Failure Analysis

Now more than ever, Operators are under continued pressure to optimise the performance of their essential equipment to maximise productivity and reduce maintenance downtime. Preventative maintenance is essential to make sure your equipment performs at its best to improve integrity, safeguard operational efficiency and mitigate the need for a major shutdown.

However, failures do still occur and Glacier Energy’s subject matter experts provide key insight into the workings of the heat exchanger to ensure we get to the root of the problem and find a solution that can restore the asset to optimal working condition.​

Examples of these failures, include: fatigue cracking; stress corrosion cracking; fouling; freezing; mechanical fatigue due to vibrations; welding problems; corrosion due to tube sheet crevices; thermal fatigue; erosion; liquid drop-out change in operating conditions; lack of maintenance and more.

Our Approach

At Glacier Energy, we offer a full turnkey service comprising the design, manufacture, repair and maintenance of heat exchangers including full failure analysis to help restore assets to optimal working condition, saving significant time and money. Over the years, we have bolstered our expertise with the acquisition of several leading and specialist brands including Ross Offshore, MSL Heat Transfer and Aberdeen Radiators, further strengthening our heat exchanger capability.


With over 30 years’ experience, our in-house engineering teams can upgrade any type of heat exchanger that is inefficient, but still in operation. Our experts can carry out various types of analysis and interpret data to understand the root cause of the problem.


The causes are ascertained and assessed to understand the exact nature of the problem. Replacement is not always necessary, and our experts will offer the most effective remedial solution.


Through our ability to reverse engineer and re-manufacture parts, we can help clients save significant costs by extending the life of the asset and ensuring there is no need for any major shutdown.

We can also carry out health checks of your equipment to improve performance, reliability, energy efficiency and prevent unplanned downtime, giving our clients complete peace of mind.


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