SPECIAL ALLOY | Even stainless steel AISI 316 is not resistant to the yellow-green, very aggressive chlorine gas (Cl2) that is used for the production of titanium dioxide (TiO2). The installation components must therefore be manufactured from an even higher quality material. This also applies to the high-end, flameproof H-AR350 drop-through rotary valve from TBMA in the process. It is made from a very special alloy of (among others) nickel, chrome, molybdenum and niobium. This material has excellent resistance to various corrosive media – including chlorine gas – and is resistant to high pressure.
PRESSURE CHAMBER | The chlorine gas is not only aggressive but also extremely poisonous. A leak in the process would be life-threatening for the operators. The valve is therefore fitted with extra lantern covers. These enclose the basic covers including bearings, special shaft seals and the coupling on the drive side. The process pressure in the production line is above 2 barg. By applying a pressure within the lantern covers that is more than twice as high, a pressure chamber is created, as it were. In case the seals of the rotor start to leak, the overpressure ensures that no chlorine gas can leak out from the valve.
CRITICAL PROCESSES | The special-duty H-AR drop-through valve is also suitable for all critical processes involving toxic gases and high process pressures. The first valves in this version have been operating satisfactorily for twenty years. In recent years, the customer, a major producer in the chemical industry, has ordered the same version a number of times.
CUSTOMISATION | TBMA does not shy away from customisation if required by the application and/or production process. The chlorine-resistant drop-through rotary valve is a good example of TBMA’s expertise, bringing together more than half a century of experience in bulk material technology, process engineering and the design and construction of rotary valves.