Industrial Scrubbers

Industrial Scrubbers

Centrifugal Fans for Industrial Scrubber Applications

Industrial scrubbers remove or neutralize toxic gases like carbon dioxide (CO2) and corrosive acids like ammonia (NH3), hydrochloric acid (HCI), sulfuric acid (H2SO4), nitric acid (HNO3), sodium chloride (NaCl) from a gas stream for air pollution control in industrial exhaust emissions (flue gas) to meet the standards and requirements of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Air Act.

Wet scrubbers apply water and various reagents in mist form to remove the hazardous gases or particulates from the airstream. Dry scrubbers, also classified as dry sorbent injectors (DSIs) or spray dryer absorbers (SDAs), remove acidic gases from the airstreams created by combustion processes using a variety of alkaline materials and slurries.

The function of the centrifugal industrial fan in the scrubber system is to transport the contaminated air from the source and through the scrubber to clean and exhaust it. Because the air is acidic and corrosive, the fan needs to be constructed of corrosive resistant material, most commonly 304SS or 316SS, with proper sealing. It must also be extremely reliable and efficient because operations will stop without it.

The scrubber application gases, pressure, and airflow will determine your process fan specifications. Scroll or hyperlink down to find Application Featured Products, Case Studies, and further application details as follows:

Primary Industries for Industrial Scrubbers

Pollution control is required across many industries that produce Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) or Hazardous Air Pollutants (HAPs) as byproducts of their operations. Common industries that employ Scrubbers for pollution control include:

  • Agricultural Processing
  • Food Processing
  • Glass Manufacturing
  • Marine & Maritime Transportation
  • Metals & Mining
  • Oil & Gas
  • Pulp & Paper
  • Wastewater Treatment

Industrial Scrubber Fan Technology Selection & Specification

Because of the EPA emission requirements, the industrial scrubber is a core function of many industrial operations. So, it’s critical to specify and select the right fan and features, and design.

The function of the industrial scrubber fan is straightforward – get the gas through the system safely and in compliance with regulations. In addition to exhausting the gas appropriately, it also means keeping the system gas-tight until the airstream is clean enough to exit into the atmosphere. There are also a number of fan options and a few very important design requirements to keep in mind.

The most common fan for industrial scrubber applications is the Industrial Exhauster with a radial blade impeller design With extremely robust high-quality construction, it’s both cost-efficient and reliable. Other top and more efficient options include our Backward Inclined and Backward Curved models.

Fan Designs Commonly Used on Scrubbers

Fan Arrangements

Fan Arrangements indicate how the motors mount to and drive the fans. Industrial scrubbers can use both direct drive and belt drive options. In fact, any arrangement other than Arrangement 4 can work depending on how the application is situated. The top two Arrangements for scrubbers are:

Arrangement 8: Direct Drive with an overhung impeller. The fan shaft is directly coupled to the motor shaft with a flexible coupling

Arrangement 9: Belt Drive with an overhung impeller. The motor mounts to the side of the fan pedestal rather than a unitary base to save space.

Fan Accessories & Design

When it comes to design and accessories, it’s all about protecting and optimizing operations, maintenance, and life of the fan and bearings. In industrial scrubber applications, we often recommend:

Talk with Our Application Engineers

If you feel overwhelmed by all this information, don’t despair! We have a team of application engineers who are happy to talk with you and select the best fan for your application. You can call 715-365-3267, email [email protected], or send us your information, and one of our engineers will connect with you.

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