Compressed Gas

Compressed gas cylinders, also known as pressure vessels or bottles, are units in which industrial or medical gases are stored at above atmospheric pressure. These gases are used in a number of ways in different markets of work. You may find a compressed gas cylinder at a construction site where laborers are using gases as fuel power for welding projects, or in a hospital where oxygen has been compressed for the purpose of aiding patients that may have trouble breathing on their own. Though compressed gas is particularly useful, it can also be potentially dangerous if not handled with care and caution. It is important for those that come into contact with it to know how to properly use it and keep it from becoming a hazard to others.

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Three of the biggest issues you will face with compressed gas cylinders are leaks in the cylinder, gases being forced out of the cylinder from pressure, and the flammable gases that you may have to work with. Storing gases in high-pressure cylinders make them more readily available for transport and use, but with the gas constricted so tightly, these pressure vessels can give rise to accidents, releases or fatalities if not properly stowed away. You can also run into big problems if you have a gas leak of a flammable substance because it can flow freely past common work areas, electrical appliances or sparks and flames

Standard compression is the process that allows substances to be stored in pressure vessels. Oxygen, hydrogen and other gases are squeezed into the cylinders but still remain in their gaseous state. Other gases like carbon dioxide and propane are compressed into a liquid form. Acetylene, a common industrial gas, is unstable in its pure form and must be dissolved in a solvent before being compressed. Nitrogen and Argon are cooled to become cryogenic liquids before they can be compressed into cylinders. Each different gas presents a specific threat to those who may come into contact with it. Many of the gases, like oxygen, are flammable and can be quickly ignited causing fires and even explosions to occur, while others like chlorine can cause burns and skin corrosion. Nitrogen and helium can rid an entire area of breathable air, so extreme caution so always be exercised.

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