Monday, December 2, 2013
Nitrogen Gas Use in the Aerospace Industry
In the aerospace industry, nitrogen gas can be used to pressurize certain components of industrial autoclaves. Because nitrogen is an inert gas which prevents the possibility of combustion, it is an ideal choice for systems that operate under high temperatures or high pressure.
See: Nitrogen Gas and Aerospace Manufacturing
Autoclaves apply heat and pressure to the workload placed inside of them. There are two common types of autoclaves: ones that utilize steam and ones that utilize heated gas. For workloads that can be exposed to moisture, steam is usually an acceptable choice. However, for workloads that require a dry atmosphere, gas is the optimal choice. Furthermore, applying gas to the pressurization of the autoclave ensures greater control and regulation of the heating atmosphere.
With gas pressurization in industrial autoclaves, nitrogen provides a more versatile operation by eliminating the presence of air, moisture and other contaminants. Because nitrogen is non-combustible, it provides a safe alternative to compressed air.
Nitrogen can also be used in ejector pumps when processing aerospace parts in autoclaves. Nitrogen can be introduced to remove nearly all of the air in a safe and effective manner. Because safety is a great concern during the manufacturing and processing of autoclave curing, nitrogen is a popular choice due to its inert properties.
Nitrogen can also be a cost-effective solution for large and expensive workloads. Because nitrogen is readily available, even possible to generate from the surrounding air we breathe, it's an accessible gas to use for large-scale projects.
To learn about how nitrogen gas can benefit aerospace industrial manufacturing as well as other industrial and commercial applications, visit the South-Tek Systems' nitrogen gas applications or call 888-526-6284.