In this industry, there’s nothing quite as dangerous as a poorly-manufactured pressure vessel. Historically, there have been a great many accidents resulting from poor care, poor maintenance or shoddy manufacturing of these structures.

 

Whenever you’re keeping a gas or liquid under a significantly higher pressure than that of the surrounding atmosphere, you’re asking for trouble if absolute care isn’t taken. As a leading pressure vessel manufacturer, we take this extremely seriously. Even with materials that aren’t in and of themselves toxic, harmful nor volatile, a rapid release of pressurized material can be fatal to bystanders and extremely damaging to any nearby structures.

 

Not only can the rapidly escaping material be harmful, but pieces of the vessel can become shrapnel and projectiles, doing further damage than even the escaping material itself. Like most leading vessel manufacturers, we believe in putting every design, production line and selection of vessels through a series of rigorous tests including nondestructive testing, ultrasonic testing and hydrostatic testing.

 

The Best Materials for the Job

 

We also understand that not all pressurized substances are the same. Under various pressures, various substances can behave very differently on a chemical level. Combine this with the fact that materials can be vastly different even at normal atmospheric pressure, and you have a complicated scenario when it comes to materials used in the manufacture of these vessels.

 

This means that you need to choose the appropriate vessel for the substances you wish to contain, as pressurized and highly corrosive substances may rapidly compromise, to a very dangerous level, inappropriate vessels not designed to withstand the corrosive nature of said substances.

 

Vessel manufacturers that are worth anything will go out of their way to recommend the appropriate pressure vessels for the substances you wish to contain, and at the levels of pressure with which you wish to contain them. This is very serious, as what may seem like a perfectly stable and well-engineered vessel may prove to be extremely weak and insufficient depending on level of pressure and type of substance being contained.

 

Beware of Climate

 

Climate is also a major factor. Ambient pressure changes depending on air temperature, the nature of the pressure vessel material can change due to temperature, and the resistance to pressurization may vary with different substances depending on surrounding temperature as well. Amount of direct sunlight can also affect this. Make sure that your pressure vessel manufacturer is aware of the climate in which your vessel will be used to just as much detail as they are aware of the substance you wish to contain and the pressure at which you wish to contain it.

 

We cannot emphasize how dangerous the use of the incorrect vessel for climate, pressure and substance can be. Lives are at stake with this, and a compromised vessel can sometimes not show signs of weakening until it’s far too late. These can catch you off guard, seemingly rupturing out of nowhere. We go out of our way to ensure that this isn’t going to happen in the scenario you’ve laid out.

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