“How do I increase my gas flow rate?” Search this question online, and you may get some of the answers below:
Pressure of the gas in a container is created by the number of collisions the molecules have with each other and with the surface of the container. Increasing the number of collisions will increase gas flow rate.
There are a few ways to increase the number of collisions.
- Add more molecules. More molecules in the same size container will increase the number of times molecules collide.
- Increase the temperature. Increasing the temperature will increase the speed at which the molecules move and therefore increase the number of collisions that take place in the container.
- Decrease the size of the container. This forces the molecules into a smaller area, increasing the number of collisions that take place.
Assessing the Situation
Let’s assume that you already have the tank you want to use, and you are not interested in making any changes to the container/system. Option 3 is out because it deals with changing the size of the container. Let’s also say, to your knowledge, the tank is full and there are no more molecules to add, eliminating option 1 as a viable solution. That brings us to temperature.
When the temperature is lower, it is very difficult to maintain an optimal gas flow rate. Lower temperatures=fewer collisions in the tank. This prevents the gas from vaporizing, rendering it virtually useless. Propane, butane, nitrogen, oxygen and other compressed gasses need temperature control to ensure optimal gas flow rates. Bringing the container/system up to a temperature above the cooler existing ambient temperature will result in increased pressure, flow and efficiency.
Heating Blankets to Increase Gas Flow Rate
Heating blankets are an excellent solution to increase temperatures for improved flow rates. These blankets/jackets wrap around or lay over a variety of products and equipment to provide heat. If installed properly, these apply heat directly to the medium, eliminating heat loss from exposed surfaces. Heating blankets are easy to install and remove from the equipment requiring service. They offer integral temperature control and heat larger areas with a lower temperature gradient.
Powerblanket® offers a variety of gas cylinder heating blankets for controlling temperatures of compressed gasses. These heating blankets provide uniform heat for controlling temperatures of compressed gasses and a uniform barrier of heat across the entire cylinder. This superior heating solution reduces cost by optimizing container temperatures and increasing gas flow rates.
Case in Point
A large semiconductor manufacturing company needed a new product to improve their semiconductor manufacturing process. They needed to maintain the flow of their gas delivery system more precisely, and their existing solution did not offer the consistency they desired.
Powerblanket designed a heating product for their gas delivery system that maintained the precise temperature and gas flow rate for hydrocarbon gases.
The company’s management team later admitted that they were initially against the idea of switching to the Powerblanket specialty gas heating solution. They said, “We didn’t think it would work because it was half the power of the status quo product, but after we gave it a try, we were immediately sold. It’s a fantastic product and the sales and engineering support we received was excellent”
Shannon Stillman, a Pyro Engineer at Thor Productions, said, “We use propane in large volumes – over ½ ton each night per event. Each of our cylinders are wrapped with a Powerblanket® Gas Cylinder Heater, extending the allowable duration by at least 60%. This equates to hundreds of usable lbs. of propane per night. In addition, the UL listing and safety ratings of the Powerblanket products resolve the concerns of the site safety managers, AHJ’s (Authorities Having Jurisdiction) and Fire Marshals.”
The Powerblanket Advantage
Powerblanket has the best gas cylinder heaters on the market. Our heating blankets will overcome the effects of cold weather and maintain pressure and efficiency on any gas cylinder.
- Increase gas flow rate and efficiency of gas cylinders
- Save money by optimizing gas and material usage
- Eliminate unnecessary cylinder refills in cold weather
- Insulated full-wrap design