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WHY IS RUBBER AN EXCELLENT CHOICE FOR ACID TANK LINING?

WHY IS RUBBER AN EXCELLENT CHOICE FOR ACID TANK LINING?
13/03/2017

Businesses all over the country have called on us when they need help with acid tank lining. We can provide an array of services to help them protect the tanks and increase their life spans, providing great value for money and boosting safety. The flexible linings that we make use of creates a barrier that lies between the surface of the acid tank and the corrosive chemicals within.

Hydrochloric acid is both a strong and very corrosive substance. This means great care must be taken when storing it. Rubber linings have been widely utilised for containment purposes. The acid reacts with the rubber hydrocarbon so that the surface can be chlorinated, resulting in a toughened membrane.

With concentrated hydrochloric acids, roughly three months is all it takes for rubber crust formations to be in the range of 1/64 thickness in depth. The crusting action makes rubber an outstanding option for acid tank lining.

When surface stress cracks begin to formulate, the acid achieves the feat of penetrating the rubber, which in turn forms a new surface crust. This cycle carries on until absolute lining failure occurs. Depending on environmental conditions, vessel stresses and lining durometer selection, the lining’s service performance typically lasts from 7 to 24+ years.

One observation has concluded that the rubber lining life can actually be improved upon by paining the tank exterior white to reflect sun rays. Studies in California found that temperatures were 40 degrees to 60 degrees Fahrenheit lower in white painted tanks compared to black coloured ones. A lower temperature helps to boost the lifecycle of the rubber.

At Nationwide Water Solutions we can provide you with Butyl rubber lining for acid tanks of various sizes. Linings do have a limited lifespan just like anything else, but simply replacing them when they have been worn out is far cheaper than it would be to renew the tank and its connections.

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