Cleaning and abrasive blasting play crucial roles in the chemical industry, ensuring equipment, surfaces, and structures are free from contaminants, corrosion, and other unwanted materials. The specific requirements for cleaning and abrasive blasting in the chemical industry depend on the nature of the equipment and materials involved. The method utilized must ensure that the materials used are compatible with the materials used in the chemical processes. Some materials may be sensitive to certain cleaning agents or abrasive materials.
Typical applications employed in the chemical industry include:
- Abrasive blasting systems can remove rust, scale, old coatings, and other contaminants from surfaces, creating a clean and roughened profile for coatings to adhere
- Soda blasting or dry ice blasting can remove undesired contaminants from components that have sensitive substrates that would be detrimentally affected by abrasive blasting
- Glass bead blasting can be used to refurbish components such as valves and regulators where angular abrasives are prohibited
- Specific cleaning systems can be used based on the specific contaminants to be removed and the material compatibility of the equipment. Common cleaning agents include solvents, detergents, and specialized chemical cleaners
By carefully considering the various substrate materials, the chemical industry can effectively implement cleaning and abrasive blasting practices to maintain equipment integrity, ensure safety, and comply with industry standards and regulations.