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Why do Oxygen valves require degreasing?

asked Mar 25, 2014 in Process by jakangaru (2,010 points)

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answered Apr 24, 2015 by JanineBennin (685 points)
Oils and greases will react with gaseous or liquid oxygen at certain pressures and temperatures and ignite. The reaction of the oils and greases and oxygen can cause a fire or an explosion. Because of these potential dangers, process system design and control valve material selection are extremely important. Oxygen service has many hazards and requires careful and knowledgeable design of the process system. Plastic gloves are required whilst handling oxygen valves.

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