Air-Cooled Condensers: Effective Cleaning and Leak Detection – Combined Cycle Journal

Air-Cooled Condensers: Effective Cleaning and Leak Detection

Presenter: Gary Fischer, BS, MBA of Conco Services Corporation, 412-828-1166,

About the Presenter

Gary Fischer is the National Sales Manager for Conco Services Corporation in Verona, Pennsylvania. Gary oversees the national sales team at Conco, and he continues to play an active role in the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). Most recently, Gary has begun to serve as Chairman of the ASME Heat Exchanger Committee. Gary received his Bachelor of Science degree in engineering from the University of Pittsburgh in 1977, and went on to earn a Master of Business Administration from the University of Pittsburgh in 1986.

Presentation Overview

All condensers will foul, causing a combination of heat transfer and efficiency issues and other potential problems to different equipment within the plant. However, Air Cooled Condensers pose significant challenges that differ from the typical Steam Surface Condenser found in Power Plants.

This webinar will focus on the cleaning and leak problems that commonly occur on ACC units and how end users can minimize downtime and improve plant efficiency by maintaining the effectiveness of their ACC unit. We will discuss cleaning technologies, the effectiveness of the cleaning process, the time required to perform the task and the frequency these tasks need to occur. We will also examine leak detection and the methods used to find the troublesome leaks in the miles of piping in the ACC unit.

This webinar is geared toward the engineers and maintenance personnel that are new to ACC configurations, those that work with ACC units but have cleaning and leak issues right now and those plants that are considering or having an ACC unit built on site now or soon.

Presentation Takeaways

  • Discussion of Cleaning and Leak Detection
  • Cleaning technologies
  • Effectiveness of the cleaning process
  • Leak discovery methodology
  • Improvement of plant efficiency and time management


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