures at elevated temperatures

Globaltherm® M ensures greatly reduced evaporation

Globaltherm® M ensures vapour lock and cavitation and eliminates the need for high pressure piping and equipment in heat transfer systems

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