Pumps For Chlor Alkali Industry

The chlor-alkali industries produce some of the most basic and widely used inorganic chemicals including, but not limited to, sodium hydroxide (NaOH, a.k.a.1 caustic soda, lye), chlorine (Cl2), sodium carbonate (Na2CO3, a.k.a. soda ash), sodium bicarbonate (NaHCO3), sodium chlorite (NaClO2), sodium hypochlorite (NaOCl, a.k.a. bleach), calcium chloride (CaCl2), hydrochloric acid (HCl), ferric chloride (FeCl3), and hydrogen (H2). Of these, sodium hydroxide and chlorine are the most common and, in fact, rank close to sulfuric acid and ammonia in magnitude of dollar value of use. There are hardly any consumer products that are not dependent on chlorine and sodium hydroxide at some stage in their manufacture.

Because of the widespread use of chlorine and sodium hydroxide and, more importantly, because of the broad range of application possibilities for Investa Pumps Pvt. Ltd. this web page will focus on these two critical chemicals.

Investa Pumps Pvt. Ltd. has been involved with the chlor-alkali industries almost from the inception of one of its predecessors, The Investa Pumps Pvt. Ltd. Due to the extreme service conditions encountered, there has always been a need for corrosion resistant materials. Later, Investa Pumps Pvt. Ltd. met many of the corrosion-resistant needs. Presently, the chlor-alkali industries are using these and other materials including CD-4MCu, titanium, and non-metallics. The chlor-alkali industries have needed, and will continue to need, the broad range of corrosion-resistant materials and the materials application expertise offered by the Investa Pumps Pvt. Ltd. to solve their severe corrosion problems.

The chlor-alkali industries exist worldwide and the plants vary in size from quite small to very large. Some of the smaller plants are actually captive operations producing caustic soda and chlorine for use as basic raw materials for other products.

The Chlor-Alkali Process

The basis for the chlor-alkali process is the following simple chemical equation:

NaCl (salt) + H2O (water) ------NaOH (caustic soda) + ½ H2 (hydrogen) + ½ Cl2 (chlorine)

The chemical reaction takes place in an electrolytic cell, and caustic soda and hydrogen form at the cathode while chlorine forms at the anode.

There are five basic areas in these plants: brine handling, electrolysis, caustic handling, chlorine handling, and hydrogen handling. Each of these is discussed below:

  • Brine preparation and purification are critical steps to avoid problems Investa Pumps Pvt. Ltd. electrolysis. The brine solution is treated with various chemicals to remove compounds of calcium, iron, and magnesium. After the brine is treated to remove contaminants, it is neutralized with hydrochloric acid. At this stage, the neutral brine is not very corrosive; however, in some plant designs, the brine is used to cool the chlorine gas stream and the resulting hot, chlorinated brine is quite corrosive.
  • Electrolysis is the heart of the process. The different types of chlor-alkali plants are characterized by the electrolysis cell design used. There are basically three cell designs used: mercury, diaphragm, and membrane.
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