Companies in the steel industry recognize that with the thin margins the market will allow, they must stay up and running with no downtime if they hope to make a profit.  Traditionally, a steel pickling line has been a high maintenance area because of the huge corrosion issues.

TITAN took on this challenge over 15 years ago. Keeping a steel pickle bath hot with no downtime calls for Tantalum Heat Exchangers. We are pleased to now be the standard of the industry with every major North American steel mill specifying TITAN Tantalum Heat Exchangers.

We have successfully solved the problems of plugging, fouling, corrosion and downtime. TITAN’s products are all custom engineered and fabricated to specific applications.

We can provide you with a long list of references with whom you can discuss the performance of TITAN’s Steel Pickling Heat Exchangers and equipment. Give us a call for our list, or even if you just have a few questions. We’re happy to help.

Immersion Coils for Steel Pickling Applications Using Sulfuric or Hydrochloric Acid

TITAN Metal Fabricators are the industry experts for corrosion-resistant Steel Pickling Heat Exchangers. Our products are all custom-engineered and fabricated to specific applications. TITAN offers a full line of standard and custom designed in-tank Immersion Coils for the indirect steam heating of pickle bath operations.

  • Cost competitive with PTFE Immersion Heaters
  • Elimination of downtime due to equipment failure
  • No spare parts to keep in inventory
  • Superior corrosion resistance
  • High heat transfer
  • High steam pressures to reduce required surface area
  • Fully welded metal design eliminates breakage during handling, installation and operation
  • Elimination of acid leaks into steam condensate

Corrosion-Resistant Heating for HCL Applications

Tantalum Heat Exchangers for pickle lines are significantly a better option as process equipment than traditional PTFE or carbon block heat exchangers. They are completely inert and offering total corrosion resistance when exposed to pickle bath chemistries.

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Comparison of PTFE, Zirconium and Tantalum Immersion Coils

Immersion Coil
Immersion Coil
Immersion Coil
Heat Input Rating (BTU) 1,000,000 1,000,000 1,000,000
Steam Pressure (PSI) 75 75 75
Typical Overall Heat Transfer 250 650 650
Coefficient (BTU/HR/SQ. FT. Deg F) Surface Area Required (SQ. FT) 29 *11.2 *11.2
Inventory of spare parts required YES NO NO
Fully welded metal design NO YES YES
+Basic heat transfer equation used to calculate required surface area.
+Zirconium Immersion Coil surface area are required does not take into consideration using a higher pressure steam

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What Next?

TITAN’s world-class team – together with leading mill metallurgists – works to solve your most challenging corrosion, application, mechanical or thermal design issues.

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