Chemical Compatibility with pressure vessels

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Chemical Compatibility with pressure vessels

Stainless steel pressure vessels are widely used in various industries due to their ability to withstand high pressure and temperature. However, when choosing a stainless steel pressure vessel for a specific application, it is important to consider its compatibility with the materials it will come in contact with.

Stainless steel is generally compatible with most chemicals, but there are exceptions. Certain chemicals, such as hydrochloric acid, can cause pitting and corrosion in stainless steel pressure vessels. Therefore, it is important to select the appropriate type of stainless steel for the specific application.

Type 316 stainless steel is a popular choice for chemical compatibility with stainless steel pressure vessels. It contains molybdenum, which provides superior resistance to corrosion in harsh chemical environments. Type 316 stainless steel is commonly used in industries such as pharmaceuticals, petrochemicals, and food processing.

In addition to selecting the appropriate stainless steel type, it is crucial to properly maintain and clean the stainless steel pressure vessel to prevent corrosion. Regular inspection and cleaning can help prevent corrosion and ensure the longevity of the vessel.

Other factors such as pressure rating, temperature range, and design considerations should also be taken into account when selecting and using stainless steel pressure vessels. By carefully evaluating all of these factors and following proper maintenance and cleaning procedures, businesses can ensure safe and efficient operation of their stainless steel pressure vessels.

SR-TEK vessels are used in many applications accross a wide range of industries. Our equipment get in contact with all sorts of fluids and gases. As such we have developed a number of options to ensure best chemical compatbility between our vessels and the applications.

  • Stainless steel 304 and 316
  • EPDM, FKM, FFKM, PTFE seals and O-rings
  • Acrylic, Polycarbonate and toughened glass tubes
  • PTFE coating of stainless steel wetted parts
  • Chemical resistant liners
  • Ra0.8 mirror finish

We aim to offer the best choices to give you and your R&D teams the options you need to acheive your goals.