Throughout the process industries, Zirconium Columns are praised as very cost-effective methods of resisting damaging corrosion in the process line.

TITAN Metal Fabricators is widely known as a leader in Zirconium Column design and manufacturing specializing in corrosion-resistant process equipment with reactive metals.

TITAN provides the following information as additional background on Zirconium, alloy characteristics, strengths and how consideration of a Zirconium Column could be the answer to corrosion in your application.

Life Benefits of Zirconium Columns

Also known in some regions as a Tower, a Zirconium Column from TITAN possesses strong corrosion resistance.  Zirconium Columns can be more cost-effective over the entire lifecycle of the equipment than many other metals that are available.  Properly maintained, TITAN’s Zirconium Columns can operate for decades, proving Zirconium a very economical material selection.

Zirconium Columns can:

  • Deliver many years of economical service life
  • Eliminate expensive downtime due to equipment failure
  • Provide outstanding corrosion resistance
  • Provide high resistance to uniform attack

Zirconium the Metal

Zirconium has good thermal conductivity and erosion resistance.  It forms easily, is highly workable and weldable. Zirconium is an ideal material for corrosion resistant column fabrication.

Zirconium columns perform well in very harsh fluids including Sulfuric and Nitric Acid. These chemicals are frequently heated to very high temperature, putting the Zirconium’s strength and corrosion resistance to the test, yet Zirconium columns are up to the job.

Please see the Applications of Zirconium for typical mils of corrosion of various materials in hostile environments.

Our Technical Resources area also has a complete section on Zirconium properties and corrosion resistance.

Zirconium Column Designs

TITAN manufactures pressure equipment in accordance with all major international design standards and pressure vessel codes. Manufacturing capacities include diameters up to 120″, 300’ in length and weights up to 200 tons.

Designs and accessories to Zirconium Columns include:

  • Solid construction
  • Explosive clad
  • Standard jacket
  • Half pipe jacket
  • Baffles
  • Tray rings
  • Dip tubes
  • Spargers

Zirconium Corrosion Resistance

TITAN’s Zirconium Columns are found in a wide variety of manufacturing environments, across industries including chemical, petrochemical, steel and pharmaceutical applications.

To view a list of process materials where Zirconium is commonly used, please visit Applications of Zirconium.

For a general guide on corrosion resistance, temperatures and concentrations please see TITAN’s publication, “Corrosion Resistance of Metals in Various Chemical Media” for additional information.*

*Note: Final selection of material must be based on actual evaluation of the metal in the corrosive medium.


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