Linde Inerting Systems for the Chemical Industry
Product Announcement from Linde North America, Inc.
In many processes in the chemical industry, it is necessary to:
- →→ eliminate undesired reactions
- →→ keep moisture away from products
- →→ ensure safety when maintenance is being performed
- →→ prevent explosions
These goals cannot always be achieved through technology and
equipment design alone, and so inert gases and the special apparatus
needed for their use often come into play.
Key goals include holdingdown the level of oxygen and preventing oxygen and/or moisture from coming into contact with reactive or adsorptive products. The principal
technique for these purposes is inerting (inert-gas blanketing) with
nitrogen, less frequently with carbon dioxide or in exceptional cases
with argon. Discover the benefits of Linde's approach through this white paper.
The most common function of the inert gas is to displace air,
which contains oxygen and often moisture as well, or to keep air away
from products. Air displacement can be partial or complete.
There are many situations in which inerting is the only way to meet
safety standards in processing and maintenance. In other cases, inerting
is used to maintain and improve product quality. Fields that make use
of inerting include refining, basic chemistry, petrochemistry and the
manufacture of speciality and fine chemicals.