Oil contamination represents a major problem to many large industrial cooling water systems. Oil can act as a nutrient for biological fouling, causes more voluminous deposits by agglomerating suspended solids and can interfere with film formation of corrosion inhibitors, thereby increasing corrosion rates. Hydrocarbon dumps in oil refineries, lubricating oils in steel mills and other oil-based process leaks all contribute to the above-mentioned problems.
85-14: The Effects of Oil Contamination and Suspended Solids on Fouling and
Joseph S. Roti & Amato Spagnoletti, Drew Industrial Div.