During its production, acrylic acid undergoes unwanted reactions to form higher molecular weight compounds. Uncontrolled, these reactions can lead to fouling deposits and recovery loss. The current industry-standard inhibitor treatments are only partially effective, leaving a unit struggling with fouling problems. Nalco Champion technology addresses the limitations of standard inhibitors and offers acrylic acid producers a more effective solution and a competitive advantage.
To help producers further minimise the impact of fouling in an acrylic acid unit, Nalco Champion invented a unique dispersant and surface passivator technology. This technology significantly reduces polymerization by passivating the metal surfaces while ensuring any remaining polymer is dispersed in the process stream. By reducing fouling, Nalco Champion can help acrylic acid producers extend plant run lengths, minimise maintenance and cleaning cost, and increase overall total cost of operations.