We are aware that static mixers are used in industries where fluid processing takes place. The fluids can be of any kind, from water to oils to chemicals like ammonia. Static mixers are also used for blending gases with gases or liquids. Both miscible and immiscible substances can be effectively mixed with static mixers.
Static mixers are also called motionless mixers. This is because they have no moving parts. The static mixer is not a machine in itself.
It is used in conjunction with other mixing equipment. They are usually made of PVC, stainless steel or fiberglass. If they are meant for use with corrosive chemicals, they also have a protective coating to prevent them for damage. Because of how simple the equipment is, static mixers are affordable own, have no maintenance hassles, take up little space, and are easy to use.
However, they are best suited for moderate volumes of mixing. For large volumes, static mixers may not be too efficient. In that case, traditional tank mixers are used.
The static mixer uses in the petrochemical industry
Komax static mixers are suitable for upstream applications in exploration drilling, both onshore and offshore, and also recovery, storage, and distribution of oil and gas.
Komax static mixers are used in the petrochemical industry for:
One of the most important processes among these is downstream production. This involves converting oil into fuels, asphalt, and other petrochemical products. In the downstream production, Komax static mixers and heat exchangers are used for:
Benefits of static mixers in refineries
The quality of crude oils used in a refinery tends to deteriorate over time. This is because the easily accessible sources dry up after some time, so refineries need to switch to harder to access. As a result, the undesirable impurities in the oils increase.
Regular static mixers not meant for use in these industries do not have sufficient corrosion resistance and when processing low quality oils make them unserviceable soon. Inline static mixers are built with special corrosion resistance materials, so they last a long time without getting damaged.
For the maximum durability and impressive quality, Komax static mixers are hard to beat.