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Atmosphere Control - Purging, Blanketing, Shielding

Industrial gases can be used to prevent reactions that are detrimental to the glass forming process. For example, inerting the tin bath during float glass manufacturing with nitrogen/hydrogen blends can help prevent the formation of glass defects and protect the chambers/equipment in which the glass is formed. Our glass specialists can help with equipment and engineering design services from preliminary design through ongoing operations.

Other Applications

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Gases

Argon

Since argon is completely inert and easily ionised, it can be used as the primary plasma gas or as a secondary gas with nitrogen to increase its energy. It can also be used as a powder carrier gas for a completely inert environment.

Since argon is completely inert and easily ionised, it can be used as the primary plasma gas or as a secondary gas with nitrogen to increase its energy. It can also be used as a powder carrier gas for a completely inert environment.

Helium

Helium is used to flood the surface of glass to impact characteristics. After fibre-optic glass is drawn into fine strands, it is shielded with helium while the cladding is applied in order to prevent the newly formed glass surface from reacting with the contaminants present in ambient air.

Helium is used to flood the surface of glass to impact characteristics. After fibre-optic glass is drawn into fine strands, it is shielded with helium while the cladding is applied in order to prevent the newly formed glass surface from reacting with the contaminants present in ambient air.

Hydrogen

Industrial gases can be used in the glass forming process to prevent detrimental reactions such as the formation of glass defects and help protect the chambers/equipment where glass is formed. In the tin bath of the float glass manufacturing process, inerting is achieved using blends of nitrogen and hydrogen to purge and capture any oxygen that is present above the bath.

Industrial gases can be used in the glass forming process to prevent detrimental reactions such as the formation of glass defects and help protect the chambers/equipment where glass is formed. In the tin bath of the float glass manufacturing process, inerting is achieved using blends of nitrogen and hydrogen to purge and capture any oxygen that is present above the bath.

Nitrogen

Industrial gases can be used in the glass forming process to prevent detrimental reactions such as the formation of glass defects and help protect the chambers/equipment where glass is formed. In the tin bath of the float glass manufacturing process, inerting is achieved using blends of nitrogen and hydrogen to purge and capture any oxygen that is present above the bath.

Industrial gases can be used in the glass forming process to prevent detrimental reactions such as the formation of glass defects and help protect the chambers/equipment where glass is formed. In the tin bath of the float glass manufacturing process, inerting is achieved using blends of nitrogen and hydrogen to purge and capture any oxygen that is present above the bath.

Flow Control Equipment

Air Products manufactures custom blending equipment to provide the safest, lowest cost operation.

Air Products manufactures custom blending equipment to provide the safest, lowest cost operation.

CFD Modelling

We have extensive in-house computational fluid dynamic (CFD) modelling service capabilities that can help when designing or investigating furnace performance. Our services have helped enable glassmakers to investigate and evaluate ways to increase productivity and cut costs without putting their production process at risk. Modelling studies provide quick, validated results along with recommendations for impacting atmosphere control systems.

We have extensive in-house computational fluid dynamic (CFD) modelling service capabilities that can help when designing or investigating furnace performance. Our services have helped enable glassmakers to investigate and evaluate ways to increase productivity and cut costs without putting their production process at risk. Modelling studies provide quick, validated results along with recommendations for impacting atmosphere control systems.

Engineering and Equipment Optimisation



Installation and Start-up Support

We can help provide multi-disciplinary support - a combination of expertise in applications process knowledge, applications technologies and equipment and instrumentation; conduct formal ORI - operational readiness inspection for safety and cleanliness prior to start-up; train your employees to operate and maintain new equipment safely and effectively.

We can help provide multi-disciplinary support - a combination of expertise in applications process knowledge, applications technologies and equipment and instrumentation; conduct formal ORI - operational readiness inspection for safety and cleanliness prior to start-up; train your employees to operate and maintain new equipment safely and effectively.

Ongoing Operations

Services include operations audits and process optimisation appraisals to help maximise operating performance and produce cost savings; technical support for equipment calibration, troubleshooting assistance, process analysis and testing; comprehensive gas delivery-system safety inspections and audits.

Services include operations audits and process optimisation appraisals to help maximise operating performance and produce cost savings; technical support for equipment calibration, troubleshooting assistance, process analysis and testing; comprehensive gas delivery-system safety inspections and audits.

Preliminary Design/Project Initiation

We can provide site-specific evaluation of operations and guidance through project decision-making; selection of technology solutions, specifications for equipment; assistance with safety compliance, reviews, inspections, training; development of control and interface strategies; and system integration to help create ideal configurations for cost and performance requirements.

We can provide site-specific evaluation of operations and guidance through project decision-making; selection of technology solutions, specifications for equipment; assistance with safety compliance, reviews, inspections, training; development of control and interface strategies; and system integration to help create ideal configurations for cost and performance requirements.

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