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Save Money By Generating Your Own Nitrogen With ExogasTM Atmosphere Generators
This 30 minute webinar will take a deep dive into how you can save thousands of dollars (even as much as $100,000) by generating your own nitrogen instead of continually buying bulk nitrogen. The webinar examines the inherent advantages of exothermic generators and provides a Pay Back Calculator for you to estimate how many months it will take to recoup the investment in a new generator.
Exothermal Atmosphere Generators for Annealing, Brazing, Normalizing, Drawing & Tempering
SECO/WARWICK Corporation's ExogasTM indirect-chilled atmosphere generators produce low cost exothermic gas for surface treatment applications, eliminating the need to purchase Nitrogen from an outside source and ensuring rapid ROI.
The generator burns fuel gas and air under controlled conditions to provide an exothermic gas containing primarily nitrogen, carbon dioxide, hydrogen and carbon monoxide. It practically operates itself with minimal supervision, producing a protective atmosphere which can be used for many processes including annealing, brazing, normalizing, drawing and tempering.
Features and benefits include:
How It Works
Combustion air is furnished by a positive displacement air pump drawing air through a filter. The air flows through a manual air valve and a flowmeter to the burner.
Fuel gas flows through a safety valve, a ratio regulator, manual shutoff valve and a flowmeter before entering the burner. The air and gas mixture is ignited at the burner face and is passed through the combustion chamber.
The processed gas leaving the combustion chamber is quickly cooled by a water cooled shell and tube gas cooler.
A water separator then removes additional water vapor so that the final processed atmosphere has a dew point corresponding with a temperature of about 10ºF (5.6ºC) above the inlet temperature of the cooling water.
Automatic Ratio Control – Pressure regulators automatically adjust the input of fuel gas and air so that the air-gas ratio remains constant, regardless of changes in the rate of flow.
Adjustable Gas Analysis (Optional) – The output of gas can be adjusted to the desired analysis by varying the input air-gas ratios, which are then automatically maintained. Actual output gas must be routinely verified.
Flexibility – Exothermic atmospheres can be produced from any fuel such as coke-oven, natural gas, propane or butane. The generator can easily be converted from one gas to another by simply substituting the correct burner and flowmeters.
Automatic Fire Check – The automatic fire check gives positive protection from backfiring. It meets all safety requirements and is offered on premix units only.
Easy Installation – Atmosphere generators are shipped fully assembled and ready for immediate connection to gas, power and water supply lines.
Low Maintenance – Fewer components mean fewer moving parts and easy accessibility so that maintenance is kept to a minimum.
Continuous Operation – The beauty of Exogas generators is that they require few shutdowns for daily inspection. All components are designed to assure maximum performance and efficiency.
Safety Features – Safety equipment is included on Exogas to shut off the raw gas supply and stop the gas pump motor in the event of either gas pressure or power failure. The unit will shutdown if flames are detected. All SECO/WARWICK equipment adheres to the latest NFPA standards for industrial furnaces and equipment.
Generator Control Options
Construction Features All components of Exogas atmosphere generators are designed to assure maximum performance and efficiency. Compare the features of these components which are built into our equipment.
Combustion Chamber The Exogas generator combustion chamber consists of a shell fabricated of heavy sheet steel with a removable gasketed cover is bolted on at both ends. The inner lining of the combustion chamber consists of the best quality, iron-free, high temperature refractory. The combustion chamber is filled with a catalyst (rich only) especially developed to promote rapid reaction of the air-gas mixture and to break down the more complicated hydrocarbon components. Uniformity of gas composition is assured by the construction of the combustion chamber that prevents channeling of gases as they pass through the combustion chamber. This also assures thorough mixing and complete reaction of the gases. A port for observation of the combustion chamber is also provided. The combustion chambers of all lean units are water cooled. The combustion chambers of rich units are water cooled except the 250, 500 and 1000 cfh (7, 14, 28 cmh) sizes.
Automatic Ratio Control Provision is made for automatically maintaining the airgas ratio at any set value within the minimum and maximum output capacity of the gas generator. This is accomplished by means of sensitive pressure regulators that keep the ratio of air flow to gas flow at a fixed value even when the total output is widely varied. This control is accurate, has no moving parts to require attention, and is not affected by dust particles or other impurities in the air and gas. Ratios can be adjusted or changed if desired while the unit is in operation. A combustible controller for critical atmosphere applications can be supplied at nominal additional cost.
Cooler A shell and tube type gas cooler is provided to cool the processed gas. The removable tube bundle type cooler is furnished as standard.
Combustion System Two flowmeters, mounted on the side of the combustion chamber, indicate the flow of air and gas input to the generator. All rich units plus the 250, 500 and 1000 cfh (7, 14, 28 cmh) lean units use a premix type burner with refractory burner block and spark ignited pilot. A three-way, two port valve is installed in the mixture line to the burner so that the air-gas mixture may be diverted to the outside vent while the pilot burner is being adjusted. The premix units include an approved automatic type fire check assuring positive protection against possible backfiring and meets all safety requirements of the NFPA. The burner on lean units larger than 1000 cfh (28 cmh) is a nozzle mix type with refractory burner block and spark ignited pilot.
Pump The mixing pump on the premix unit is a positive displacement type and is designed so that its lubrication cannot mix with the air and gas stream. The air pump on the nozzle mix systems is a positive displacement type also. In both cases the pump is equipped with a bypass regulator which maintains constant pressure at any output, pressure being adjustable from 1 to a maximum of 3 psi (52 to 155 mm Hg). The pump is mounted on a base plate which also supports a standard open drip proof type motor. Nozzle mix units require a fuel gas pressure of 3 psi (15 mm Hg). Smaller units utilizing the premix design require fuel gas pressure from .1 to 1 psi (5 to 52 mm Hg). Gas pressures higher than stated will require service regulators while gas pressures lower than stated will require the addition of a gas booster.
Safety Equipment Safety equipment is included to shut off the raw gas supply in event of gas pressure or power failure; stop gas pump motor if gas pressure or power fails, or stop unit if flame failure occurs.
Process and Gas Cost An exothermic atmosphere is produced at a low cost from any regular fuel gas. Call SECO/WARWICK for a production cost estimate using your current utility prices.
Rich Exothermic Atmosphere: When fuel gas is mixed properly with air, it may be burned under controlled conditions to form CO2, CO, H2 and H2O with N2. If combustion is carried out under a slight deficiency of air, no oxygen will be present in the resultant atmosphere.
In the rich Exogas generator, sufficient heat is generated to form these reducing gases without adding external heat, but the heat generated is considerably less than for the lean exothermic atmosphere.
For this reason, the rich Exogas generator is not self-starting, but must first be thoroughly heated by operation at a lean air-gas ratio. After the unit is heated, the mixture may be enriched to produce a rich Exogas atmosphere. The following reaction is typical (for a 5.7 to 1 air-gas ratio using methane as the fuel gas): CH4 + 1.2O2 + 4.5N2 ----> 1/3CO2 + 2/3CO + H2 + H2O + 4.5N2
Lean Exothermic Atmosphere: The chemical reaction is similar to that for rich exothermic atmospheres except that leaner air-gas ratios are used and the products of combustion contain only very small quantities of hydrogen and carbon monoxide.
This reaction corresponds to an operation ratio near the line representing complete combustion. CH4 + 2O2 + 7.52N2 ----> CO2 + 2H2O + 7.52 N2