There are many intricate processes involved in operating an oil refinery. Numerous processes and technologies work together to produce the thousands of petroleum-based products that Americans use every day. Scientists, engineers, and safety officials collaborate to produce these products safely and efficiently. In the midst of this fine-tuned operation, a Sealeze brush application plays an important role.
Sealeze brush is used to seal the outside of Archimedean screws, used in oil refineries to move the oil/water slurry that seeps down to a pit at the bottom of the plant. Water and oil are pumped from the pit by turning a screw-shaped surface inside the pipe. Even though the oil down there is very thick, it still has enough VOC’s (volatile organic compounds) to waft out of containment.
The EPA classifies VOCs as both indoor and outdoor air pollutants. Oil refineries are regulated and fined by various agencies for excessive VOC leakage. This is where Sealeze brush comes in.
We have successfully eliminated the VOC leakage at oil refineries in California and Illinois by sealing around the outside of the Archimedes barrel. The Archimedes screws we’ve worked on have been 48” – 60” in diameter on the outside of the barrel and 40 – 50 feet long. By sealing around the outside of the barrel with two concentric rings of brush we are able to completely eliminate leakage. In addition to sealing the barrel, Sealeze brush also plays a role in eliminating static electricity before it can pose a danger.
The seals used on Archimedes screws are passive and do not require maintenance for years. Given the necessary smooth surface for the brushes to seal onto, the brushes are not affected by wear for many years. In fact, the brushes we installed at a California oil refinery are still in place after 6+ years!
Our brush can be used to solve a variety of problems. To learn more about Sealeze brush, visit our website or give us a call today to see how we can customize your solution!