That’s right. Don’t form it in the first place. This is especially applicable to operators cleaning tanks that contained lube oils and lube oil additives, because, once an emulsion is formed, skimmers, separators, and other oil separation equipment is basically useless.
Did you know that fatty materials, such as animal fats and vegetable oils, will react with alkaline cleaning solutions and that this reaction both reduces the potency of the solution and can generate copious and troublesome foams?
Did you know that tanks that have been used to carry acrylic polymers and latexes are often cleaned with caustic and steam? Many acrylates are chemical compounds known as ESTERS. Esters are the reaction product of an organic acid (acrylic acid) and an alcohol such as ethanol or methanol.
Passivation is the chemical treatment of stainless steel with a mild oxidant, such as a nitric acid solution, for the purpose of enhancing the spontaneous formation of the protective passive ﬁlm. Such chemical treatment is generally not necessary for the formation of the passive ﬁlm.
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