What is the Crush Strength of MERSORB® mercury adsorbents?

Crush strengths of adsorbent particles have been measured by two methods.
            • Individual Particle Method            • Bulk Method

Twenty particles are tested, one particle at a time. The average crush strength is reported. Crush Strength units of 1.0 Kg are approximately equal to 10 Newtons/cm2.

This method measures the crushing force of a known volume of the particles. Since much of the compressive force is distributed outward to the vessel walls, a material will give a higher number in this method than its individual particles will give when tested individually.

Adsorbent materials can exhibit a wide range of crush strengths depending on particle size, type, and material. For a given material, the larger diameter particles will typically have higher crush strengths.

Activated Carbon pellets typically have higher crush strengths than granular activated carbons, because pellets are made with more binder material and are produced under higher pressure forming methods. Activated Carbons are relatively inert to chemical attack.

Activated Aluminas are naturally self-binding, and when made by certain production methods can have high crush strengths when dry, but typically exhibit lower crush strengths when wet. Aluminas, Zeolites, and metal oxides are all attacked and weakened by acids.

Zeolites are not self-binding and are therefore mixed with clays to bind the particles together. When calcined, these beads or pellets can have good crush strengths.

MERSORB® Mercury Adsorbent vs. Pellet Diameter

4mm – 7.44 Kg (16.4 Lbs)                                                1.5mm – 2.57 Kg (5.7 Lbs)
3mm – 6.96 Kg (15.4 Lbs)                                                1.0mm – 1.25 Kg (2.8 Lbs)

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CAUTION: Wet activated carbon removes oxygen from air. Thus, an asphyxiation hazard exists inside enclosed spaces containing activated carbon. Use appropriate safety precautions when entering vessels or other enclosed spaces containing activated carbon. Exposure to strong acids and oxidizers can cause formation of toxic H2S gas.

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