In its various incarnations, stainless steel often seems like an industrial standard for pumps and various other applications. The exact grade of stainless steel may vary, and end users may find themselves combining it with various polymers and other exotic materials, but stainless steel is the standard — right? Well, not exactly. For many applications, ceramic makes much more sense. Why? There are multiple reasons.
Steel isn’t ever just steel. Because it’s an alloy, different types of metallic compositions can lead to different types of steel. However, the most common type is 304 stainless steel.
Containing approximately 18% to 20% chromium and 8% to 10.5% nickel, 304 stainless steel offers all of the attributes you’d expect. Ease of fabrication. A wide variety of electrical, chemical storage, furnishing, and piping applications (just to name a few). Read More about Advantages of 316 Stainless Steel over 304 Stainless Steel »
The dictionary definition of a pump makes it sound like a relatively simple instrument. For instance, Merriam-Webster states that a pump is “a device that raises, transfers, deliver, or compresses fluids or that attenuates gases especially by suction or pressure or both.” But dealing with industrial pump applications where the materials involved can be exotic or hazardous leads to numerous complications, complications where technical expertise becomes paramount. Read More about Flange Versus Threaded Connections »
What is a multistage pump?
Multistage pumps are centrifugal pumps in which the fluid flows through several impellers fitted in series. This is as opposed to a single stage pump which only has one impeller. The more stages the pump has, the higher the final discharge pressure.
Multistage chemical pumps are unique in that they are able to produce increasingly higher pressures with the addition of every stage while the flow range always remains constant for a given rpm. Read More about Multistage Chemical Pumps 101 »
316 stainless steel is built to last—it can pump toxic and corrosive chemicals just as well as it can work with water and wort. 316 stainless steel is known for it for its strength and durability across a wide-range of chemical pumps.
Ferric Chloride, also known as Iron (III) Chloride, or Iron Trichloride among other names, is a chemical compound with the formula FeCl3. When dissolved in water, Ferric Chloride undergoes hydrolysis and produces heat in an exothermic reaction. The result is a brown, corrosive, and acidic solution. In 2010, about 2 million metric tons of Ferric Chloride were produced worldwide, with a yearly growth forecast of almost 3 percent. Wastewater applications and potable water treatment are the single largest consumers of Ferric Chloride worldwide, representing about 80% of the market, followed by use as an etching medium in producing printed circuit boards. Read More about Ferric Chloride Chemical Industrial Pumps and Its Applications »
Hydrofluorosilicic acid is a colorless liquid and inorganic compound that is rarely found undiluted. It has a pungent smell and a characteristic sour taste. Hydrofluorosilicic acid in its concentrated form is toxic and corrosive. It is mainly produced as a precursor to synthetic cryolite and aluminum trifluoride. It is also commonly used in water treatment to maintain the fluoride level in water. Read More about Hydrofluorosilicic Acid Chemical Industrial Pumps and Its Applications »
Hydrochloric acid is an extremely pungent solution of hydrogen chloride in water. It is a clear and colorless inorganic acid with a wide range of applications in different industries. It is naturally available in gastric acid. Historically it was called spirits of salt, muriatic acid, and acidum salis because it was made from green vitriol and rock salt and later from sulfuric acid and common salt. Read More about Selecting a Chemical Industrial Pump for Hydrochloric Acid »
Formaldehyde, also known by its systematic name methanal, is a colorless organic compound with the chemical formula CH2O. It is a widespread precursor to other chemical compounds and materials. The worldwide annual production capacity for formaldehyde is estimated to be close to 10 million tons. In 2003, the value of purchased formaldehyde and its derivatives was over 145 billion USD. In the U.S. and Canada alone, over 4 million people work in the formaldehyde industry. Read More about How to Select an Industrial Formaldehyde Chemical Pump »
Acetic acid, also known as ethanoic acid, is a colorless organic chemical compound with the chemical formula CH3COOH, commonly known for the sour taste and pungent smell it gives to vinegar.
The world annual demand of acetic acid is around 6.5 metric tons, which is used in the production of synthetic materials, in waste water treatment and the production of organic compounds to name a few. Read More about Acetic Acid Chemical Industrial Pumps and Its Applications »