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Pumping Alcohol is challenging due to the potential chemical attack on the pump body, gears, bushings and elastomers. This article and video shows how to match the specific alcohol being processed with the pump construction type that will offer the greatest chemical resistance.
March 12, 2021
Viking Pumps are used in the transfer, blending and metering of alcohols in a wide variety of different processes. Some examples of alcohol based applications that can benefit from a Viking Pump include methanol, butyl alcohol, isopropyl alcohol and ethyl alcohol.
Methanol - Viking Pumps are used for blending in production of formaldehyde, for automobile antifreeze, and for transfer as a general solvent.
Butyl Alcohol – Viking Pumps are used for blending and transfer in the preparation of esters and butyl acetates, along with blending/metering as a solvent in resins and coatings.
Isopropyl Alcohol - Viking Pumps are used for blending and transfer in a large number of liquids, such as: deicing agents, perfumes, lacquers, pharmaceuticals, and resins.
Ethyl Alcohol - Viking pumps are used to transfer fluids in the manufacture of fuels, disinfectants, solvents and other organic compounds.
The challenge with Alcohol is the potential chemical attack on the pump body, gears, bushings and elastomers. Pump selection will be driven by matching the specific alcohol being processed with the pump construction type that will offer the greatest chemical resistance.