How to Choose the Right Rubber Lining
Selecting the correct rubber lining for your vessel or storage equipment can be complicated.
When choosing a rubber lining, consider several factors, including how well it will protect your vessel or storage tank while providing a level of safety for technicians and others responsible for the corrosive material. Blair Rubber Company offers solutions for a variety of industries and takes each application’s unique challenges into account.
Blair Rubber Co. evaluates the known variables in each rubber lining project. Our experienced team will work with you to identify which rubber lining is best for your application. Before recommending a rubber lining solution, we fully assess the role of the vessel you need to protect from corrosion and/or abrasion. Listed below are factors we weigh to offer you the highest quality rubber lining product.
What Are You Protecting?
It’s no surprise that the first question asked is, “What kind of equipment are you protecting?” Others include, “Is your vessel storing a corrosive chemical or transporting it?” and most importantly, “What material makes up the storage container or vessel?”
The answers to these questions can help narrow down the choices for tank linings that Blair Rubber can offer for a long-lasting solution.
What Are You Storing?
The kind of chemical you are storing or transporting is an important factor in selecting the correct rubber lining solution. Other influences, such as the chemical concentration, whether oils and solvents are present, and temperatures should be considered. For example, hydrochloric acid is a highly corrosive material, but Blair Rubber’s MarflexTM PG70, an amber, soft, high-quality pure gum natural rubber lining, is designed exclusively for concentrated HCl service. No matter the chemical, we have a lining solution that works.
We must also consider whether the rubber liner will be exposed to abrasions. There are two types of abrasion that may occur, impingement and sliding. Impingement occurs when particles impact the rubber lining at or near 90° angles. Sliding abrasions happen when solids in the commodity run across the rubber in a more parallel fashion. Factors like whether the abrasive particles are wet or dry and what percentage of the solution is comprised of solids should also be considered when picking the right rubber lining solution.
Temperature and Pressures
Two other service conditions that impact your rubber lining are temperature and pressures. When dealing with corrosive or volatile substances, managing minimum and maximum temperatures is vital to keep a stable environment. In many industries, such as the water treatment sector, operating pressure is also an important consideration. Blair Rubber Co. offers high-pressure lining applications to meet the needs of these industries.
The environment is the final factor Blair Rubber Co. considers when helping companies select the ideal lining for a specific service. Where is the vessel or containment equipment located and will it be in direct sunlight? Location gives our team insights to the area’s weather conditions and potentially damaging elements, such as salt, sand, wind and humidity. Transportation vessels, such as a rail car or barges, also require special considerations. It’s a familiar territory for the team at Blair Rubber Co. For many years, we’ve dissected customers’ situations and recommended solutions that work, even in unfavorable conditions.
No matter the level of complexity in a situation, Blair Rubber Co. is here to help. We’ll work with you to find the right rubber lining solution for your specific application. Contact us to get started.