Petrochemical/Chemical Processing - BriskHeat

Petrochemical/Chemical Processing

Petrochemical/Chemical Processing

Petrochemical/Chemical Processing companies must often lower the viscosity of chemicals to enhance flow efficiency. Common products to solve viscosity issues include BriskHeat’s heating cable, IBC/tote tank heaters, drum heaters, and silicone rubber heating blankets. Constant-wattage heating cable is especially popular to keep chemicals at elevated temperatures, sometimes several hundred degrees, when transporting them through pipes. Constant-wattage heating cable is easy-to-install, has circuit lengths up to 1,200 feet (366m), is rated for hazardous areas, and is affordable. Additionally, there are often freeze protection issues which vary by facility, requiring BriskHeat’s self-regulating heating cable or silicone rubber heating blankets.

Applications


Petrochemical Viscosity Control

Petrochemicals are chemical products derived from petroleum sources. Some of these chemicals are obtained from resources such as coal, natural gas, corn or even sugar cane.

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Catalyst / Stabilizer Viscosity Control

Catalysts and stabilizers thicken when stored in 55-gallon (208 Liter) drums at room temperature, making the fluids difficult to extract from the drum. 

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Liquid Caustic Soda Temperature Maintenance

Liquid caustic soda, also called sodium hydroxide or lye, is a highly corrosive material used as a catalyst or cleaner in many industries such as petroleum refining, textiles, pulp and paper, and chemical processing.

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Drum, Pail, and Tank Viscosity Control

There are several types of viscous materials like grease, wax, and honey that are stored in drums and pails. These types of materials are thick at room temperature, making flow difficult during pouring, dipping, pumping, coating or mixing operations. Use BriskHeat Drum and Pail Heaters to help reduce the viscosity levels in containers.

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Freeze Protection for Control Panels

Electronic components inside control panels and monitoring devices need protected from cold temperatures. Control panels are often located outdoors and if exposed to sub freezing temperatures, components could fail to operate properly and potentially become permanently damaged.

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IBC / TOTE Warming

Users of Intermediate Bulk Containers (IBC) often need to raise the temperature to reduce viscosity or protect the contents from the cold. Maintaining an elevated temperature ensures materials remain ready for production and easy to dispense.

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Roof & Gutter Ice Dam Prevention

During cold winter months ice dams form on the edge of rooftops and cause significant roof damage along with safety hazards from falling ice. 

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Scientific Analytical Instrumentation

In many Research & Development and Laboratory applications, surface heat is required to successfully conduct experiments and tests. The heat may be required for a number of reasons.

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Emergency De-icing and Freeze Protection

The cold weather can wreak havoc on exposed valves, pumps, pipes, bearings, filter housing, and other industrial objects. When these parts freeze, they typically become unusable, and in extreme conditions damaged. 

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Preheating and Welding Steel

When TIG welding thick steel materials, cracking and weld failures can occur due to the extreme thermal stresses imposed by rapid cooling at the weld point. Preheating prior to welding is done to slow the cooling process and reduce the potential for weld failure.

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