Application Of Oxygen In Chemical Manufacturing Plants

Oxygen can be used for several applications, even in its purest form, including titanium dioxide and ethylene oxide. At times, it is also used for increasing the production capacity of oxidation processes. Some of the processes which require oxygen are direct oxygen injection, oxygen-enhanced combustion and VOC treatment and recovery. 

A reliable oxygen gas cylinder can readily reduce the emissions and also assist in saving fuel while manufacturing any chemical. By adding just a little bit of oxygen to the combustion process, the productivity of a chemical process heater can be increased significantly. This also works towards saving fuel, without having to increase NOx emissions. Through research, scientists have found that oxygen can be used in numerous combustion applications even at industrial levels. Also, it is a cost-effective solution and does not affect the environment in a negative manner, therefore it can be used by specialists, in budget. Again, it can be used for all chemicals to match their manufacturing goals. Oxygen-enhanced combustion is a process which has been used in a variety of process heaters, be it petroleum liquid heater or steam-methane reformer. 

With gas cylinder oxygen, you can readily introduce a low cost solution in your business as it allows one to increase their chemical manufacturing flexibility. It also reduces the harmful emissions since oxygen is directly injected into reactors. Since, oxygen is supplied where it is needed; it increases productivity and at the same time reduces the formation of by-products. These by-products are generally formed in the areas of the reactor where there is a lack of oxygen for the creation of the final product. Some of the chemical manufacturing processes which require injection of oxygen are caprolactam, maleic anhydride, nitric acid and acrylonitrile. Not only does direct injection increase the uniform distribution of oxygen, but also supports oxygen mass transfer, which significantly increases chemical manufacturing productivity with air enrichment. 

Some of the oxygen based technologies rely on factors of spent acid recovery plants are: 

• Design and structure of down-streaming equipment

• Composition of fuel used

• Spent acid

By adding oxygen-enhanced combustion to the process, which already has air-fuel heating process, the heat release patterns receive support. And this in turn results in uniform distribution of temperature along with more chemicals and longer run lengths. Oxygen also assists in overcoming the restrictions on the productivity of the heater, which is caused owing to the flow rate of exhaust and capacity limitations of the fuel system. With this low-cost technology, introduction of oxygen assists in increasing the quantity of carbon monoxide or hydrogen, which are created in a steam methane reformer.