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An explosive atmosphere is defined by a mixture of air and flammable gases, vapors, mists or dusts. In such applications, even a small spark or a hot surface can lead to a fatal explosion. Valves used in potentially explosive atmospheres require approval for intended use in accordance with ATEX Directive 2014/34/EU.
Due to fluctuating fluid levels in a tank, the combination with the penetrating atmospheric oxygen can lead to undesirable reactions with the stored product, such as the formation of a toxic, explosive or corrosive mixture or microbiological contamination. Tank blanketing protects the tank contents by overlaying an inert barrier agent (e.g. nitrogen) in the headspace of the tank.