The most corrosion-resistant metal used today is tantalum. It is inert to almost all organic and inorganic compounds, and has a corrosion resistance similar to that of glass. Tantalum is often used in the manufacturing of dip tubes, piping, and overhead condensers. Tantalum should be considered wherever corrosion is a concern and long-term benefits such as reduced downtime, increased life expectancy and profitability are crucial. Tantalum heat exchangers are used in corrosive and oxidising applications, for example with concentrated sulfuric acid, nitric acid, free chlorine, or free bromine.
The most corrosion-resistant metal in common use today is tantalum. Tantalum is inert to practically all organic and inorganic compounds. Sulfuric and hydrochloric acid are inert to this reactive metal below 300°F. An attack up to 400°F is not significant, and Tantalum is commonly used up to 500°F. Tantalum has excellent thermal conductivity, is resistant to erosion, and forms easily. Tantalum's high workability and weldability make it the ideal tube material for corrosion-resistant shell and tube heat exchangers. In chemical, petrochemical and pharmaceutical applications, tantalum can be incorporated into most TEMA-type shell and tube heat exchangers and bayonet heaters. Tantalum is the only reasonable choice of construction material for a variety of processing equipment.
For chemical, petrochemical, steel, and pharmaceutical applications, tantalum can be fabricated into most Shell and Tube Heat Exchangers of the TEMA type. Our pressure equipment is designed and manufactured in accordance with all major international design standards and pressure vessel codes. Tantalum heat exchangers can be designed with carbon steel, fibreglass, PTFE lined, or glass-lined carbon steel head and bonnets. Tantalum can also be clad to form a bimetallic construction material. This is an ideal solution for high-pressure Tantalum heat exchangers and reactors.
– BEM Shell and Tube Exchangers with fixed tube sheets – Design of bayonets for reboilers – Coils for heating or cooling tanks – Tantalum tubing that can be welded or seamless – For pharmaceutical use, loose-lined tube sheets with fully drainable flush welds – Explosion-clad carbon steel heads for extremely high pressure applications