Hexane (C6H14) Handling Design, Loading, and Installation.

Although no two Hexane 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. 

What is Hexane? Hexane, also known as Hexyl hydride, dipropyl, or n-hexane is a clear colorless liquid with a petroleum-like odor.  C6H14 is used as an additive in consumer products including gasoline, glue, inks, and varnishes; as well as a cleaning agent in the textile, furniture, and printing industries.  Common household products, such as contact cement, spray adhesives and stain removers all contain hexane.

In the United States, Hexane is a “tight-fill” (closed-loop) loading operation and is loaded or unloaded into rail cars via carbon steel loading arms. Hexane, if not handled properly can cause serious injuries and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is required. Additionally, because operators are on top of the vehicles during the loading process, robust, well-designed fall prevention is essential to ensure increased throughput, without compromising operator safety.

Hexane is typically shipped in 10,000 gallon DOT-111 insulated or non-insulated general service tank cars with safety valves or vents.   The rails cars themselves are ~ 9′ outside diameter with an overall length of ~45’ to 50′, with a 6’ x 6’ center opening or off-set crash box openings.


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