Sorbead Uses and differences from Silica Gel

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Sorbead R from Delta Adsorbents is a silica gel absorbent with an elite range of applications. The high level of reliability in Sorbead R is an outcome of a blend of unique properties.  Some of the economic benefits offered by Sorbead R include low-desorption energy and great drying capacity. Sorbead alumino extends product quality, life cycles of the process and moisture control. These efficient adsorbents are normally in the form of spherical beads that are hard and have high resistant to low attrition and crushing rate. While the longer life of this absorbent reduces operating costs, its high performance improves operating safety of plants manufacturing chemical, metal processing plants, electrical power stations and natural gas pipelines.

How is it used?

Sorbead Silica Gel Desiccant

The complete line of Sorbead’s highly efficient alumina silicate gels adsorbent includes Sorbead WS, Sorbead R, Sorbead H and Sorbead Orange CHAMELEON®

ü  Sorbead WS

Owing to high capacity of Sorbead WS, it is used at all the places where regeneration of absorbent takes place with humid gas such as blower purge or heat of air separation plants or  compression hair dryers.  BASF Sorbead WS does this work at relatively low temperature and has resistance against hydrothermal aging.

ü  Sorbead R

The primary applications of BASF Sorbead R is to dry up compressed air, liquefied gases, technical gases like O2 , CO2  or N2 and natural gas.

ü  Sorbead H

Sorbead H is used for controlling hydrocarbon dew point in the compressed natural gas and recovering heavy hydrocarbons out of the natural gas. At the same time, Sorbead H helps dehumidify the natural gas. In contrast to Sorbead WS, Sorbead H is more secured from liquid condensation.

ü  Sorbead Orange CHAMELEON®

Sorbead Orange Chameleon® is a silica gel that indicates moisture by changing its colour. It is used to protect products as well as processes from the moisture and humidity. Owing to its moisture indicating properties, Sorbead Orange CHAMELEON®®is used in laboratories, power and electrical stations.

How is it different from Silica Gel?

Acidification of sodium silicate followed by cleaning of precipitate and hydration produces traditional silica gel. However, a proprietary process of oil-drop solution gel produces the bead that is created by BASF. Colloidal Alumino Silica particles when dropped into the oil column, it creates a solution. For BASF, this process is very unique. The decrease in moisture content in the original bead ensures hydrothermal stability and greater control of pore size. In addition, Sorbead is made up of using components that contain alumina and silica, which offers better control of beads’ chemical composition. Not only this, it also highlights the divergence in consequential bead product. The process involved in making Sorbead from the very beginning to the end is different from other adsorbents in the world.

Sorbead silica gel adsorbent is exceptional among all the other absorbents including silica gel. This is because, the manufacturing process of Sorbead silica gel contain the spherical beads of silica gel that are formed through oil bath. The manufacturing conditions and the oil bath allow modification of material like adjustments in the pore size or capacity with a view to targeting specific separations.