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Pipeline Freezing Plugging Method - CO2 Freezing Plugging

Pipeline CO2 Freezing Plugging Method

Pipe Freezing, Freeze Plugging & Ice Plug Services

The CO2 cold freezing method is used a specially designed outer layer wrapped around a pipe that needs to be frozen. The outer layer is connected to the liquid CO2 cylinder by a high pressure rubber hose. When liquid CO2 is injected between the outer layer and the pipe,It will swell at -78°C (-109°F) become to solid CO2 (dry ice) immediately.

The low temperature and fast freezing body forms a safe ice plug to block the pipeline. The ice plug is formed only in the part of the pipe covered by the outer layer, the pipe is almost without deformation, and there is no damage to the pipe.

Freezing Plugging Technology It can be safely used in iron pipes, lead pipes, stainless steel, copper pipes and plastic pipes.

The technical advantages of freezing plugging method saves drainage and refilling time, eliminates the need to completely shut down the system, stops the operation. And take into account safety of the equipment. In industrial applications such as petrochemical refineries, food and beverage plants, industrial plants, buildings, hospitals, water treatment pipelines.

  • Freezing Plugging Operation Steps

    General valve replacement application: The pipe fluid is at rest and the outer jacket (orange) #1 is wrapped around the upstream of the pipe. Inject liquid CO2 into the outer jacket then quickly freeze the fluid inside the pipe. That can be used to disassemble, repair or replace the valve when the second outer jacket #2 can be plugged that two-way fluid by freezing.

    Star freezing

    Open the air cylinder valve fully and inject liquid CO2 according to the pipe size and time. During freezing, dry ice will be dissipated around the pipe by indeed pressing the outer layer or tapping the outer layer with a rubber hammer.

  • Maintenance process

    When the liquid solidifies, ice will forms near the outer edge of the pipe. The pipe can be repaired by plugging the pipe with the frozen plug. A special injection will be taken every 15 minutes, which will keep the freezing time as long as possible. Special air cylinders are required. After completing the above repairs, the outer layer is removed to allow the pipe to be naturally thawed. You don't need to use a fire , fluid will return to normal operating temperature for a certain period of time.

Outer Jacket

Outer Jacket Freezing Tablele 3/8" to 8"

Outer Pipe JacketQF 101QF 102QF 103QF 104QF 106QF 108
PipeLine Size1/2"3/4"1"1-1/2"2"3"3"4"5"6"7"8"
Injet No.223436679111517
Injet Time1 min1 min1 min1 min5 min5 min8 min10 min8 min8 min8 min8 min
Wait Time3 min3 min5 min5 min5 min5 min8 min10 min8 min8 min8 min8 min
Total Time8 min8 min18 min24 min30 min60 min84 min126 min190 min220 min310 min340 min
CO2 Quantity1 lb1 lb3 lbs6 lbs18 lbs36 lbs42 lbs65 lbs243 lbs297 lbs405 lbs475 lbs

Outer Jacket Size

QF101 Diameter 3/8" (9.375mm) to 3/4" (18.75mm)
QF102 Diameter 3/4" (18.75mm) to 1-1/2" (37.5mm)
QF103 Diameter 1-1/2" (37.5mm) to 3" (75mm)
QF104 Diameter 3-1/2" (87.5mm) to 4" (100mm)
QF106 Diameter 5" (125mm) to 6" (150mm)
QF108 Diameter 7" (175" (175mm) to 8" (200mm)