Tank blanketing with nitrogen is a very relevant topic because industrial nitrogen is the most commonly used inert gas. Other possible and frequently used gases are for ex. carbon dioxide or noble gases such as argon. Nitrogen is filled into a tank as an inert gas to displace existing oxygen and to thus prevent, besides other things, unwanted oxidation. Even though industrial nitrogen is cheaper than argon, it is still an expensive material in general. Therefore, the pressure range as well as the constant regulation of the gas are important parameters in any tank farm that works with fixed tank roofs. The floating roof storage tanks, on the other hand, have different requirements.
Excessive overpressure in the tank leads to the evacuation of the expensive inerting gas which will then escape into the atmosphere, because pressure compensation is imperative. As a result, small amounts of the expensive gas keep evaporating. Incidentally, a pressure gauge connection in the valve can also cause the expensive gas to evaporate unintentionally.
If this happens regularly or constantly, even very small evaporating quantities will have a negative effect. After all, 50 litres of industrial nitrogen cost an average of 35-45 euros! Even those who have a nitrogen generator do not want to waste the expensive gas and discharge it into the environment.
By using pressure control valves to control the inert gas pressure in a tank within a well-defined framework, many tank farms use a simply outlined principle:
Small set pressure ⇒ low nitrogen flow ⇒ reduced loss of the expensive gas but the protective function is simultaneously maintained!
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Our tank blanketing product portfolio has a working pressure range from 0.002 up to 0.52 bar.
Our control deviation amounts to marginally 10 %.