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Why there are so many stainless steel reactor in chemical industry?

By WHGCM September 28th, 2023 93 views

Advantages of stainless steel reactor:

The reason why stainless steel reaction kettles have a wide range of applications is because of their advantages.

1, Excellent mechanical properties. 

The material is made of stainless steel can withstand high working pressure and deformation. Can withstand the impact of large solid materials feeding. In many industries, they can withstand the impact of some objects.
In a variety of chemical reactions, many reactants or products are corrosive. Therefore, the materials that come into contact with these media in the reactor require a certain level of corrosion resistance.

2, Good heat resistance with wide working temperature range.

(1) Stainless steel reactors have both high temperature resistance and low temperature resistance. They can withstand -196 ℃ to 380 ℃. The material will not undergo oxidation and other chemical reactions at higher temperatures.
(2) Stainless steel reactors have an obvious advantage of rapid warming and cooling speed. And they can withstand sharp changes in temperature, to adapt to the different needs of the environment. WHGCM generally design heating, cooling, and temperature control system, such as jacket, cooling tube, insulation, and external circulation high and low temperature machine for stainless steel reactors, to enable this advantage.

3, High corrosion resistance. 

Stainless steels have good characteristics in corrosion resistance, and weathering resistance, which is retained after they're made into reactors.
Stainless steel can be considered an inactive metal. This is because the surface of stainless steel can form an anti-corrosive oxide layer that prevents further oxidation and corrosion of the metal inside.
corrosion resistance of stainless steel
Acid resistance alkali resistance
Hydrochloric acid, all types of stainless steel can not withstand the corrosion of hydrochloric acid.
Dilute sulfuric acid, 316L can withstand, but 304 certainly not.
Concentrated sulphuric acid, basically all stainless steel have no problem.
Nitric acid, basically all stainless steel have no problem.
Stainless steel can withstand strong alkali corrosion. 

4, Fast reaction speed. 

Stainless steel reaction kettle has a good stirring effect and heat transfer efficiency, can be uniformly mixed reactants, and improve reaction speed and efficiency, so as to achieve a rapid reaction.

5, Good machining property.

It has good ductility and can be made into various shapes of reaction vessels according to custom requirements, and its low requirements for welding processing make it easy to achieve batch manufacturing in industrial engineering.
(1) One of the obvious features of stainless steel is its good machinability. The shapes and structures of the reactor can be fabricated as per the reaction processes' requirements.
(2) The kettle body can be sanded and polished, not easy to hang material, easy to clean.
(3) The stainless steel reactor itself has good equipment extension performance. If your reactor needs to add some parts in the process of use, then just add a few more parts through the ports valve and tubes, then it is ok.

6, Easy to operate. 

Stainless steel reactor is simple and convenient to operate, easy to control the reaction conditions and processes, to meet the requirements of different reactions.

7, Easy to maintain. 

Stainless steel reaction vessel has good anti-corrosion and anti-oxidation properties, that make equipment maintenance and cleaning easy.

WHGCM Stainless steel reactor Samples:

Usually, as an experienced stainless steel reactor manufacturer, WHGCM can customize stainless steel reactors of various specifications according to customers' requirements:
stainless steel lab reactor stainless steel pilot reactor stainless steel industrial reactor
Stainless steel lab reactor Stainless steel pilot reactor Stainless steel industrial reactor


1. volume: 0.01Liters~20,000Liters (series specifications), can be customized according to customer requirements;
 2. Components: autoclave body, cover, jacket, stirrer, shaft seal, bearing, and drive unit;
 3. Optional reactor types: electrically heated reactor, steam heated reactor, heat-conducting oil heated reactor;
 4. optional stirrer types: anchor, frame, paddle, impeller, vortex, propeller, turbine, push-in, or stand type;
 5. reactors with optional heat adjustment types: limpet coil reactor ( sprial half pipe reactor), coil reactor, jacketed reactor, coil and jacketed reactor.
 6. Optional tank materials:304, 304L, 310,316,316L, 321 *(see schedule)
 7. Optional inner surface treatment: mirror polishing, anti-corrosion coating;
 8. Optional external surface treatment: mirror polishing, mechanical polishing, or matte;
 9. Optional shaft seal: packing sealed, mechanical sealed or magnetic sealed;
 10. Optional leg form: three-layer pyramidal ,tubular type or supporting lugs;

In addition to stainless steel reactors, WHGCM also produces and fabricates all kinds of stainless steel tanks and stainless steel heat exchangers with various specifications and types. And you are welcome to send inquiry whenever you need our product.

* schedule 
As a material with a wide range of corrosion resistance at an affordable price, stainless steel has become the material of choice for many experimental researchers and the chemical industry, such as pharmaceuticals, construction materials, chemicals, foodstuffs, pigments, resin products, and so on.
Grade  Operating temperature Features Appication Note
304 -196°C to 450°C General type 1 .corrosion-resistant containers,
2.cutlery, furniture, railings,
3.medical equipment
304 is also named as 18/8 stainless steel.
304L -196°C to 450°C Low carbon, so more corrosion resistance, easy to heat treatment 1 .Chemical reactors, tanks, pipes and fittings,
2 .food processing equipment, medical equipment, surgical instruments,
3 .building materials and decorations,
4 . marine engineering,
5 . automotive exhausts, fuel lines, gearboxes, turbines and turbine housings, etc.
310 -196°C to 1150°C High temperature oxidation resistance is excellent, the highest use temperature is 1150℃ 1 .Furnace parts, fuel burner parts,
2 .heat exchangers, welding fills,
3 .wires and electrodes,
4 .annealing caps, burner tubes,
5 .firebox tables.
316 -196°C to 450°C The second most widely used steel like 304.  The addition of molybdenum supports a special structure of corrosion resistance. 1 .food industry, watches and jewellery,
2 .pharmaceutical industry and surgical equipment,
3 .nuclear fuel recovery devices.
304 is also named as 18/10 stainless steel
316L -196°C to 750°C Low carbon and therefore more corrosion resistant, easy to heat treat 1 .chemical processing equipment,
2 .nuclear power generators,
3 .refrigerant storage tank,
4 .shipbuilding, marine engineering
321 -196°C to 450°C Similar properties to 304 except that the addition of titanium reduces the risk of corrosion in the welds of the material. 1 . Petroleum waste gas flaring ducts
2 . Engine exhaust pipe
3 . Boiler shells, heat exchangers, heating furnace components
4 . Muffler parts for diesel engines
5 . Boiler pressure vessels
6 . Chemical Transport Vehicles
7 . Expansion joints
8 . Spiral Welded Pipe for Combustion Furnace Piping and Dryers
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