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N2 for The Security Blanket of the Chemical Industry

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Nitrogen: The Security Blanket of the Chemical Industry

Nitrogen Use in Chemical Blanketing

Chemical blanketing, or "tank padding," is a very simple process of applying nitrogen to an empty vapour space inside a container or vessel in order to control the composition of a specific chemical. This prevents a chemical reaction with oxygen molecules. 

Nitrogen (N2) is used during production, storage, transportation, and final packaging, and can be used in a wide variety of container sizes, ranging from a small bottle to a million-gallon tank. 

But why use nitrogen specifically? 



✅ Simple: it’s an inert gas, meaning that it’s non-combustible and will help prevent fires and explosions. Additionally, nitrogen helps to displace oxygen, thus preserving the integrity of products that otherwise would degrade in oxygen’s presence. In this sense, nitrogen is a buffer protecting the products on the inside of the tank. For these reasons, N2 is considered as the security blanket of the chemical industry.

Industries such as refineries, pharmaceutical companies, and petrochemical companies use nitrogen in chemical blanketing to ensure a quality product, mitigate potential safety issues and one stop service on-site. If you feel that your business can benefit from nitrogen generated on-site, reach out to the experts at Atlas Copco. We’re standing by to help!