Lasting accuracy for diaphragm seal systems for vacuum process

A diaphragm seal system in a vacuum process must master a significant challenge ? Grateful must deliver a reliable measuring result, even though the pressure drops and the temperature rises as well. The example of a chemical company producing phthalic anhydride (PA) shows that it is in no way self-evident that requirement can be met on a consistent basis.
PA is primarily used as a plasticiser for plastics. However, additionally it is found in the production of synthetic resins and dyes. The plant operator obtains this compound via the catalytic oxidation of o-xylene in the gas phase, followed by a vacuum distillation process.
Critical phase for pressure measurement
In this process, the critical phase for pressure measurement occurs in the distillation column. There, the procedure temperature can rise to more than 230 �C while the pressure drops to 100 mbar abs. With such a contrary action, the conventional installed measurement technology reaches its performance limit relatively quickly, which the aforementioned manufacturer was forced to learn ? all instrumentation showed a measurement deviation outside the defined tolerance after only fourteen days.
Diaphragm seal system adapted in all elements to the vacuum process
The diaphragm seal system is tailored exactly to the conditions of the vacuum process and tested under application conditions.
Consequently, the company approached WIKA with the request for a measuring solution that could also fulfil its task with the mandatory accuracy in the long term beneath the conditions described. WIKA then drew on its in-depth expertise to design a diaphragm seal system for the vacuum process, comprising a process transmitter (model IPT-20), a flange-type diaphragm seal with flush diaphragm (model 990.27) and a capillary.
All elements of this measuring system were selected designed for the application. Silicone oil KN32 was therefore selected because the fill fluid for pressure transmission. The cleaning and conditioning of the diaphragm seal, the capillary, the bond pieces as well as the automated filling process were also matched to one another exactly. With sensitive limit ranges, even one drop of liquid an excessive amount of or inadequate can destabilise the volume balance of the diaphragm seal system and therefore impair its function. Consequently, correct measurement would no more be guaranteed.
Test under application conditions
After cleaning, all parts of the diaphragm seal system were first fully welded into a single unit as usual, accompanied by the filling and adjustment of the system. Before delivery, however, there is another crucial step ? in its laboratory, WIKA simulated vacuum pressure process for the diaphragm seal system relative to the customer?s conditions and subjected it to a thermal ageing process. This test confirmed the procedure suitability of the measuring system.
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More info on the WIKA diaphragm seal systems can be found on the WIKA website. In case you have any questions, your contact will gladly help you.
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