Thermal Process Technology

Gas Supply Systems

Pressure reducing valve with assembled flow meter
Protective Gases

Protective gases are used to force oxygen out of the gas feed boxes mentioned above. Make sure to use protective gases behaving neutrally toward the heat treated part. The protective gases should be inert, meaning no chemical bonding should occur with the workpiece or the furnace and no reactions should be enduced. In many cases, nitrogen is used as protective gas (lighter than air). Our experience shows that nitrogen does not always lead to sufficient results. A longer preflush time must also be used. Better results are achieved by adding a mixture of nitrogen and adding some hydrogen. Hydrogen acts as a reducing constituent and reacts with the oxygen. This gas mixture is known as forming gas and available in stores. Experience has shown that adding 5 % hydrogen to the nitrogen leads to good results. According to the EU material safety data sheet this mixture is considered as not flammable. National regulations, however, must be observed. This gas can be obtained in premixed form. No measures must be taken in advance to prevent explosions. If the workpiece has an affinity to hydrogen, argon used as protective gas can lead to good results. Argon is a gas which is heavier than air. This makes it relatively easy to fill the protective gas containers. Forming gas with added hydrogen (depending on the country law up to a ration of 98/2) is lighter, but it has the advantage of burning at higher temperatures and therefore binds with the oxygen. Even in a cold state, the leaking hydrogen transports the oxygen very easily out of the container. For gas mixtures with hydrogen or other combustible gases, the valid safety regulations must always be observed. If the mixture is declared as combustible, the furnace, provided it is a gas tight version, can be fitted with a corresponding safety system. Always make sure that the room is properly ventilated when working with protective gases. Country-specific safety regulations must also be followed.

Manual Gas Feed Fitting for Bottles

  • Pressure reducing valve with assembled flow meter and attached pressure gauge indicating the bottle pressure The assembled variable area flow meter ensures good readability of the amount used
  • Connection: screw connection for bottle
  • Exit: hose connection (inner diameter 9 mm)
  • 200 bar intake pressure, 4 bar outlet pressure
  • Incl. 4 m connecting hose to the furnace
Article no.Type of gasFlow rate
  l/min
631000309Ar0 - 30
631000310N20 - 30
631000311Non-flammable forming gas0 - 30
Alternative connection threads on request