Nitric Acid (HNO3) Handling Design, Loading, and Installation.

Although no two Nitric Acid (un)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. 

Nitric Acid, also known as Aqua fortis and Spirit of Niter, is a highly corrosive mineral acid. Typically a colorless chemical compound, it can take on a yellow-ish tint over time due to the decomposition into oxides of nitrogen and water.

In the United States, Nitric Acid is a “tight-fill” (closed-loop) (un)loading operation and is loaded into rail cars via chemical hoses or 3” stainless steel loading arms. Nitric Acid 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.

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