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Chloroethane Valve Shutoff - Shutdown Gas Safety


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Chloroethane Valve Shut Off (C2H5Cl/CH3CH2Cl)

About Chloroethane

Chloroethane is produced by the hydrochlorination of ethylene. It is also known as Ethyl Chloride and is used industrially as a refrigerant.  Chloroethane is also used as a local anesthetic in medicine and dentistry, as a solvent (phosphorus, sulfur, fats, oils, resins, waxes), and for the manufacture of tetraethyllead and ethylcellulose. It is often used in the manufacturing and production of insecticides, dyes and drugs.

It is a colorless gas at standard temperature and pressure. It has a characteristically sharp smell. Chloroethane catches fire easily. Brief exposure to high levels can produce temporary feelings of drunkenness. At higher levels, it can cause lack of muscle coordination and unconsciousness. It can also cause stomach cramps, nausea, vomiting, and eye irritation.  When inhaled, it can act as a simple asphyxiant.

Chloroethane is a liquid when stored in pressurized gas cylinders or ton containers; however, the liquid evaporates quickly when exposed to room air.  It is shipped in pressurized 150 lb cylinders, ton containers, and tank cars.

It takes about 40 days for half of any given amount of chloroethane released to the atmosphere to disappear.

Accidental Release of Chloroethane

In the event of an accidental release of chloroethane, it is critical to shut off the gas supply.

Powell Emergency Valve Closure Systems are designed to prevent significant releases of chloroethane. In the case of an accidental release, the emergency shutdown system will close the chloroethane container valve within seconds, effectively preventing a reportable release of chloroethane regardless of where the leak occurs downstream.

It is possible to prevent an accidental release of chloroethane. Contact us today to discuss your specific application requirements.

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Shutdown Systems for Various Container Sizes

Powell is the only manufacturer to offer both pneumatic or electric systems for Chloroethane 150 lb Gas Cylinders, Chloroethane Ton Containers, Chloroethane Railcars, Chloroethane Tank Cars, and Chloroethane Bullet Tanks.