The highly-corrosive environments frequently found in the smelting and refining industries benefit from the corrosion-resistant properties of lead. Lining tanks or chambers with lead can offer significant protective advantages, as is exemplified in the lead-lined chambers of Glover towers and electrostatic precipitators. The latter use lead “Star Wire” centered in lead tube to remove impurities from the acid-laden atmosphere within the precipitator. The use of extruded lead tubes also allows for the safe transport of waste water, acids, and corrosive chemicals, making them suitable for acid production, refining and storage facilities. The strictest standards of safety and expertise should be employed when working in such potentially dangerous environments. Facilities such as precipitators benefit from regular professional refurbishing, including the installation of lead tubes and star-wire.
To maintain proper working condition and usage of various metals, pickling is frequently needed in order to remove oxidization and impurities that can accumulate over time on metal surfaces. Those performing the pickling process with strong acids, such as sulphuric or hydrochloride acid, will require safe transportation for these substances via tubing and pipes. High-quality extruded lead pipes and tubing of customizable size, wall thickness, and length are available for the transport of these corrosive materials. Pipes that have gone through the extrusion process are known for emerging as dense and uniform lead products. One-piece lead heating coils that are also made from extruded lead pipes are immersible in pickling tanks, and are built to work in highly corrosive environments.
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