Ethyl Chloride (CH3CH2CI) Handling Design, Loading, and Installation.

Although no two Ethyl Chloride Loading solutions will be identical, the product itself determines much of the critical design criteria that will ensure that optimum safety and productivity can work together in harmony.

Ethyl Chloride or Chloroethane is a man-made chemical compound that was once widely used in producing tetraethyl lead, a gasoline additive. More recently, it’s used as a medical ingredient to control pain, and for the temporary relief of minor sports injuries.  

When topically applied to the skin, Ethyl Chloride creates an instantaneous numbing and cooling effect on the skin surface thereby producing a temporary anesthetic effect.

Ethyl Chloride is typically shipped in DOT-111A and 112A insulated tank cars with safety valves that meet the DOT specification for the transportation of Ethyl Chloride and other like commodities. The rails cars themselves are ~ 9′ outside diameter with an overall length of ~45’ to 60′, with a 6’ x 6’ center opening or off-set opening crash box.

All trailers must be equipped with pressure relief valves, and trailers with bottom outlets must. Tank truck (un)loading procedures are similar to railcar applications with the trailers meeting established DOT requirements for hauling titanium ethyl chloride or like commodities.  Approved DOT trailers include MC 300 thru MC 312, MC 330, and MC 331 be equipped with remote-controlled stop valves.


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