06348102 is referenced by 1 patents.

Apparatus including an elongate pipe (

1

) for use in the transfer of fluids susceptible to form deposits on cooling such as wax deposits in oil, and a container (

12

) having a reusable heat source including a supercooled solution, e.g., of aqueous sodium acetate. The container (

12

) is in heat conducting contact with a surface of the pipe (

1

), preferably on at least one surface of the container. The deposit may be removed from inside the pipe (

1

) by locating in heat conducting relation to the pipe a reusable heat source including a supercooled solution, and activating crystallization in the solution liberating heat which causes at least some of the deposit to melt and/or dissolve.

Title
Apparatus and method for removing and preventing deposits
Application Number
9/732784
Publication Number
6348102 (B2)
Application Date
March 12, 2001
Publication Date
February 19, 2002
Inventor
David George Clarke
Houston
TX, US
Agent
Nixon & Vanderhye
US
Assignee
BP Exploration and Oil
IL, US
IPC
B08B 3/04
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