What is a catalytic heater and how does it work?
What is a catalytic heater, and how does it work?
Linc Energy Systems represents IMAC Systems, the manufacturer of pilot gas preheaters and distributor of Cata-Dyne catalytic heaters. Catalytic heaters are a reliable, efficient, and safe way to add flameless explosion-proof heat to various applications within the natural gas and oil industries.
What is a catalytic heater?
A catalytic heater is a flameless heat source that uses chemical reactions to break down molecules and produce heat. In the presence of a catalyst, which is within the heater, counter-current combustion or catalytic combustion occurs when natural gas (or liquid propane gas) in the presence of oxygen creates carbon dioxide, water, and heat. In this situation, the ignition temperature of natural gas occurs at substantially lower temperatures. Therefore no flame is involved in the combustion process, and far-infrared wave emitters are created, producing radiant heat. Once the oxidation begins, the reaction and heating continue until either the oxygen or fuel source eliminates. The thermal efficiency of catalytic heating is also significantly higher than conventional heating.
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Gas meters, chokes, orifice taps, and valves
Gas wellhead heaters
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